jsquire (4060) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color out of the bottle with a sharp sweet cinnamon, nutmeg spicyness. Thin head dissappeared to nothing too quickly. Body is a little thin. Very spicy with lots of cinnamon and brown sugar. The finish is a little metalic. Solid spiced beer but nothing great.
Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Th first thing that got me about this beer was the aroma..very strong apple cinammon spice like a fresh baked apple crisp or some hot apple cider fresh from the oven. Coloring was a clear light orange/yellow with a serious amount of head that went down to almost nothing. The taste was very light in comparision to the aroma, with hints of spice and cinammon again and a slight warmth. Definitely a beer to sip by a fire during snowstorm
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - JAN 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color with nice tan head. Clove, allspice, malt, ginger along with a pumpkin pie taste. Spicy.
ocduff (7) - USA - JAN 26, 2004 does not count
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love Harpoon's IPA, I think it is second to none. Based on some recommendations on this site, I took a shot at their Winter Warmer on a snowy January night. It poured a deep amber color, with a soapy head that required an aggressive pour and dissapated quickly. The aroma was pungent, gave no indication of what was to come. Nutmeg and cinnamon, and a flat, watery mouthfeel, were my first impressions, with a mild cidery finish. Overall, this is an interesting beer, a definite for a holiday party, but merely as a spiced beer novelty.
egajdzis (5892) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an orange amber color with a very small off white head. Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt aroma. Overly spicy taste mixed well with a watery mouthfeel for some reason. I really didn't think this was that bad.
fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice light amber, pleasant aromas of nutmeg and cinnamon. However, the flavor and mouthfeel of the beer leave something to be desired. The mix of spices seems to overpower instead of compliment the beer.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don't know why, but I like these "Winter" beers. Nice complex spicing is strong enough to compliment, yet not overpower this nicely presented ale.
FlacoAlto (4127) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a hazy copper color with a quickly dissipating light tan head. A spiced ale aroma with notes of nutmeg in the forefront. There is a hint of cinnamon and a bit of banana ester here as well. The beer has a nice medium body to it, which I like. The spicing is quite evident in the taste and is reminiscent of a rich spice cake. The light malty sweetness compliments the spices nicely. Could perhaps be a little bit more carbonated. A pretty nice interpretation of a spiced ale, though perhaps a bit too spice oriented for my tastes.
Silphium (3191) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a fiery orange color with absolutely no head. Strong cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Normally, I'm not the biggest fan of spiced ales, as the spices usually seem to dominate the palate. This example is a bit different- while the cinnamon and nutmeg are strong, the sweet malt background makes this taste like a cookie instead of spiced spiked water.
elsberry (87) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow. My wife picked this up for me, and my first expectation was that it would be one of those six packs that sit in the fridge forever, but it was not to be. Prevalent nutmeg bitterness, and a plesant aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg,as well as a hint of clove and ginger. A nice amber color with a thick head. A nice change from other holiday brews I've had. Not too heavy. A nice one I'll look forward to again.