JFGrind (1860) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cinamon and nutmeg spices are evident in aroma and aftertaste. This beer could make an intresting session beer.
biermonk (265) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very pretty amber color...nose was dominated the spices cinnamon,nutmeg maybe some cloves...Flavor was very frity hinting at cherry that was chased off the palate by the spices i was pleasantly surprised
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium amber color. Small head. Aroma is NUTMEG!!!!!, allspice, cinnamon and oranges. A light bodied winter warmer. Malts are fruity and sweet with a touch of orange and citrus, Hops are slightly spicy, but are sort of overwhelmed but the nutmeg and cinnamon. Despite that ‘flaw’ this beer sort of works. It’s a nice light flavorful and spicy winter warmer. The spiciness goes away rather quickly and you are left drinking a nice light winter beer. It’s different for a winter beer, but it works. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is spicy and nutmeggy.
tidiaguy (168) - Hawley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2003
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I didn't care for this to much. Dark copper color with a near flat apperance, no head, no carbonation. Aroma is nice blend of spices, but I think it's a little over done in the flavor. I don't feel it's as full bodied as they advertised. A heavier mouth feel and a little less spice might make this a good ale.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark golden amber color with an off-white head. Intensely spicy nose; cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and ginger. The sweet spicy taste is suggestive of mince pie, spicy holiday cookies, or even fruit cake.
BigSkyman007 (202) - USA - DEC 13, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Really tasty stuff...color a very rich red/orange. Aroma spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg hints. Odd comparison, but tastes a lot like christmas cookies, with its hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla. Between this beer and the Anderson Valley Winter Solstice for my favorite winter beer.
raymow (848) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Excellent Holiday beer. I've had several different holiday brews this year and this along with Anchor Our Special Ale 2003 are the best.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Typical New Englad winter spiced beer. And not a very good one either. Pours clear dark coppery color with a head that dissapears quickly. The aroma is great, nutmeg and cinniman get me in the Christmas spirit. That's where it ends though and the beer begins it's descent down hill like a sled in the wet snow. Mouthfeel is not full bodied as promised, yet not too thin either. Finishes a bit dry. Flavor doesn't come close to the aroma and really dissapoints. Has a caramel malt flavor that is covered with cinnamon and doesn't blend well at all. Nice try but not a great tasting beer. Best bet for a christmas beer is Anchor OSA.
jgb9348 (4848) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Copper coloured body with a super-sized head full of huge bubbles. Aroma of strong nutmeg, a bit of canella, a large malt background and the always present caramel. Medium-bodied; One-dimensional taste of nutmeg overwhelming all maltiness. Caramel in the aftertaste, but not much else. Overall, a decent beer, not one you'd want all winter long though! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Norm's in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 19-November-2003.
TheBeerGod (5337) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a translucent copper. No head but seems spritzy during the pour. Nose is all spice. Definite cinnamon and nutmeg and perhaps ginger. The tongue is more of the same - spice! Cinnamon seems to be dominant. This might be good warmed up. Has a definite holiday sense about it. It's not that bad but seems one dimensional. Finishes well enough but is very uneven.