Silphium (3190) - 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.
brownaler (393) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice surprise. The beer tastes just like an oatmeal cookie with some cinnamon spices. Mmmm, I can almost taste the raisins.
Spiesy (2338) - Sydney, Greater London, AUSTRALIA - JAN 4, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled, Cherbourg, Massachusetts. Ginger/amber colour. Large ginger and spiced aroma. Cinnamon and spiced flavours, ginger and mixed roots. Not the easiest of beers to drink but you have my assurance that it was put to the sword.
mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice spicey flavor. Yellow in color. Cinnamon and Nutmeg. Malty. Nice christmas beer.
monkeyman (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 27, 2003
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Undated single bottle. Almost a drain pour, and a huge disappointment from Harpoon. Intense cloying cinnamon, destroys whatever else they were offering.
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Not sure what to make of this. Nice orange yellow color with a white head. Interesting spice aroma, that reminds me of cola more than anything else. A combination of wintergreen, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Glad I like cola. Nice spicey flavor, and you can pick out the hops! Malty as well. Emjoyable for a Christmas beer.
cherr (162) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer has a smell of both cinnamon and nutmeg. The color is a middle amber. The taste is a bit muted, but the spices are very evident. The spices really make this beer as the background is a bit like a typical domestic.
HighlanderOne (1082) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well done. Sometimes these winter brews tend to too overwhelming with flavor - almost gooey. Harpoon got it right. The cinnamon & nutmeg are right there in the aroma and taste, but not to the point that it makes you sick as you drink it. Good feel and finish all the way.
jzzbassman (1525) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2003
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pretty interesting; like eating cinammon toast and drinking ale... Enjoyable but I found it very thin bodied.