bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2010 (Draught and bottle samples) Tis’ the season for a good winter brew... Pours a clear dark amber-brown with a small off-white head. Flavor of pine, caramel, nutmeg, leaves, allspice, cinnamon, and nuts. Flavor of pine, nuts, caramel, cinnamon, and clove.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nutmeg aroma, not much else though. Nutmeg flavor, touch of malt. Medium body. Lingering spice aftertaste. Not bad but could use a bit more going on than just the spice.
kujo9 (1092) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - NOV 20, 2003
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2003 Amber color with minimal to no head retention! Nutmeg, nutmeg, nutmeg!!! That's all I smell!!!!! If I wanted that much damn nutmeg, I'd have bought some egg nog, poured some dried nutmeg on it, and drank that! When the hell are brewers going to get it that a little goes a long way!!!!! Also cinnamon, but to a lesser extent. No malt, no hop aroma, just nutmeg and cinnamon!!!! It's seemingly well balanced, but has little malt flavor; Fairly dry on the palate, a slight fruitiness. Medium bodied w/ a moderate carbonation and a nice evenly balanced m/f overall. Not smooth, not astringent, but balanced. Let me preface my overall impression by saying I don't like spiced beers. This is not a winter warmer, this is a spiced beer IMHO!!!!! Too mucy nutmeg and not enough malt to balance the flavor. I'll give the rest of this sixer away to others! Again, just MHO!!!!! I might give this beer one more shot and rate it again tomorrow, but I'm not holding out much hope that it will improve! Next day, still don't really like it!!!!!
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber hue with a small rocky off-white head and little lace. Aroma had a big spicy nose of cinnamon and allspice with additional cereal, roasted malt, floral hops, leather, plum, and apple notes. Tasted like a spicy fruit cake, not much bitterness. Dry and chalky finish, can taste the spices forever. Alcohol was well hidden. Medium-bodied with a surprising thin mouthfeel. Spiced just right, not overpowering. Still could have used a bit more hops for better balance. Respectable.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 I celebrated the first bitterly cold night of the season (as well as the lunar eclipse) with this seasonal ale. Acidic and pungent dessert-style beer. Strong pumpkin & cinnamon flavors dominate the festive ale. A really upfront beer. All the taste is immediate like a malty explosion amd there is little left to the palate or to the finish. Nice ABV %. Dark red in color. Like eating a gingerbread house or licking my mom's potpourri!
fishonmyplane (335) - Newington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. It has a nice aroma of spices, which certainly makes me think of the holidays. The flavor is almost exclusively of cinnamon, with very little maltiness. It's pretty good but, much like a pumpkin beer, I think it would be hard to drink much of this stuff in one session.
mribm (448) - Hurley, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. The first sip of this beer put me in a festive, Christmas mood and it's only October 24th. The aroma and taste was loaded with pleasant spices, reminiscent of the holidays. The only problem with this beer was that it didn't have enough malt or alcohol for a winter warmer. Very much worth trying this season.
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of cardamon make a great pie, but apparently, Harpoon thinks it makes a great beer, too. I'd have to agree. I think this is a very tasty beer, especially after dinner. Definitely a dessert beer, but if you expect that, the brew comes across wonderfully. Dark with a decent head, this winter beer is wonderful, but definitely not a "drink every day" beer. Perfect for the holidays.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a tasty brew on a cold night. Not heavy bodied like other beers would be in the same situation. The thing that stuck out at me the most was the cinnamon/nutmeg combo tasting like pumpkin pie, very tasty. This would be a terrific dessert beer. If you have the chance, pick it up.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 2003 draught. Dark brownish black. Pours with a small retreating head.
Iniitial taste is soft yet spicy. Not sharp, as some spiced beers can be. Has a medium body and lots of nutty malt. Begins to grow a bit sweet as it warms, and the spice level is rather one sided, very nutmeggy (i made that word up). Though it is smooth and drinkable when a bit colder. Dosent compare to the fuller, more complex Anchor and Winter Solstice, but is ok for a lighter mood. 7/4/6/3/14
2004 bottle Yikes. This is foul. Spice assault, backed with water. It reminds me of Buffalo Bills pumpkin ale, (not the pumpkin) because of the huge overspicing and lack of any body whatsoever. Where is all of the malt? How bout some yeast? How about anything other than pure watery spice. . . . . 6/3/4/1/7