jgb9348 (4709) - 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 (5225) - 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.
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2003
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Clear orange with an unpleasant soapy looking head. The aroma is massive nutmeg and cinnamon. Possibly a little too much spice in the nose. Flavor is all spice. Body is watery and there seems to be very little carbonation. Not a plesant beer.
Suttree (5130) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 29, 2003
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Burgandy, thin white head. HUGE apple pice cake aroma. Some cherry and apple pie flavors, as well as some cinnamon spice. Very tasty.
sethatuml (38) - USA - NOV 27, 2003
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ugh. Tastes like liquid gingerbread. I couldn't drink more than one. And that one was with me holding my nose.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - NOV 26, 2003
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
i hate this stuff. i can't believe i bought a six pack. just put a spray pump on the bottle and mist it over the arts and craft crap in the gift store at cracker barrel. it smells like potpourri. i hate potpourri. this is a headless beast-- a fine appearance if it's tea-- but ugly as a knife wound if it's supposed to be a robust vibrant ale. it's not what you call 'aromatic' in a positive sense. it smells. ginger snap cookies and cheap heavily perfumed toilet paper. flavor rebounds just slightly to resemble a watery ginger ale with rust and a note of gasoline. hey, i like a little cinnamon and nutmeg in a breakfast roll, but this is more than a "touch" of spices-- this is full penetration, and i wasn't a consenting partner. for sale: five bottles harpoon winter warmer, seller highly motivated!
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Yes, this one IS all about the nutmeg, som cinnamon, but overpowered by the nutmeg. I liked that the thin body and short finish helped do away with the spices rather quickly. Bonus point - my wife liked this one a lot.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Orange/amber colored with basically no head. Aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is of the spices, but has a stale taste to it. Other than the aroma this one isnt very good.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - NOV 21, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Orange-brown coloring with little head. Rich spicy smell of cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes of nutmeg and cinnamon, is slightly acidic. Leaves a dry nutmeg aftertaste.
bu11zeye (11940) - 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.