raymow (815) - 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 (4741) - 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 (5254) - 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 (5144) - 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.