mikejmadden99 (103) - Mountain Top, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The appearance of this brew is a hazy gold/brown color. A slim creamy foam on top which dissipates very quickly. On the smell topic, look out a Christmases dream but it is too overpowering for a beer. Overwhelming hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, which are accompanied by an array of fruity smells.
Tasting this beer is a different story, the spiciness completely covers any fruitiness taste that is there, and at the same time covers the alcohol taste. But this beer also has a mild hoppy bitterness present, not too much though.
Over all I kind of actually like it, but after a few grew tired of it. It a good beer to have one or two on a cold winters day.
goz (359) - Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Medium amber pour, small, quickly diminishing head. Aroma is spiced, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor follows with the same spices. No hops to be found.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - DEC 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good seasonal brew, copper color with a short-lived rocky head. Aroma of ginger and nutmeg(as expected)FULL bodied with thick spiced up malts throughout. As with most winter seasonals, after drinking more than a few leaves that spice taste in the back of your throat. Could use a touch more alcohol to give the warming effect.
xmandax (130) - Astoria, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
this beer tastes like christmas, which makes it appropriate only on rare occasions. very spicy, with not much else flavor. also tasty in a half and half with either a hard apple-y cider or a sweet stout.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2002
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer is so spiced, it masks all beery flavors. It’s essentially like liquifying a gingerbread man and drinking it.
JahNoth (1039) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice looking ale with the scent of cinnamon potpourri. Mildly artificial taste but decent nevertheless.
aracauna (2920) - Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear red brown, bright. Ok head. Aroma is lemon pepper and mild pumpkin spices. Flavor is mild spices with sweet malt. It’s far from over spiced, but lacks a bit of fullness in the flavor for a good winter.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - DEC 7, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crystal clear copper color. Smells of nutmeg, ginger and a hint of cinnamon. Very spicey taste with nutmeg and cinnamon dominating, not enough malt presence. Very thin head and body. The spices are a little much but overall a very tasty holiday brew.
Uglyradio (791) - Greenville, South Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper color with a medium sized white head. Aroma is mostly nutmeg and cinnamon with a slight malt aroma present. Spicy flavor of nutmeg and cinnamon that is in good balance with the hops and malts. The spices do dominate, but are not too much.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 2, 2002
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Has a slightly cloudy amber color and smells like a ginger bread. The smell continues into the taste and finishes with moderate bitterness. Overall not too bad as the taste is not too strong of spice. It is a good fall/winter beer.