desurfer (1189) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - APR 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are you in the mood for gingerbread cookies and beer? Then this is the way to go. Taste and aroma abounds with cinnamon and nutmeg. The finish is short and mild. An enjoyable beer for the winter season.
Shag (2543) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - MAR 19, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2004 A treat to smell like freshly baked gingerbread man cookies. Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Does all this belong in a beer? Probably best on a snowy Christmas day for a holiday effect. Otherwise its not one to grab a sixer of. UPDATE : Tried this one again and I can appreciate it more now. A mild winter warmer that doesn't go crazy with the spices. I'll up my rating a bit (originally a 3.0)
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2003
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer smells much better than it tastes. The flavor is very dry and lack character. The finish is bitter, I suspect because of the nutmeg. Unimpressive for a winter beer.
notalush (4583) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 7, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very drinkable, but thin and mild for a winter beer, especially one that claims to be a winter "warmer." The spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger) are present, tastes like Christmas all right. Not much else to the flavor, though, and the finish is watery and uneventful.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - MAR 2, 2003
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
I had this beer on tap a couple of months ago. Has a nice dark copper color with an appropriate head. The aroma seemed pretty good at first, I could definitely notice the cinnamon, and figured it smelled pretty good--kinda like those places in the mall. The first couple sips were pretty good, but the cinnamon kept leaving aftertastes that kept building up to the point where I was almost nauseated. I only managed to finish about half my pint!
dprior (118) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 6, 2003
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
The cinamony/ginger thing is just a turn off. It's something that just doesn't go with beer. At the first taste I thought not bad. It got worse with the second sip. It's just too sweet.
Aurelius (3844) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mild cinnamon aroma. Tastes like gingerbread crackers or something. Thinnish palate. Cool label.
Amber1 (32) - USA - JAN 16, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
smooth, nice bronze color. Malty and spiced
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 11, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A very drinkable seasonal from Harpoon. Smooth, satisfying flavor with a nice level finish.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 11, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep amber red color with a medium thick creamy head and good lace. Sweet spicy (nutmeg/cinnamon?)malt aroma witha hint of hops. Slightly sweet malt flavor full of cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness with a spicy hop finish. medium to full bodied, slightly warming with a touch of dryness.