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 (5685) - 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 (336) - 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 (12367) - 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 (1095) - 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!!!!!