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 (334) - 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 (12109) - 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 (1094) - 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!!!!!
BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber hue with a small rocky off-white head and little lace. Aroma had a big spicy nose of cinnamon and allspice with additional cereal, roasted malt, floral hops, leather, plum, and apple notes. Tasted like a spicy fruit cake, not much bitterness. Dry and chalky finish, can taste the spices forever. Alcohol was well hidden. Medium-bodied with a surprising thin mouthfeel. Spiced just right, not overpowering. Still could have used a bit more hops for better balance. Respectable.
eraserhd10 (226) - new haven, Connecticut, USA - NOV 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2003 I celebrated the first bitterly cold night of the season (as well as the lunar eclipse) with this seasonal ale. Acidic and pungent dessert-style beer. Strong pumpkin & cinnamon flavors dominate the festive ale. A really upfront beer. All the taste is immediate like a malty explosion amd there is little left to the palate or to the finish. Nice ABV %. Dark red in color. Like eating a gingerbread house or licking my mom's potpourri!