SNIAT (120) - Passaic, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tastes like they had Pumpkin Beer leftover so they slapped a "Holiday" label on it. Way to over powering, kinda flat and clouldy. Had worse though.
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice dark brown color. Perhaps a little cloudy in
appearance. Not much head. Strong nutmeg aroma.
Flavor has initially strong nutmeg then finishes with
a more cinnamon flavor. Only problem is that it is a tad
undercarbonated. Good beer.
Frank (2309) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2003 2003 Bottle: Pours a lovely deep amber/brown. Head consists of very large bubbles and is quickly diminishing. Nose is loaded with cinnamon with hints of cloves and citrus hops. Slightly watery but so smooth and delicious it hardly matters. Exceptional balance between spice and then usual ale flavors. Unlike other spicy beers, I could drink this all night.
2002 Tap: Very strong notes of nutmeg in the nose along with some cinnamon. The nutmeg persists throughout along with a little more cinnamon and maybe a hint of vanilla. Lush and creamy mouthfeel. Eggnog 0, Beer 1.
boto (1797) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 30, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
An excellent mix of spices (NO FRUIT). One of the best winters that I have had.
Holdwine (1065) - Beertimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
For the spice freaks! Nice heavy amber color and a holiday head. They use a great ale for a base and then on come the spices. Taste like a wonderful pie! Cinnamon and nutmeg are the perfect match. They bring out all the sweetness you can handle, but leave a unexpectedly pleasant drier finish.
crazyvin (1840) - New York, USA - DEC 21, 2002
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
great beer its nutmeg aftertaste is what makes it refreshing
GregL40 (97) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 18, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It was a decent winterbrew. Had it pregaming for the Disco Biscuits at a pub around the corner from The Orpheum. I would have liked a little more flavorful brew, for this one was a bit lacking in punch. Nonetheless, it’s absolutely a good drinkable brew. ReRate 12/18/02 This time around was much more enjoyable. Potent winterberry flavor, but not over the edge.
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.