Shag (2598) - 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 (4824) - 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 (3306) - 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 (4109) - 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.
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.