mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. The first sip of this beer put me in a festive, Christmas mood and it's only October 24th. The aroma and taste was loaded with pleasant spices, reminiscent of the holidays. The only problem with this beer was that it didn't have enough malt or alcohol for a winter warmer. Very much worth trying this season.
bgarrigus (36) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a dash of cardamon make a great pie, but apparently, Harpoon thinks it makes a great beer, too. I'd have to agree. I think this is a very tasty beer, especially after dinner. Definitely a dessert beer, but if you expect that, the brew comes across wonderfully. Dark with a decent head, this winter beer is wonderful, but definitely not a "drink every day" beer. Perfect for the holidays.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 2, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a tasty brew on a cold night. Not heavy bodied like other beers would be in the same situation. The thing that stuck out at me the most was the cinnamon/nutmeg combo tasting like pumpkin pie, very tasty. This would be a terrific dessert beer. If you have the chance, pick it up.
ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 15, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2004 2003 draught. Dark brownish black. Pours with a small retreating head.
Iniitial taste is soft yet spicy. Not sharp, as some spiced beers can be. Has a medium body and lots of nutty malt. Begins to grow a bit sweet as it warms, and the spice level is rather one sided, very nutmeggy (i made that word up). Though it is smooth and drinkable when a bit colder. Dosent compare to the fuller, more complex Anchor and Winter Solstice, but is ok for a lighter mood. 7/4/6/3/14
2004 bottle Yikes. This is foul. Spice assault, backed with water. It reminds me of Buffalo Bills pumpkin ale, (not the pumpkin) because of the huge overspicing and lack of any body whatsoever. Where is all of the malt? How bout some yeast? How about anything other than pure watery spice. . . . . 6/3/4/1/7
desurfer (1242) - 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 (2647) - 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 (5122) - 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 (3388) - 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.