Raytailgater (105) - Rockledge, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 19, 2002
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A little on the spicy side, but not to the point of unpalatable
argo0 (12440) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 5, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2004 (bottled on 10/06/04) Sparkling amber body topped by a big beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg, some allspice, light orange, earthy. Taste is medium sweet, earthy, some caramel, light cinnamon, finishing with lots of nutmeg. Light-medium body.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - FEB 15, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t usually like winter beers, but this one wasn’t bad at all. A bit too nutmeg in the aroma, and too much cinnamon in the taste. A little thin and overcarbonated. No fruitness, which makes me happy, and nice and light on the hops.
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 7, 2002
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep color, the spices were very apparent, tasted a lot of cinnamon among other spices. A little too fruity for my liking, but I guess that’s what you have to expect in a winter brew, but an overall good beer.
budguy2142 (24) - USA - FEB 2, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Somewhat over spiced. Much nicer than last years but still to much cinnamon. Nice beer for the holidays. Just need to force myself to drink the rest now
noer1 (109) - Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep color, the spices were very apparent, tasted a lot of cinnamon among other spices. A little to fruity flavored for my liking, but an overall good beer.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - JAN 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice aroma sweet and spicy; Deep clear copper color, Tasty beer, the nutmeg is a nice touch to this winter beer. Palate was average, would have preferred more body. Overall a good beer.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JAN 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Better than previous years. Lighter in color (light copper) and body and thankfully not as much cinnamon. Nice nutmeg taste (which I like more than the typically burning cinnamon). Nicely done although hardly a winter warmer. More like a fall chill buster?
ericmoss3799 (73) - Warwick, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 21, 2001
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A great Holiday beer, Gets me in the Christmas spirit with the herbal spices.
Norton (333) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2001
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Has that generic aftertaste that all Harpoon stuff has. Smell is best aspect of this. I find it extremely filling which is a huge turnoff for me. I could care less if I ever have another.