argo0 (12033) - 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 (947) - 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 (329) - 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.
canary dog (694) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - DEC 21, 2001
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is not nearly as well-made as its sister brewery’s Wassail Ale, by Catamount. Aroma is perhaps a little fuller than the Wassail, but that is where the advantages end. This beer seems to have that stale, oxidized hop flavor found in many mediocre microbrews. The finish is somewhat thin, but has a noticeable cinnamony bite.