ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 2/4/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal-clear tawny copper color that is honestly quite beautiful. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with great texturing and lacing. It doesnít retain itself the best, though.
S: The most shamelessly cinnamon forward beer Iíve ever encountered. Itís almost as if Harpoon took a page from Southern Tierís book on "how to make something smell exactly like what youíre advertising". Okay, so Harpoon didnít advertise this as "Cinnamon Bomb", but you get the picture. I donít care for super-spiced brews - still, I wish most scented candles smelled like this.
T: Flavor-wise, there was no chance in hell of living up to the aroma. Still, spicing comes through quite strongly on the midtaste and finish. Ultimately, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and coriander overpower the timid malt base quite thoroughly. As a result, the balance is sorely lacking. But you know what? Itís not bad - as a showcase for the heavy spicing, Iíd even call it good.
M: Very creamy and almost lush. It slides down a bit sluggishly due to the thick texture, but becomes quite clean (not to be mistaken for dry) past the aftertaste. Carbonation is unintrusive.
O: Fairly underrated in my book. Itís not great per se (nose notwithstanding), but I wouldnít be averse to having this again. In a way, Iím glad Harpoon went for the íunsubtle, hop-devoid spice bomb routeí with this instead of the íwassail meets Arrogant Bastardí route. This is NOT for everyone, though.
lawman834 (206) - Georgia, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sweet and spicy. Cinnamon and Nutmeg obviously. Hint of banana. In fact, it reminds me of banana nut bread. Not my style perse, but quite enjoyable as on a cold gloomy evening.
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
Creedence (261) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at the very brewery. Pours a very murky brownish red, very thin beige head, patchy. Aroma is all spice, nutmeg, clove, ginger and cinnamon. Taste is quite sweet, very heavily spiced, a lot of nutmeg and a very slightly sour character from the spice. Smooth, a little thin, but with a great nutmeg and cinnamon aftertaste that lasts and lasts. Quite a delicious brew, and an interesting choice for cask.
GL2814 (340) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like the spice notes of this beer. Itís nothing amazing, but itís certainly enjoyable.
ads135 (2539) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a very nice winter warmer. Has a ton of spices, especially cinnamon. Medium bodied and rich.
ArtMac (2) - Hop Bottom, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014 does not count
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Would buy again. Holds up nicely with steak and ribs. Spices are up front and pleasant.
bellco33 (146) - Willington, Connecticut, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Poured from bottle into pint glass: Pours red / amber with a thin tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove...lots of spices. Taste is malt and a hit in the face with a spiced sledgehammer. There is nothing subtle about this beer. Cloyingly sweet, over spiced, gross beer. Took a sip just for the tick. This is one of my least favorite beers from an otherwise pretty good brewery. They need a new winter seasonal.
IceChipsSky11 (279) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
.................................................. skies and may your pots be monsters!
krittenhouse (4) - Shelby, USA - JAN 9, 2014 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is fantastic! The flavor is wonderful with just the right amount of body and flavor. We have been quite happy with this find of a nice winter warner!
ESPh (40) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Sol. Nice head, spicy clove and cinnamon influence. Nice and well balanced.
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60minuteman (566) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pale red color. No lace at all. Malt, toast, spice, and cinnamon. Lots of cinnamon. A definite winter beer. Itís ok.