ThisWangsChung (836) - 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.
onceblind (7007) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 16, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep nutty Amber with a thin white cap. Gingerbread and pseudo-pumpkin spice aroma with more spice than malt on the nose, and light cinnamon apple. Light and crisp body with cinnamon apple flavors and a little earthy caramalt, and a fair dose of holiday/pumpkin spice tones. Really meh.
PlantCityJax (50) - Plant City, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice color and taste. The winter spices are well done; not over done as in many winter brews. Tasted on draft at Churchill Tavern, New York.
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DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle, from my local Kroger. Enjoy by 1/15/16. Clear brown red color. Thin off-white head. Leaves decent ridges of lace. Red / amber ale kind of aroma to it. Some caramel, more toasty malt though. More cinnamon and nutmeg though, all else is mild underneath that. Medium body. Kind of soft, lighter to moderate carbonation. Moderate sweet taste, very mild bitterness, some spicy edge. Alright winter ale. But pretty basic. Not much to it at all.
Shot (430) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours red with a half-inch head. Aromas of cinnamon and caramel. Flavors are caramel, spice, ginger and bread. Finishes with a bit of earthy hoppiness. Clean, fizzy mouthfeel. Not bad, but not exceptional.
kingaugusta (224) - Georgia, USA - DEC 21, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours hazy blonde with a white head. Nose is sweet and slightly citrus and herbal. the flavor is fairly thin and leans toward light citrus and a touch of coriander. light carbonation not quite sure how this is considered a winter warmer
N3lson1 (951) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2015
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Drank from a pint, poured from a twelve ounce bottle. Has some odd nutmeg flavors and aromas, not very good.
NikkTwist (2660) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Fado in Philly. Top of a keg. Hazy red chestnut pour with a flux of choppy beige foam. Juicy and spicy red ale. Cinnamon. Blood oranges spiked with cloves. Nutmeg. Allspice. Not adventurous. Ultimately mediocre.
ryanscourt (1360) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traditional winter warmer, not too much different than the fall seasonals.
ryanhunter_4 (217) - La Crete, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 10, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle poured at my brotherís place in Methuen, MA. Pours a cloudy amber color with minimal head. Smells like cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes about the same. Might be good at Christmas but iím not loving it in July. Drinkable though.
tfontana (663) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 23, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can from Signal Variety Plaistow, NH. Aroma is holiday spice--cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Appearance is crystal clear amber with minimal sparkle and 1 finger width off white fluffy head with only fair retention and minimal lacing. Taste is like the nose--mainly spice. Itís not so much a beer with hints of holiday spice but a holiday spice drink that qualifies as a beer. Palate is medium bodied, moderately thick with lively carbonation with a little bit of a zing at the tip of the tongue. Finish is mostly spice and short with hint of bitterness. This is an enjoyable holiday beer. No complexity and not terribly interesting but for a particular mood at a certain time of year it would fit the bill.