ThisWangsChung (826) - 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.
tfontana (84) - 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.
voyageurmike (132) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 11, 2015
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Nice caramel brown color and decent aroma, but this ale goes downhill from there. Spices but not much malt in the flavor. Unpleasant finish. A whole lot of better winter ales than this attempt are out there.
jcnielsen (2505) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 Bottle. Pours a brownish color with white head. Cinnamon, spice, toast aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg, spice bomb, brown sugar, toast flavors. This is a spice bomb Christmas beer. This is the type of beer that Iíd maybe be in the mood for once or twice a year, but in many ways it is just an overly spiced caricature of a seasonal style Iím not too fond of.
QuezXLV (408) - Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2015
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice aroma but not very strong. Very nice cloudy brown body and very thin white suds. Smooth on the palate and a subtle aftertaste. The flavor has a nice winter spice to it.
- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
troyc (2870) - Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
[Bottle] Pours a deep amber hue with minimal head. Nose is of cinnamon, nutmeg and hints of anise. Taste is heavy on the spices. More cinnamon and some ginger mixes with caramel and bready malts. Lighter dark rum and brown sugar in the finish. Better balance compared to many beers of this style.
jhamp9 (1260) - Corinth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear mahogany pour with a nice off white head and nice lacing. Strong spice aroma with nuts and toffee in the background. Nutmeg is dominant in the flavor with cinnamon, caramel, and toast in there as well. Medium body.
FunMikeG (25) - Jacksonville, Florida, USA - JAN 8, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I thought that this would have rated higher until I actually plugged in the numbers. Pours a bright copper color with a nice tan head. Strong cinnamon aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar flavors. Could be described as a cider-like ale. A decent substitute to 2X Xmas from southern tier.
RichieBoy (42) - Getzville, New York, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber color with. Diminishing head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg and taste is the same. A nice beer for a cold winter day. A little less spice than ST 2xmas.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Nephilium (1475) - Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is predominantly cinnamon with just a touch of brown sugar and nutmeg. Pours a clear red with a thin off-white head. This is very cinnamon forward, overpowering the nutmeg and the hops. This is just a bit under being a cinnamon bomb, but thatís the only flavor Iím pulling out of it besides a little malt sweetness. Not bad, just a bit heavy handed with cinnamon
jflopsu (773) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Underrated beer and one of my favorite winter beers. Pours a clear amber with light brown head. Has a strong aroma of spices and malts. Taste is strong with a mix of cinnamon, nutmeg, hops, roasted malts, and caramel. A lingering taste of winter spices.