Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2008 2008 vintage. A dark, clear, garnet colored body is crowned by a small, frothy, well retained layer of tan colored foam. Sticky bands and arches of lacing cling to the glass. The aroma shows notes of dark caramel, light brown sugar, plums, and a hint of candied pecans. Nutmeg and clove come through a bit as well. Flavors show nice balance, hints of lactic creaminess bringing together the contrasting elements of caramelized fruits and earthy spices. Sugar glazed walnuts and pecans again shine through. Medium bodied, with a smooth and creamy consistency, this drinks incredibly easy. A lightly floral hop finish tops things off. This is just a tasty, sessionable winter ale. Very nice.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours clear but deep reddish brown with off-white head... smallish. Malty, malty, malty... lovely caramel, toffee, and vanilla, and the spices are quite present but they work for me... I think cinnamon, clove, nutmeg... but still adds up to something sweeter, more warming... maybe some chocolate notes? Not sure what it is exactly, but this is one of the only very spicy holiday ales that I really enjoy.
KieferUGA (461) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 3, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep, dark blood red. Thin, light tan head. Sweet aroma with hints of cinnamon. Nice malty body with hints of vanilla, brown sugar. Finish is a bit spicy. Nice treat on a cold evening.
Butters (3942) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft at city beverage in winston-salemn. Nice translucent auburn pour with good tan head. Lightly malty aroma with a little hop spiciness. Surprisingly hoppy but well balanced by the malty tones and hints of anise. Medium chewy body with moderate carbonation and some carbonic bite. Decent winter brew.
zappafan99 (463) - ASCENSION ISLAND - DEC 1, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste 12/8, Bottle. Looks: Dark red with a thin head. Aroma: Winter Spices. Cinnamon, clove, brown sugar. Taste: Wow, taste is bigger than aroma. Malty. Very spice heavy, warm and lively. Clean ( not sticky), light to medium bodied and drinkable. Good seasonal.
Caleb1035 (63) - , North Carolina, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours to dark body with caramel colored head. Aroma is of malt and spices. Taste is a nice ...chocolate and spices. Slighty thin mouthfeel but overall the palate is smooth. Will have again, this is an excellent choice.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. This was a shocker. I loved this dark mahogany beer. Loads of winter spices of cinnamon, clove, pepper, and some of that winter warmer caramel and chocolate notes. Solid beer, i’ve had it twice both were noteworthy. A gingerbread man in a glass. Solid.
Rskillz (4) - , Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2008 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Probably my favorite seasonal I’ve ever drank. Reddish inviting color with a nice tan top. Tastes of cinnamon and spices. Extremely smooth going down. Can’t wait until winter to drink it in context. Great beer.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - SEP 14, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Blake for this one. Brown bodied, tan head. Nice spiced chocolate nose, caramel as well. The flavor is a creamy chocolate, and is lightly spiced, deliciously smooth and velvety. A slight it thin for the flavor but very nice all around.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUL 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better winter seasonals I’ve had. Red/brown pour, nice whiteish head. Reminded me a little like drinking a windmill cookie, with some caramel toping poured over it. Had this on draft and bottle, definetely better on draft. Also I liked the 2007 version a little bit better, was just a little heavier. Had more characteristics of a Christmas porter to go along with the christmas cookie. I look forward to next year’s batch.