Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this last Dec. Pours a light amber clear with a very thin head. Soft caramel malts with herbal and phenolic spices- gingerbread. More ginger root in the flavor with light toffee, sweet caramel malts and some crackery malts- mild bitter finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Paul for sharing this at a recent tasting. Currently the #1 Winter Warmer. Served in a snifter.
Pours a nice caramel color with a really light head. Doesnít really stick around too long and only leaves a spot or two of lacing. The nose is loaded with vanilla, though it smells somewhat like extract. Thereís also a bit of caramel and malty sweetness. The taste is more vanilla plus some caramel. Not much else, though itís fairly nice. Beer has a medium body and finishes quite dry. Not terribly complex and not all the winter warmery, but pretty good.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-28-2011
nearbeer (4928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. Clear, deep garnet-brown with a lasting small head. Mild aroma of spiced caramel and light chocolate. Tastes of lightly spiced vanilla-chocolate mixture. The touch of earthy spices and hops provides harmony without being overbearing, resulting in notes of dark fruit, peppery oak, cumin, ginger, anise, cinnamon and clove. Medium body is dry and tingly with spices, and lightly carbonated.
badgerben (4889) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red color with no head. Light malt aroma. Complex flavors... caramel and chocolate mixed with dry grains. Some cinnamon and yeast. Certainly Christmasy.
snoworsummer (4810) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle shared by Dan. Pours ruby brown with a fizzy off white head. Tastes like sweet dried fruit, sweet malt, toast, bready. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like dried fruits, roasted malt, and sweet chocolate.
ChainGangGuy (4809) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JUN 4, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a rich garnet-hued body with wispy, seafoam beige head.
Smell: Spicy, fruity aroma of oranges, cranberries, cinnamon and maybe a bit of ginger.
Taste: Beyond the toasty malts, there is a real medley of flavors at work here. For me, Iím picking up orange peel, cranberries, mint, nutmeg, and cinnamon (which really comes through in the finish).
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Moderately carbonated.
Drinkability: Interesting and well-made, but not particularly to my liking.
SHIG (4675) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - AUG 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to Guyute_Pig: Poured a copper brown with a orange red hue, head is frothy lacing off white. Aroma is strong spice and caramel malt. Taste is caramel malt, leafy/tree bark, and some spice.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 21, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent orange amber with an average off white creamy head. Aroma of nutmeg, pie crust, vanilla and a lot of various spices. Flavors of the same with tons of nutmeg/vanilla that was covering up any malt/hop presence.
emacgee (4613) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Vintage í06. Poured a reddish amber. The head was thin and off white. The aroma was sweet and spicy. The flavor was layerd. Started with spice and little noticeable hop and finished with a very distinct sweet spice. Nutmeg? I was actually very impressed with this beer. It was the best spice beer Iíve had. It didnít do too many spices or not enough, very well balanced.
AdamChandler (4540) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Vintage. Bomber. Thanks Secret Santa.
A - Poured a 3 finger fluffy white head that faded slowly leaving great lacing. sort of an amber ale looking beer.
S - I smells sugar and spices. Lots of nutmeg and a hint of maltiness
T - Taste is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and nice essence of cloves and wintery Christmas spices. Finish is malty and bland.
M - light body and medium carb
O - This is a very drinkable beer. Itís a bit too sweet but solidly drinkable.