willisread (198) - Tokyo, JAPAN - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Popeye served in a snifter. Beautiful rusty caramel color with a modest head. Fig, vanilla and muscat aromas present on arrival. Sweet malty taste with well balanced hops and spiced finish. Goes down smooth. Great winter beer.
Stuu666 (4745) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - FEB 4, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at brass monkey. Pours copper, nose is caramel, vanilla, fruity, spiced, taste is similar.
Bill Becker (449) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - JAN 23, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I see a hazy honey coloured brew that brings almost a 2 finger head of foam. Lacing is you betchya!
The nose is pretty festive. I get some nutmeg(a fav of mine in winter brews), coriander, some grape like fruitiness, all on the malty and fruity side and nay to any bitter notes.
Nutmeg and a sweetish malt flavour that reminds me of the lovely oxidation you get in a UK barleywine or old ale is first up for me. I do get some coriander and some other spiciness that doesn’t strike me so hot. Now there’s a strange bitterness that creeps in in the finish. It really started off great but...
Medium body, lightish carbonation.
Bottom line, it’s strong and pretty good overall. I had higher hopes based on my first sips.
Travlr (14192) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Clear amber color, medium white head. Aroma of orange peel and light spice. Taste has fruit, raw bread, citrus. Decent.
fiveacestx (680) - Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle labeled at "Commemorative Ale" poured into a shaker glass. Pours a dark amber but by the time the carbonation settles it’s a very impressive dark orange. Has an aroma and taste of ginger, nutmeg and pumpkin. The alcohol is sort of noticeable. Full bodied.
solidfunk (4701) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - JAN 15, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice fruit, with prominent nutmeg and other spices. Good balance, and finishes with light sweetness. Tap.
merc7186 (2329) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Bready, Cinnamon, Mild Plums, Mild Orange
Appearance: Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head Ring, Decent Lacing
Taste: Bready, Oranges, Plums
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Drying
Zarf (18) - Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Well (but not overly) hopped, with a nice balance of hop varieties all providing distinctive notes. The spices round out the nose, and the taste, leading to a great holiday-themed brew!
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BeerandBlues2 (10388) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Max’s Taphouse. Pours clear amber with a medium, creamy off-white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is sweet honey and graham cracker malt, figs and dates with light alcohol notes. Flavor is sweet malt, candied fruits, light alcohol and a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.
AgentAle (891) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, honey and winter spice. Taste is very sweet spices, caramel and roasted malts. Finishes with slight tangy bitterness. Appearance is a clear amber/orange with a pearl head that retains well.