fidelis83 (2130) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2010 Bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a huge, creamy beige head. Aroma is full of sweet bread spice and citrus zest, some fruity esters and light soapy notes. Flavor is big on coriander and cinamon up front, dusty grain, sweet malt, some orange peel, but it is not nearly as citrusy in taste as it is in aroma, a hint of vanilla and nice earthy nutmeg to the finish. Medium body, with a slick slightly booozy entry, small bubbled, but very blanketing and sharp carbonation. After blowing off all that foam, I’m suprised that this had any carbonation left at all but it is actually rather harsh. Fairly tasty brew, the mouthfeel is not so great, but it has a really nice finish and aftertaste with, sweet bread spice and vanilla.
cmacklin (349) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - APR 23, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
330 ml bottle. (Commemorative Ale, 8% ABV) Pours a hazy orange with an average, frothy, long lasting, off-white head that laces. Sweet, spicy aroma of nutmeg, coriander, cinnamon, yeast, orange and malt. Sweet, creamy orange flavour with subtle, spicy notes of coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, yeast, alcohol and a dry, bitter, hoppy finish. Medium body with an oily texture and soft carbonation. Quite unique.
GuideDogSaint (689) - Xiamen, CHINA - APR 22, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
330ml bottle at Beer Station, Xiamen as Commemorative Ale labelled as 8.0%. Pours orange amber with a thin white head. Aroma of spice nutmeg clove and orange peel. Full bodied mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Not always a fan of these type of spiced beers but this is great.
rodenbach99 (3467) - Longueuil, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 26, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bouteille achetée à Portland, sous le nom Commemorative Ale. une bière de couleur caramel foncé avec une mousse beige épaisse. Un nez bien malté avec du caramel aux épices. Une bouche épicée, sucrée avec des notes de cannelle et muscade. Une finale épicée discordante.
Fisler (133) - GERMANY - MAR 11, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bernsteinfarben im Glas, Schaum perlt gleich weg. Schönes Malzaroma, leicht fruchtig. Geschmacklich sehr intensiv, alkoholisch, im Abgang leicht Zimt. Respekt, Japan kann Bier brauen.
djd07 (5180) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 4, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2009 Commemorative Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange with small frothy white head. The aroma is rose petals, strong floral, spice. Medium mouth with sweet fruit, light spice, very good.
willisread (531) - 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 (5667) - 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 (491) - 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 (14780) - 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 (715) - 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.