annunz123 (797) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pleasant cinnamon/clove aroma, although in truth it smells more like a candle than a beer. Flavor is milder than I expected given the aroma, with a sweet, bready base, and a sweet, spicy, cinnamon finish. Very good, but a little on the gimmicky side.
5000 (5984) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, very dark, moderate off-white head, spotty lacing.   Spicy nose of nutmeg and cinnamon.   Minor ginger.   Smells like a Pumpkin Beer to me.   Spicy start, just as the aroma.   Fades quickly, seems pretty shallow, lacking in depth and body.   Seems a hollow example, smells decent, starts out decent, but fades fast and is really made up of two ingredients, nutmeg and cinnamon.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   I get no Whiskey like experience from the barrel aging.   I take that back, perhaps a very very faint bourbon experience well after the finish.   Lacks body, depth, and satisfaction.   Damn, and I really wanted to like this thinking it would be something special.   Thanks for the bottle Jason!
bluejacket74 (1183) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a reddish/brown color with maybe a half inch light tan head that fizzled away quickly. There’s a small amount of lacing. Aroma is very, very spicy. The brew smells like nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, and some oak and vanilla. But the spices overpower the whiskey in the aroma. Taste is similar to how it the brew smells, but there’s a better balance between the spice and whiskey flavors. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit slick with low/moderate carbonation. Overall I think the brew is still too spicy for me, it just gets worse and worse the closer I get to finishing the bottle. I don’t think I cared for the regular version either, but I do like this version better as it doesn’t seem as spicy in comparison as the barrel aging mellowed out the spices some. Worth a try if you’ve never had it before. $13.99 a bottle.
JStax (2568) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark brown with no head. Aroma has notes of wood, bananas, and gingerbread. Taste is sweet and loaded with bananas and spiced fruits. Sweet and mellow spice. Very nice.
LeRose (73) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured a reddish brown with a quick fizzy head that didn’t last. Aroma was Christmas cookie kitchen. Cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly fruity on the nose. Taste seems a bit out Of balance. Spice heavy and needs to be sweeter to balance. Clear cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of clove, gingerbread. Picking up some raisin or prune notes. Drying on the palate, not thick on the mouth feel. Some aftertaste that persists and gingerbread like, some molasses sweetness, flavor of dates, warmth, whisky Better as it warms. It was OK, not a fave.
Idiosynkrasie (3107) - Bielefeld, GERMANY - DEC 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
650ml bottle. Clear deep dark red colour with small to average, frothy, diminishing, minimally lacing, off-white head. Spicy aroma has lots of cinnamon, some orange, in the background typical whiskey flavours: vanilla, leather. Taste is a moderately sweet, slightly inharmonic conglomeration of the same flavours, additionally hints of alcohol. In spite of the plethora of flavours almost a bit watery.
laiti (4800) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle @ lusikka, no BBE info
Aroma is sweet with glögg, juicy notes, some spices and vanilla. Flavour has spices, vanilla and glögg. Quite juicy feeling in the flavour side too. And some vanilla and oaky notes from the barrel. Quite juicy, unique and good, barrel has been really good for this one. Beer in the form of glögg.
lusikka (5175) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle.
Pours a dark amber colour with a small head. Lovely strong aroma of apple pie, nutmeg, pepper, gingerbread, cardemom and cherries. Flavour of sweet caramel, gingerbread, wood, nutmeg, cherries, hops and chocolate biscuit. Full bodied, slick mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Finishes sweet and spicy. Really well balanced and enjoyable.
olio (5125) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
65 cl bottle.
Pours color with head. Probably the best christmassy spicy aroma I’ve ever experienced, lots of mint, apple pie, cardamom, caramel, toffee and some malts. Flavor is not as intense, lots of christmassy spices are there, but quite creamy and smooth malty notes with almost sweet chocolate notes. One of the best christmas brews I’ve tasted, at least spice-wise. Excellent.
tiong (2952) - Espoo, FINLAND - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a small head. Excellent christmasy aroma with notes of glogg, spices, cinnamon, malts, apple pie and hints of gingerbread. Taste is spicy, with lots of glogg, gingerbread, hints of warming alcohol, wood and vanilla. Finish is sweetish and spicy with hints of gingerbread and vanilla. Nice, quite tasty and surprisingly well balanced spicebomb.