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.
gendv138 (253) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (Van Wink version with silver cap) from a trade poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours a dark ruby color with half a finger of off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Aromas of big bourbon, cinnamon, gingerbread, spices, coconut, vanilla, caramel. Tasting notes of bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, cinnamon, gingerbread cookies. Light carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. More booziness as it warms. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Kind of prefer the non-barrel aged version, the bourbon is nice at first but doesn’t blend with the base beer as much as I’d hope. Maybe a different type of barrel would compliment better, or maybe this is just one that’s better without barrel aging. Still a solid brew.
italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 13, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle generously shared by joemuff during the post-grand tasting muff party at RBWG. This is the Pappy version. Luscious chocolate liqueur, lingering toast and biscuit. Soft, pillowy marshmallow sweetness. Hell yeah.
NielsenRatings (8113) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ home via the ole rotterbox. Cheers Rot! Pours a fairly clear, deep orangish brown appearance with a thin light brown head. Pretty heavy cinnamon and nutmeg, very spicy, vanilla, dark fruity, caramel aroma. Again, very spicy flavor that is straight up gingerbread with maybe a bit of cardamom. I can’t detect any barrel presence, just a lot of spices. Booze well hidden. Drinks good.
48FanInCali (651) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bomber. Maple pour with slight off white head. Nose of Christmas spices. Taste follows the nose. Not very boozy which is nice. Nice winter warmer. Tastes a little like Dr. Pepper. Solid.
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AnnaEA (11) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks beautiful in the glass, a lovely reddish amber with a light foamy head. Tastes of spices! And more spices! Normally I’m not to fond of higher alcohol content beers, but this one is so spice rich that it smooths the burn out nicely. The spices overwhelm any other flavors for me, with such a rich melange that I feel like I might be on Arrakis.
phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s-Eastgate. Pours a bright, clear reddish amber with a small off-white head. Big nose and flavor, consistent with one another. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, toasted and caramel malts, vanilla, brown sugar, and some bourbon warmth. Like a slightly sweeter, boozier gingerbread cookie. Medium-bodied, with a sweet and spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really excellent barrel-aged winter beer. Fun to drink and share.
AirForceHops (2578) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Dark mahogany color with no head anywhere in the snifter. Aroma is nothing short of amazing. Ginger covered in cinnamon, winter mint and hints of clove. The flavor is mirror image of the aromas. It reminds me of a gingersnap cookie soaked in a whiskey barrel. The whiskey is a light nuance and the spices are the Christmas season on steroids. Medium to full in body with a rye malt finish. This bottle is for sure a year old since it was purchased in August. Really nice surprise.
Fritz123 (718) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the Hoppin Frog tasting room in Akron, OH. 5oz pour. Golden-amber in color with a thin white head. No real lacing. Aroma was powerful with spices like cinnamon, allspice, cloves and booze. The taste was very sweet (more than I really like). Spices come through especially the cinnamon. Full body for the style and oily. The booziness is prevalent and the overall flavor is washed away in the sweetness. Not my favorite from HF.
gyllenbock (3948) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of apples, cinnamon, spices, toffee, nutmeg and some fruit. Not too sweet. A real "Christmas Beer".
thornecb (4111) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Tan head quickly recedes to nothing. Nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Thin with pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon turning warming in the lasting finish. Slight bourbon afterburn is nothing special, but brings the base brew up a couple of notches.