GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours brown with a small white head, just like you would expect from an american brown ale. Then the aromas hit you with ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon all melding together like piping hot gingerbread from the oven. Flavors do not disappoint as gingerbread cookies come immediately to mind and linger enticingly on the palate. Very Christmasy and I wish someone would have left a plate of this by the tree Christmas night.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Poured a reddish/brown color with an averaged sized off white head. Lots of spices. Big red bubble gum came immediately to mind. TOns of cinnamon and ginger.Tastes of the same spice overload. Some caramel and chocolate in the tastes too. If you like your beers full of spices, you should like this one.
TomDecapolis (4338) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deeper ruby amber almost chestnut with a small bubbly off white head that went away to nothing quickly. This beer only opened too a light hiss and the carbonation seemed a bit light overall. Aroma of gingerbread cookies, light cinnamon, some toasted malt, nuts and nutmeg. Flavor was even more like gingerbread cookies. Pretty much the closest I have noticed a beer being to a gingerbread cookie. The cinnamon and nutmeg along with hints of the brown ale it once was is still there. If the carbonation was there this beer would be an excellent Christmas spiced ale. ABV well hidden beer fermented out nicely.
awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Crown downtown, shared with Brothers Eric & Nathan. Pours hazy cherry brown. Nose is winter spices and yeast. Flavor is the advertised spices as well as a hint of coriander and pumpkin spice. The alcohol flavor is a little to prominent at this point for me, but overall not a bad offering.
nwiseman (192) - West Lafayette, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle graciously shared by awiseman. Aroma is bright and spicey. Reminiscent of baked apples and cinnamon. Pours slightly translucent dark brown, with little to no head. Taste like a cider vinegar, with lots of spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Slightly sharp on the tongue, with a just a hint of bitterness in the finish. Quite a tasty beer but I dont think I would want it any time but christmas.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper ruby with a thin, wispy-lacing off-white head. Has a sweet caramel and black cherry nose with a spiced cinnamon and nutmeg balance. Starts with pretty good fullness and sweet dark caramel with a good authentic balance of cinnamon and juniper berries before a semisweet well-spiced earthy finish. A pretty true to style spiced winter ale.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Powerfully spicy aroma. Almost like a cologne - old spice - mixed with allspice and cinnamon. Flavor is a blend of heavily spiced gingerbread and fruitcake. A bit rough around the edges.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 26, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a red brown with off white head. Crazy spicy aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is also very spicy but it does not mix well with the sweet malt and candied fruit. I am not a big fan of this...
sebletitje (6024) - Enghien, BELGIUM - DEC 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours reddish/amber, off-white head
aroma lots of good malted, caramel nose with some spices
flavor, malty, mild chocolate and caramel malts, ginger and cinnamon spices. Overall the spices are well tuned with the malt profile, not overpowering the palate.
alobar (2515) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber color with no head. Large aroma of cinnamon and ginger. Flavor of sweet malts underlies the heavy emphasis on spice. Lot of cinnamon and ginger with hints of nutmeg. A bit too spicy.