DalzAle (2000) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample. Clear amber pour, a little carbonation and an aroma of overpowering clove and cinnamon. Flavor was also plenty of spice, coriander, cinnamon, etc. Not a big fan of this one, too sweet and way too much spice.
JK (4660) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
No question this is a spiced beer. Lots of cinnamon. I also smell cloves and nutmeg. Flavor of fruit loops in the aftertaste. A red beer. The alcohol is too high, and the body could be a little heavier. Not a bad effort, but these guys can do better.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice pale brown color. Corriander, cinnamon, and other spices. A very smooth sweet body. Heavily spiced, but solid.
Skinnyviking (7341) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Low but lasting creamy off-white head. Clear red brown body. Powerful cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg aroma. Cinnamon dominates both aroma and flavor whereas the ginger and nutmeg is more subdued. The general impression is a rather sweet beer with little hops bitterness, low carbonation and a long spicy aftertaste.
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I saw that this is marked as a spice vegetable beer. Those have been some of my least favorite beers to date.
But I will give this a try.
The pour is fairly opaque deep mahogany brown, with a small tan head. The aroma is strong, very spicy...Nutmeg, some ginger, vanilla, sweet, and cinnamon. The taste is everything the aroma leads to expect. The beer is medium bodied, mild hops and slightly roasty malts. Very enjoyable. I think this is beer I will buy again.
madsberg (10504) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 22, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Amber/reddish coloured Unclear. Dense light brown head. Aroma of cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, light cloves and orange. Fruity touch. Flavour as well full of spiced. Reminds me a lot of brown cookies, which are served in Denmark at Christmas. Almost too much for my likings. Medium bodied. Spiced and light citric end.
Lowe1983 (1367) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a brown color with a tan head. Pretty strong aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with some caramel and a little alcohol. Flavor is similar with a strong cinnamon flavor at first. Just a hint of alcohol on the finish. Overall pretty decent.
TheAlum (5964) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle from Binnys. Pours a very dark reddish brown, just a touch of haze, a tannish head that is moderate, dies to a film, laces ok. Aromas are a blast of cinnamon and nutmeg, some vanilla and a pretty big feel for caramel and toffee, sweet slanted. Ginger, creme brulee, well spiced. Initial is a moderate, lighter side of body for that, a fairly spiced brew preaching ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, a typical Christmas styled brew with caramel, toffee, and vanilla. The beer gets spicier further in, a decent bitterness towards the finish, the spice and bitterness leave a lingering flavor, with caramel and vanilla sweetness remaining beneath. The bitterness gets stronger further in, the spice is a little overbearing, the sweetness ok, the bitterness in the finish really does a decent job of balancing. Not bad, for a heavily spiced Christmas styled beer.
Butters (3869) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 17, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUL 24, 2012 Bottle from Maniac’s Richmond Tenth Gathering. Dark orange pour. Gingerbread spices. Tasty stuff. Rerate: better than I remembered. Very good spicing on the nose and flavor. Nutmeg, gingerbread, some vanilla. And unlike so many of HF beers, this one isn’t horribly overpriced!
Kinz (3376) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brown, clear, no head really. Richmond 10th, courtesy of Butters. Nice frosty sugar gingerbread aroma. Flavor matches, with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, and mace. Nice.