hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rated on 01-09-2009 at Fort Wayne, IN Winter Gathering (Bottle). This beer when poured has a small tan head with good retention, reddish brown transparent body, fair amount of lacing, and no visible carbonation. The Aroma is spicy, nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is malty, cinammon, nutmeg, and spicy. The cinnamon dominates the Aroma and Taste of this beer and it is a beer that I would drink again and worth trying.
superspak (2419) - Michigan, USA - SEP 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2012 vintage. Pours lightly cloudy dark ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, caramel, gingerbread, toast, nutmeg, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, nutmeg, caramel, gingerbread, clove, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, apple, brown sugar, cinnamon, toast, molasses, gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity of malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and lightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent imperial winter warmer. All around great balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
MisoW (1054) - Bratislava, SLOVAK REPUBLIC - AUG 23, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber, beige head. Aroma of cinnamon, red wine, cloves, sugar. Taste is sweet, cinnamon, low bitterness, red wine, spices. Good one.
dfinney23 (1573) - Houston, Texas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ahh, Christmas in July! They were not shy with the spices -- the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger somewhat overpower the base beer. Still quite tasty though.
esp0r (1890) - NORWAY - AUG 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle shared by Simonsen
Dark copper, beige head. Smells of cinnamon, christmas spices. banana bread. Moderate sweet, a cinnamon bomb. Tastes like christmas cake with cinnamon. I don’t like cinnamon all that much...
timfoolery (1124) - California, USA - JUL 29, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle as an extra in some winter trade. I'm afraid this one is just past it's prime. Lots of winter spice, but not much body. Ho hum.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Simonsen (585) - NORWAY - JUL 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Flaske fra systembolaget. Mørk kobber rødaktig. En real juleøl. Flytende fruktkake med mye smak av rom ,rosin,kanel og kardemomme . En real smaksbombe i kanel
DiarmaidBHK (3347) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from TruBeer. Pours dark brown with a very thin khaki head. Doesn’t leaves any lacing. Big Christmas spices on the nose. Smells like gingerbread cookies. Very sweet on the tongue. Hides it’s alcohol well. Solid!
tapthis (79) - Baytown, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Smells of a lot of Christmas spice (almost a bit much), though it tasted almost like perfection with how strong the smell was. It has a color of an earthy red (i guess an almost ruby color). when it warmed up i could start noting the alohol.
Aniela (2305) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - JUN 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown beer with a small beige head. Spicy, gingerbread and a bit orange aroma. Similar flavour.