hayduke (4435) - Eureka, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared with Strykzone on Facebook Chat. Poured a rich amber color with a beige head and good lacing. Nose is spicy with nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium plus body. Flavor is very much a blast of spices. and I get allspice to go along with the nutmeg and cinnamon. Maybe ginger. Finishes rich and flavorful with lovely spices. Great holiday beer.
Strykzone (6174) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bottle from hayduke that we had together via facebook chat. Hazy golden brown with a nice off white creamy head. Falls very unevenly. Cool looking. This begins with big nutmeg and pumpkin but soon huge fruit emerges. That fruit is not really citrus, not tropical, not stone, etc. Not sure what it was. Whatever, it was good. Lets call this a humulus holiday beer. I liked everything about it. And all of that fruit was the icing on the, well, humulus. Not usually a fan of holiday beers but this one stood out.
rosenbergh (9669) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. (Texas Wine & Spirits) Carlsbad, CA.
Dark cloudy amber colour with a small off-white head.
Spices... nutmeg, cinnamon and some other christmassy spices and some sweet maltiness in the aroma. A bit harsh bitterness, sweet maltiness and a lot of spices. I really don’t know how old is this bottle but it seems to be very christmassy and drinkable. Merry Christmas!
slowrunner77 (8991) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
"ok, i see that this got some decent reviews, and i can honestly say i don’t know what any of you are thinking. Dec 07 i had a holiday beer taste-off with over 2 dozen beers (about 20 people)...nobody liked this beer (what the hell is in there anyway)...and i think 19 of the 20 said we should dump it, so we did. needless to say it finished in a very distant last place. no redeeming qualities. maybe we got a bad one, but it didn’t taste spoiled... 2010-better than b4, still notworth buying."
thegreenrooster (3820) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 25, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour is a hazy red with a small white head. Aroma is all spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is kind of a syrupy malt with some of the spice. Finish leaves some candied apple like malt with some butterscotch on the tongue. This was a bargain bin pickup at about a quarter of the regular price so it was probably well past its prime as the spices were kinda lost. But fresh I could see this as a overly spiced winter ale.
krumbum (854) - truckee, California, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cloudy deep amber color. Smells like a fruit cake. It has a smooth spiced flavor and leaves a light coating of it behind.
Dfonorow (1992) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Orange/red with a finger-wide white head. Aroma of grapefruit, apple juice, nutmeg., and cinnamon. Flavor is sharp on the spices at first, but transitions into a hoppy fruit finish. Spice lingers in the aftertaste.
Braudog (6175) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Obviously, not in the holiday spirit anymore, but this doesn’t come across quite right. The pumpkin pie kinda thing dominates this, but it’s not pumpkiny, just some mulled spice thing, which unfortunately finishes with a off-putting mash IMHO. (#5458, 3/13/2014)
joeneugs (5269) - Livermore, California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Tap 25. It pours a deep golden orange color with an off white head. The aroma has some nice notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and fresh baked pastries. The flavor is a bit heavy on the spices with background bready malts. Pretty thick body and some solid bitterness in the finish along with slight astringency from the spices. Pretty dry and bready without much sweetness. It could have used a touch more sweetness with the spices actually.
Fatehunter (2051) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a finger and half of head on a hazy dark red colored body.
The aroma is rich malt, cinnamon and fresh baked bread. Nice.
The taste is super sweet throughout. There are little bits of spice and lemon, but the sweetness is dominating.
The texture is soft with moderate carbonation.
The sweetness is too much for me.