kramer (4380) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber body with a small fizzy off-white head. The nose is a mash up of caramel sweetness, light floral hops, and a mix of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is a pretty odd mash up as well. Fairly heavy caramel sweetness and moderately bitter hops, it comes across as a hoppy Amber, but then the spices take over on the finish. Not sure I really dig the fairly heavy hop level with all these spices, they just don’t seem to work together all that well. Then there’s the fact that this is all over a fairly boring Amber ale base. Medium bodied and a bit clingy with soft fizzy carbonation. Meh, I think I’d pass on this one if I had it to do over.
boxofrane (1718) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Draft at beer fest. Hazy copper with minimal white head. The aroma is spices and brown sugar. The taste is dry, bitter, light spices. This was a bit weird, honestly.
PorterPounder (4959) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tallahassee, Fl - ABC Fine Wine & Spirits - 22 oz bomber. Medium copper pour, light, off white head that dissipates quickly, light lacing. Aroma is intriguing and spicy and just this side of cloying with a ginger and cinnamon thing going on. The spicy concoction carries over to the flavor and reminds me somewhat of horehound candy, mothballs, cinnamon and ginger. Finish has some jellied candy notes. Mouthfeel has an artificial stickiness to it. 12 oz of this would have been enough.
Aurelius (3731) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Zesty, citrus and nutmeg, sweet, dark toffee aroma. Psychedelic label, clear dark brown. Sweet, spicy, woody, a little boozy. The spice wasn’t overdone. Substantial mouthfeel, spice-bitter aftertaste. Bomber. ABC, Betton.
Dorwart (2312) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent sized tan head of varying sized bubbles. Spicy aroma with some ginger and nutmeg, vegetal aromas, some light roasted grains and grass. Color is a dark amber with good clarity. Spicy flavor as one would expect with lots of ginger and cinnamon, earthy vegetable and straw flavors, light roastyness and some tea leaves. Moderate lingering bitterness late swallow with more spices and a somewhat chalky palate. An ok brew that is heavy on the spice. Not something that I would like to drink regularily.
Thisis12ptfont (712) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pleasant aroma of hops, pumpkin, ginger and nutmeg. Amber/copper color with no foam. Crisp with very hoppy overtones with strong spice and caramel malt on the finish. Overall, I actually really enjoy this. Assertive hops and spice. I’d give this a B+ rating.
fiveacestx (419) - Texas, USA - SEP 30, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber - I found this bottle in a Chicago beer store in the summer time. Pours cloudy amber with a small off white head. It has a nice roasted ginger aroma to it and unfortunately that is the best part. Spicy and malty and a thin finish. Could have been much better.
motelpogo (5815) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - MAR 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottled, big thanks to chris for this one. poured a rich shade of amber with a hint of haze and a lasting off-white head; aroma of apple and rhubarb tart with lemon zest and hints of nutmeg and cinnamon; soft mouthfeel; some rusty tea flavours with a good hit of bitterness and some light lurking grapefruit. nice to drink a holiday beer that balances the xmas spices with some tangy hops
Guerde (1115) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - FEB 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle from bhensonb, thanks!) Pours a slightly hazed orangish/amber with a medium cream-colored head and some lacing. Aroma is certainly spice-forward, with plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and biscuit malt, which when put together smells a lot like a gingerbread cookie. Ginger gets stronger as it warms, and the beer smells passingly similar to a pumpkin beer with further warming. Flavor has plenty of sweet caramel malt, toasty biscuit, faint yam, with a quick shift of spice that abruptly slices through the sweetness. The finish lingers with spicy hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is correct. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by this one, and it reminds me a lot of Great Lakes Christmas.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, slight hops, and light spices. Poured orange in color with a small, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling. Some medium-sized particles throughout. Excellent lacing. Flavor is lightly sweet and light to medium bitter. Tastes of malt, spices, and some bittering hops. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, spice, hop finish is lightly sweet and medium bitter. 7.8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.