Blairgus (1749) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 Dec 2011, bottle. light amber, clear, occasional bubbles, frothy head. malty aroma with some very faint spices that i couldn’t identify. med body and moderately fizzy. i don’t know why they call it a malt beverage instead of beer. up front there is a resiny hop, sugary red fruit malt, and maybe some spices. alcohol is pretty prominent but not dominant. pretty nice. a bit bitter finish. i like this.
DocLock (6789) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Pours copper with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange zest, nutmeg, perhaps ginger,and hops. Tasted malty, with the spiced and hops complementing each other. A good holiday ale.
Rosebud butternuts (2382) - Denton, Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to bhensonb. Poured amber with an off white head. Aroma was a huge blend of spices and maybe some dark fruits. Flavor was spice, citrus, Orange, pine, and caramel. Body was medium with medium carbonation.
rayOfBeer (544) - El Cerrito, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber: pours red-amber with medium off-white head and low carb. Aroma is slightly vegetal with some cinnamon and caramel. Flavor is disjointed with cinnamon and nutmeg bittering the tongue, while vegetal hops run around in the background together with a little caramel malt. Palate is mild sweet with a lingering bitterness that takes over. Maybe this beer would do better with a little time but not my favorite now.
bnoel09 (378) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Deep copper color with no real head. Aroma has a variety of spices and is reminiscent of gingerbread. Flavor matches the aroma well with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice winter beer.
dnstone (1984) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spiced aroma. Hazed amber color with a nice tan head. Hoppy and spiced flavor. A great holiday beer.
Palidor19 (2724) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of herbs with a strange funkiness. hops are short and bitter with a spicy assortment
nick76 (4073) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma has malt, herbal hops, and spice. The taste is like the aroma. The appearance is amber. Overall not that good but has a nice spice quality.
J_man (535) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Found this holiday beer yesterday on 5/18 and had to rescue it. Strong sweet malty aroma with a cotton candy component coming off a clear copper/amber body with a foamy white head. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor with a good clove/nutmeg spice component. It’s one of the best balanced additions like this that I’ve had as it’s noticeable but not overwhelming or out of balance in any way. Good bitter, earthy hop bite that balances out some of the sweetness in a very good way. Spices, sugar and a little smokiness are left behind. This gets better and better as it warms up so don’t drink it too cold. Very well done holiday ale. It’s Christmas in May! **2012** Just had the 2011 version and my notes seem to still apply to this vintage. This is really a delicious holiday ale and I’m surprised it doesn’t get higher ratings.
hopscotch (8212) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Mostly clear amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet lends a “secret blend of spices” – probably nutmeg, ginger and possibly clove – to compliment some really nice date and toffee notes. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and snappy carbonation. The spicy, moderately sweet flavor presents brown sugar, caramel and sugar cookie flanked and balanced out a bit by medium woody bitterness and Christmas spices aplenty. Finishes bittersweet and dry. The sweetness quickly fades, but the bitterness hangs on a good while. Solid.