J_man (621) - 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. Itís one of the best balanced additions like this that Iíve had as itís 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 donít drink it too cold. Very well done holiday ale. Itís 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 Iím surprised it doesnít get higher ratings.
hopscotch (8395) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
BottleÖ Mostly clear amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet lends a ďsecret blend of spicesĒ Ė probably nutmeg, ginger and possibly clove Ė 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.
smith4498 (2794) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Smells like a pumpkin pie with cinnamon and nutmeg and some toasted malts. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (6226) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head. The mild aroma offers up holiday spices, caramel malts, crystal malts, some sweet dark fruity esters and hints of vague hoppiness. The taste begins a touch creamy on the palate and introduces pine hop flavor mixing with malts, crystal type malts and winter-ish spices. The pine hop presence grows in bitterness as well as the winter spiciness. These notes go well together and Iím really enjoying this. It leaves a moderate level of pine hop like bitterness lingering. Great winter brew.
StefanSD (1932) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a hazy copper color with a big foamy off-white head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with piney hops, sweet grains and mulling spices like nutmeg, cloves and allspice. The taste is hops forward with piney biter hops followed by the mulling spices and a good caramel malt backbone. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes somewhat short and clean. Overall: Very tasty
theOptimator (268) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma is malty and spicy. Appearance is brownish. Taste is awful. Was told by waitress this is the house amber with "spicy/tangy tea bags" added. I wasnt sure if I should laugh or barf.... until I tried the beer. This beer is a disaster.
waolsen (1328) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
sampled some time back. hazy copper pour with thin soapy head. nutmeg, cinnamon trump hops and malting in aroma. dry hopos. bitterness and rich roasted malt. nice.
Delirium (636) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 14, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Pours dark amber-orange with a moderate off-white head. Aroma is Christmas spices, sweet malt, and some citrus hops. Flavor is various spices, a bit stronger than in the aroma, with a bit of caramel malt with a hint of roastiness, and finishing with a bit of citrus hops. Main flaws are alcohol is a bit too noticeable when it warms, and finish is quite short. The malt/spice/hops interaction is interesting overall though. Pretty good for the spiced-Christmas-beer style.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by puzzl. Deep amber-orange beer with a thin yellowish-beige head. Lots of cinnamon, allspice and ginger on the nose. Sweet and slightly malty on the back. It’s very pumpkin beer like with some sweet spiciness and a lingering gingery character. Kind of simple with an earthy hoppiness. As it warms, more malty sweetness comes out along with the peppery alcohol.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 12, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hoppy chocolate aroma with minor spice. Some pumpkin. Lots of spice in the flavor with strong pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and such. Very much like a pumpkin ale. Pretty nice. The hoppiness adds a good dimension to this.