bb (6695) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Ruby amber beer with an off-white head. Sweet malt, spice, and citrus hop aroma. Sweet malt, Xmas spices, grapefruit and pine flavor. Lingering sweetness that borders on sacharine - with hops. Very muddled. Nice hop flavor but spices donít do anythign for it.
bu11zeye (11760) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, florals, and fruitiness. Flavor of hops, peppery, and cinnamon with a somewhat bitter finish. Okay, but hard to finish a 22oz bottle.
ChazMania (642) - Pasadena, California, USA - DEC 1, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. This was disappointing after I have had a few really good Holiday Ales the past few weeks. This has way to much clove and nutmeg spice aroma and flavor. It was one of those "first sip interesting" because it is different, "second sip not so good" and downhill from there.
nahthan (129) - Oakland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
It seemed okay at first, spices with a decent hop flavor. But as it warmed up it had me second guessing about cleanliness issues: Cloves that were added or phenols that came from poor sanitation? Astringency or dry? Contaminated or well attenuated? I will try this breweryís beers again on tap someday, but until then I suspect they havenít achieved the cleanliness to be putting their brews in bottles.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours a clear deep orange amber with a large off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy, malty orange, cinnamon and clove giving a mulled cider sort of character. Also sweet and spicy in the flavor, with brown sugar, clove and bittering spices leaving an astringent sensation in the mouth. Medium to full body, gentle carbonation.
jazz88 (2527) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 20, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. A reddish brown clear color with a foamy off-white head. A spiced (ginger, candy, pepper) hoppy malt aroma that finishes with a vegetable grainy, malt and caramel flavor.
DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bomber purchased at BevMo in Natomas, CA. Fruity, cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe a bit of vanilla present in the nose. There also appears to be some herbal, floral hoppiness present as well. Somewhat sour...kind of smells off, actually. Transparent amber-orange body with a medium light tan head and sufficient lacing present. Light cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness to start, which is followed up by a nice nutty, caramel chewy maltiness in the middle. Lingering floral hoppiness comes in at the end with some more spices making their way into the flavor. A little dry, bitter ethanolic finish, but the flavor makes up for the awkward aroma. Pretty good.
dwyerpg (4354) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 15, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smells great, nutmeg and pumpking. Very strong aroma. Taste is like the smell, it actually seems to have quite a bit of pumpking. Itís not really that good though. Dry throughout, itís just too much spices.
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Goofy label with an okay beer behind it. Orangish pour with a decent, off-white head. Aroma is very hoppy and floral, to te point that I expected more of an IPA. The flavor is flat. Wooden, grassy, and dusty, without the hop bitterness the aroma led me to expect. There is a mystery flavor that is medicinal, kind of like the anti-bacterial first-aid spray. This might be worth a second try, but Iím not racing out to get it.
0o9i (438) - Reno, Nevada, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark honey body, lightly sparkling, with an off-white, yellowish head, and nice lacing. Looks great. Mouth is medium to full with light, foamy carbonation and a lightly dry finish. Aroma of honey, flowers and LOTS A HOPS. Smells like...hops, hop flowers, fruit like a bag of fresh oranges, sweet malts, sugary pollen, honey, floral aroma, and rubbing alcohol. Tastes like...pine, wood, something nectar-like that I couldnít really pinpoint, lightly alcoholic flavor and an astringent apple flavor. There is something like hop oil...or something. Itís unique. Pretty decent.