bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich aroma of spice and malt. Deep coppery amber color with a not longlasting head which demonstrates a small amount of lacing. It’s beginning to smell a lot like Xmas. Starts with those spicy things like nutmeg, probably allspice, and a gingery tingle. Substantial mouth feel. Creamy, yes, but not exactly smooth. Every sip is a fresh expression of spice. And it’s spice that goes well with the ale concept. Imagine anybody doing this with a lager (challenge issued to Boston Beer; Fezziwig isn’t it). The finish is reduced spice, some kind of vegetable, and that light tingle. Not sure there’s much hop in here, but whatever it is works.
bu11zeye (12112) - 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.
argo0 (11957) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 (GABF05) Clear straw body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, Belgian spice, floral, very fruity. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, grapefruit, light nutmeg. Ligt-medium body, some resin in the finish. (8/3/7/4/15)
2000 version: This was my favorite beer at the 2001 GABF (admittedly, i stuck to beers i hadn’t tried before). sweet and hoppy, with alcohol warmth seeping into the flavor. rich malty aroma, even though my sense of smell wasn’t at peak levels when i found this beer. great palate, and nice bittersweet aftertaste. too bad they don’t ship this one east! (8/5/9/5/18)
jcwattsrugger (11359) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, spice-cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste is spice, medium malt-toffee, some earthy. OK carbonation. Thanks to Stevo for sharing.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Hoppy Claws Holiday Ale
Date: December 03, 2006
Appearance: muddy dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: fresh floral hop aroma on a dark spiced malt base with a hint of fruit
Flavor: chocolate and roasted malt flavor obscured by a rich blend of spices, lots of bitter allspice
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20
Ratman197 (10830) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber 2000 vintage poured a chunky orange with an amber head. Aromas of orange, spices, and ginger.Palate was medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Flavors of ginger, allspice and orange with a mildly sweet finish.
hopscotch (9996) - 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.
JoeMcPhee (8817) - 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.
DocLock (8376) - 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.
rosenbergh (8252) - 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!