bu11zeye (12102) - 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.
bhensonb (12023) - 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.
argo0 (11898) - 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 (11345) - 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 (10684) - 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 (9954) - 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 (8819) - 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 (8331) - 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.
Ibrew2or3 (7312) - 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 I’m really enjoying this. It leaves a moderate level of pine hop like bitterness lingering. Great winter brew.