TXBadger (2083) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy aroma, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. All follow onto the palate to give this holiday beer a nice complex flavor. Finishes with a bready note.
jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of citrus, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is similar. The nutmeg and cinnamon really come through in the finish. Full bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Awesome beer. I grab me some every year.
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. reddish brown with small head. big sweet beer with a lot of spice in this one. maybe a bit over the top for me.
johnnymusky (682) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
not my thing at all....cloves honey and cinnamon....way to sweet...after taste was awful.did smell good though.
jbrana (609) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes like butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Too sweet and too spicy for my liking, but not too bad.
onceblind (6172) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark ruby with a thin bubbly light tan head. Aroma kinda has some plum and fruit cake notes, but that fruit cake is just a little past its prime. Taste is large and smooth, sweet and fruity. Basically put, it tastes like a Belgian quad with a lager yeast; lots of date and stone fruit tones mixed with dark spice cake and cinnamon, with a dryish earthy lager yeast finish. Interesting and complex.
UkrainPubCrawler (109) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is a very delicious seasonal beer. This beer probably has the best blend of flavors of a holiday seasonal I’ve had. Delicious blend of spices contribute to the amazing flavor of this beer. Nice foamy head and great hoppy flavor! Excellent!
keanex (1640) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled October 24, 2013.
Appearance: The body is a beautiful mahogany-garnet hue with good clarity that shows off big carbonation bubbles in the body. The head is short and fizzy, quickly dissipating into a very thin light tan ring and a spotty coating.
Aroma: The aroma is a nice blend of spices, I pick up some cinnamon and ginger with big semi-sweet malts hinting at brown sugar and some biscuit. The aroma is inviting and enjoyable, not overly spiced but they are definitely there.
Taste: Oh this is quite pleasant, a big malty lager with prominent spices. The beer starts off with some malty biscuit, toasted and caramel malts with a light citrus overtone. The malts get stronger as nutmeg overlies them, adding a nice complexity. The malt base is mostly strong caramel throughout, very nicely balanced with the spices though. The finish is reminiscent of Troegenator, malty with a slight dark fruitiness to it. The finish lingers nicely of cinnamon and brown sugar, a tasty presence that surprised me initially in a good way. The finish shows some alcohol, but overall this really hides it nicely.
Palate: Full-bodied, lightly carbonated.
Overall: This is a beer I certainly plan to buy again next year for the holiday times. I feel sad that I didn’t have this on Christmas as this would make an excellent breakfast beer for Christmas. The spices are prominent, but they compliment the strong malt base nicely. I can’t say I taste any honey though. Good beer, worth trying!
madvike (3135) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle - Deep mahogany pour with a foamy light tan head. Nose is ginger and coriander, a little fruitcake, sweet dark bread, and a bit of boozy warmth. The taste is like a mixed drink you’d have at Christmas. It’s bready and buttery sweet, with more holiday spices and a long, sweet, lightly boozy finish. The 9.5% is there, but other than a little bit in the finish it’s mostly smooth and warm. Has a buttery thick and slick body, with smooth, mouth-filling carbonation. Tasty stuff, from a style that I’m not normally fond of.
dfinney23 (2397) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Mahogany pour with little head. Smells like Christmas. Taste is caramel and spices, lightly bittersweet. Easy to drink, considering the high ABV.