Ughsmash (7101) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy medium orange/amber pour with a light layer of well-retained short off-white head. Lots of well-suspended sediment in the beer. Oranges and wintry spices were loud and proud in the sweet, warming aroma. Flavor was also powerfully sweet, and the description of "honey, oranges, and spices" is very accurate. I really liked the honey base, and this brew would be great with some rich carrot cake or pumpkin pie. Iíll definitely be picking up more of these for some cold winter nights around the fireplace.
Cornfield (5460) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somehow, Lakefront managed to get malt, honey, orange, and spices blended to have an aroma thatís a ringer for egg nog. Dark orange in color, this has a well sustained, creamy beige head. The flavors become more indiviually distinguishable in the taste. Caramel malt, nutmeg, ginger, nuts, white peppers, and a hint of orange skillfully melded into an enjoyable drink. I didnít realize this was as potent as it is until now, but it helps explain my behavior later in the night.
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BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I got this for $0.39 and can understand why it was marked down, over and above the typical seasonality basis. This is a beer with a somewhat drab brown appearance yet has a great head and very thick lacing. Aroma starts off pleasantly spicy but mutates into a malty version of the smell of changing a vacuum cleaner bag. Flavor is very Campari-like at the start but mutates into a very unpleasant, cloying honey-and-grits finish. Perhaps a good beer for intelligent winos who want to try something different and get smashed on a cheap 6-pack, but beyond this Lakefront Holiday Spice is nothing to write home about.
lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - APR 24, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle courtesy of StewardofGondor. Bottled the first week in November. Hazy reddish/brown pour with huge fluffy sandy head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, ginger, cloves and some citrusy hops present in the nose. Smooth and easy drinking. Tons of cinnamon and ginger linger on the tip of the tongue. Like licking a gingersnap cookie. Sweet, medium/full body with a spicy, somewhat bitter hoppy finish. High ABV is well-hidden. Only a little warming at the end. This wouldíve made my Christmas much more enjoyable.
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My batch is certainly past its prime, so this rating might not be totally fair--however, it may help show how this brew ages. Smells of moldy nutmeg, but it must have been bright and festive three months ago. Rich brownish-amber pour with some head, lasting almost a minute. Body is decomposing into separate nutmeg, honey, malt, and hop--all in proportion, but not blending together well at this point. Mouthfeel is malty and a bit thick, finishing in an explosion of large bubbles. Iíll keep an eye out for this one next November and see what the new batch is like.
UPDATE: I just checked the stats on ratings by month, and, sure enough, this lager has run its course. Try it next year.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy darker reddish amber with a large frothy light brown head. Slightly musty aroma of gingersnaps, molasses, nutmeg, clove, caramel and a hint of orange. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly oily and alcoholic. Very spicy flavor of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, cookie, and orange peel. The name Holiday Spice is very apt. The flavor doesnít hold up to the aroma, it is overpowering and a little confusing - although the obviousness of the 9.5% dissapears after a few sips. Either way, a decent beer for the holidays. Good.
TheBeerGod (5184) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - FEB 19, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Another in a series of bottles from joeybgood. Pours a hazed copper with a small tan head. Nose is very spicy and festive with cinnamon, nutmeg, ripe fruit, honey and sweet malts. Taste is big spices - cinnamon and nutmeg with more honey, light sugar, fruit and light hops. Body is medium and mildly carbonated. Big lingering spicicness. Finish is more cinnamon and nutmeg with sweet malts, brown sugar and light hops.
sloth (2454) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - FEB 5, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Small offwhite head thats short lived with little lace. Clear amber color. Spicey nose, nutmeg, cinnamon. Med/light body. Plenty of holiday spices on the palate iincluding but not limited too, cinnamon, ginger, coriander and the oblagitory nutmeg ! Fairly dry finish. 9.5% alcohol is well hidden. Guess i,m just not a spiced holiday brew kinda guy?
JK (4377) - St. Louis Park, Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A much bigger beer than I expected. Has the aroma of a pils. Red with a huge, thick white head. Lightly spiced flavors with some fruit. Very sweet and a heavy palate.
sfontain (795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark garnet; medium, off-white, frothy head. Aroma cinnamon, malts, spices. Flavor malts, cinnamon; no hops. Medium body; very lightly sticky.