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 doesn’t 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 (5006) - 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 (2382) - 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 (4238) - 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 (763) - 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.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - JAN 15, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a cloudy orangish amber color with a thin white and quickly dissipating head. The aroma is like a kitchen during Christmas...full of wonderful smells of nutmeg, orange spice, corriander, and ciannamon. All of these aromas become apparent in the flavor as well, especially the cinnamon. Surprisingly the higher alcohol content is masked by these wonderful flavor...I think it would actually be slightly better if the alcohol flavors were allowed to shine through, this is my only criticism. What a wonderful brew for a cold Wisconsin winter around a blazing fire.
heykevin (1273) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - JAN 8, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy copper. Orangey gingerbread aroma. Light bodied, touch of caramel and honey, with heavy spice character. Tons of ginger and plenty of orange (tang) as well. Strange and not all that enjoyable. Hides its alcohol well for 9+ %.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange with smallish light tan head. Nose is very spicy, of oranges, grapefruits, nutmey and honey. Slightly floral. Flavor reminds me of cinnamon apples dipped in light caramel. There is a clean, sweet finish. A good beer to enjoy over the holiday season, when trying to get into that festive mood. Alcohol is well hidden.
IndianaRed (2163) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle Pours a clear rather dark redish brown with a dense light tan head. Lots of fine lasting lacing. Quite a lot of sweet spice and orange aromas. Like candy almost. Mulled. Tart dry spicy flavor. Cinniman, cloves, honey and some apple cider flavors. Feel is soft carbonation and finish is sweet and clean. Some trainlng bitterness. A nice surprise. Thanks again to MrFacto
Nuffield (3626) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bronze color. Delightful mulled cider aroma, orange is especially there, with alcohol, spice (cinnamon). Moderately sweet. Maintains an excellent palate, in part from the alcohol, in part from the spice, and in part from the carbonation. When warming from the fridge it reveals a more basic caramel note that tops the profile. Not bad at all, indeed, a real surprise.