AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful mahogony color with a big spice aroma (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and toasty, warm malt. Intensity of flavor though it is incredibly balanced between malt and spice. Malt sweetness provides a perfect foundation for the spices. There is a crispness and the smooth character of a lager but I notice a fruity flavor like that of an ale (maybe it is the honey or the orange doing this). This is great with a fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie.
iwantalambic (1478) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 26, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle: cloudy mahogany. Off-tan head that has a hint of red and is incredibly persistant and creamy. Spicy aroma full of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove-punctured oranges and ginger. Tingly palate completely over-loaded with ginger. A sweet honey underbelly sticks to the sides of the mouth. Spices are a bit overwhelming, so small quantities are recommended, but this would be a great Christmas treat…
Metalhead (618) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - JUN 3, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2004 YOu want what Ole Fezziwig drank? YOu want the epitomy of a winter holiday brew? This IS it! Don’t ask questions,just keep it in mind and when winter comes find it and buy it.
2004 edition doesn’t seem as in yer face. That is either good or bad depending upon how wild you like yer brew. My rating is down graded for the new edition.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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feloniousmonk (1291.4) ( Minneapolis, Minnesota ) [ 4.3 / 5 ]
Dark brownish color, lighter-red at glass’s foot, with a nice, tight, tannish ring of foam above.
Aroma: an instant stand-out, with cinnamon, vanilla, cloves, big, beautiful spiciness, quite nice. I love it!
Taste: verrry nice, deep and hearty, fully spiced, full-bodied, with a medium finish, and thoroughly tasty, if at times a touch hollow. That’s just me feeling the lager of this brew, but the thinness I detect at times doesn’t detract from the fullness of the flavor. All my old anti-Winter-Lager prejudices are rescinded and I can enjoy this brew in full. Really, a wonderful creation, not too far away from the likes of Anchor OSA, I don’t mind saying!
Mmmm, this was a bottle whose contents did not falter at all throughout it’s stay on my palate.
badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich brown color, not quite a chocolate hue. The aroma is filled with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is quite similar with a little extra in the malt department. I would certainly not drink this all the time, but it was very good. I will be sure to find some next winter.
garrison (748) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - MAR 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle... this brew poured with a small, rapidly diminishing head and gave off a unique banana-cinnamon-allspice aroma. It's taste IS different - kind of brown ale mixed with cinnamon and allspice. Overall, it was tasty but not the sort of beer I'd enjoy drinking every day.
howie (549) - DeForest, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa, this is unique. Deep amber body, slightly cloudy (unfiltered?). Thin dense head. Aroma is mostly spice (cinammon), which left a BAD first impression because it was so similar to the Pumpkin Lager's aroma and that's nasty stuff in this raters opinion. Flavors expand a bit, however, and include strong orange notes, honey, and toasty malts. Long sweet finish waxes cloying near the end.
DavidP (1746) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brownish plum body with a quickly diminishing foamy white head. Aroma is pleasant with canied fruit and nutmeg. The flavor is a little less pleasing, but interesting. Dark bread malts take up the start and are replaced by alcohol and nutmet. The finish strongly exhibits orange rind. This beer is a bit overdone. The nontraditional flavors are interesting but just don't appeal to this rater (give me hops!!)
matta (1140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
It wasn’t all that bad….. Overly spiced actually I think it was just their Pumpkin Lager with more malt and extreme spices.
Rich mahogany body, syrupy looking body, small light tan head too assist. The aroma is a spice bin of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, orange zest, and pumpkin. The flavor is similar but with a sweet, dry, warming finish. A respectable medium palate and random sheets of lacing.
Like I mentioned, I think it’s just the Pumpkin Lager with a ampped ABV%.
BierBauch (784) - Cape Coral Waterfront Wonderland, Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Stumbled across this one in a health store of all places. Pours a dark amber with a small head. Aroma is full of holiday spices as promised. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg you name it, it's all there except for the 9.5 Abv. Body is medium to light and smooth finishing with a crispness. Flavor is on the sweet side with most of the spice coming on top of a light hop flavor. Warming alcohol in the finish. Overall a fairly decent winter warmer.