Bif (1580) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep mahogany color with a fairly small head and nominal lacing. Aroma of honey, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a bit of fruit. Taste is fairly sweet with honey, cinnamon and some fruity sweetness. Just a trace of bitterness and a sweet sticky finish. Medium body, smooth and with a nice balance. Was expecting a overly sweet holiday beer but is actually quite enjoyable with the ABV very well hidden. Nice beer to celebrate the holidays with.
csaso (1529) - Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle - good size foamy head, dark brown color, definite cinnamon and clove aroma and flavor, sweet malt/honey backbone, can't pick up much orange though - not bad for a holiday spice kind of beer
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jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark ruby almost brown. Opaque lacing tan head. Aroma is full of christmas charm. Apples, cinnamon, orange, and a bit of nutmeg pervade. Moderately to heavy sweet with a crisp finish. Medium body and a slight tinge of alcohol near the end. I love christmas!
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Warm inviting spices over caramel. Brown with a minimal head. Sweet with warming spices. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.
ads135 (3173) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JUN 24, 2013
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Not a bad christmas beer. Pretty heavily spiced but not in an unbalanced fashion. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. Potent and smooth.
theisti (3340) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - APR 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle that was part of the Winter 2012 World Market 9 pack, courtesy of my in-laws. The pour is brown copper with a small light tan head. The aroma is cinnamon, sweet fruit (maybe apple cranberry), and quite heavy on the holiday spices. The taste is big on the potpourri spice of the nose, along with the cinnamon and the sweetness from the fruit. The palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation, lingering spice in the finish. Alcohol present in the finish.
DrSilverworm (7655) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, from Dilly Deli. Bottled October, Week 4, 2012. Whoa, I had no idea that this was much higher than 7% when I drank it at the bar. Nice nose - honey balances out the malt and spices. Nutmeg. Some clove. Some cinnamon. Medium body. Light, smooth carbonation. No stickiness or lingering viscosity in the finish. Mostly clear amber / brown color. Minimal head, no lace. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light sweetness from the honey. Solid and interesting holiday brew. Also interesting that itís a lager, rather than your traditional holiday ale. Got to give it an extra point too, for sneaking that alcohol by me so stealthily
cheap (4336) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
OK, letís celebrate the holiday spice lager beer at easter. A darker beer and it smells overtly of spices, quite obtuse. Makes me nervous about the taste. From a bottle there is no head. Big crappy clovey, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloying tasting thrashing machine. Wew, what else can be said. Not hardly impressed by the holiday spiced series of beers, any of them. Almost unsweetened vanilla extract background begins to stick its ugly head thru. Rude bullshit medicine finish, approaches gag reflex. I guess being an older bottle makes it worse. Glad to taste it but will not ever purchase again, as with most of these holiday spiced beers.
Iphonephan (3858) - McLean, Virginia, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at Iona in Arlington. Pours a cloudy amber with a feint off white head. Fruit and pie spice aroma. Notes if caramel with cinnamon and cloves. Smooth spice finish.
brokensail (11998) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber colored pour with a white head. Lots of nutmeg and all spice aromas, a bit of cinnamon, and some sweet fruits. A bit of apple and pear, some toffee and caramel malt, and a light pine note. The flavor is sweet and caramel/toffee malt forward. The spices accent it nicely, actually, but there is a slightly "off" herbal quality I canít exactly identify. A little bit of alcohol, mildly bitter, and lightly fruity.