steve1966 (83) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unbalanced lots of nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. If this is trying to be like Anchor Steam Special Ale it falls well short. Mainly taste the alcohol in it and it does pack a pretty good punch, Wouldn’t seek this out was not impressed with their Pumpkin beer when I had it years ago. Nice try but it misses the mark.
J_man (621) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong spicy cinnamon aroma! Nice clear medium amber with an off-white head. I thought this would be way to cinnamony from the aroma, but the other spices somewhat balanced this out so it was actually quite enjoyable. Still, as the beer warmed, the cinnamon became more pronounced along with the clove and started to become more like a cinnamon stick. Contrary to what I almost always recommend, I’d suggest drinking this colder rather than warmer unless you like a strong cinnamon burn. Other than that, this was a very well balanced and tasty spiced ale. Nice honeyed caramel sweetness that helps tame the spice and probably some hops in there, but it’s hard to pick them out of the spice. Just noticed that this is listed at ABV 9.5%, which if that’s true it’s very well hidden! It would be interesting to age this a year or so and see what happens with the balance between the sweet and spices.
GJF (1156) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I’m not really connecting with the good reviews on this one. A nice dark pour and a nice aroma of mostly clove. But I find the flavors really unbalanced and muddy and overpowering. I didn’t finish mine.
stangger (576) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle from hawksfan77... thanks guy. Medium brown pour, minimal lacing or carbonation. Caramel, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg in the aroma. Taste is a punch of spices - clove, nutmeg with a strong alcohol presence. The spices really overwhelm any other characteristics, and the alcohol is very noticeable. It’s decent but no way I could drink more than one.
alobar (2515) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours chestnut brown with a creamy off-white head. Aroma of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and orange. Thick creamy body with clove,cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange flavor. Excellent lacing. Well done.
dekester1 (287) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brownish red with a beige lacing. Aroma was of malts, spices (e.g. clove, cinnamin, etc.) with a slight fruity tinge. Taste is extremely rich - malt and spices with a heavy alcohol backdrop but not really ’fuelish’ taste of a HG malt liquor. I also caught a slight prunish hue due to the mix. Palate was nice and thick. Overall, basically a nice holiday season meal-in-a-bottle. Be prepared, this stuff has punch as well.
Chalsk (971) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and earthiness. Sweet resinsy, caramel taste, with some grapefruit notes mixed in. Really excellent. Has the characteristics of a hoppy red ale.
HighlanderOne (936) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of brown sugar and orange peel. Cloudy mahogany, tan head. I taste citrus, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin with a warming alcohol essence. Odd, sort of hybrid feel to it. Flavors tend to get heavy toward the end. Still, an interesting unique beer.
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours a rich tan head with copper color. Aroma is spice, sweet medium malt-toffee. Taste is spice hops, sweet medium malt-toffee/some cocoa, alcohol.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Well the aroma is definitely in the Christmas spirit but the flavor is just a big malty mess. Too spicy and sweet for my liking.