DrSilverworm (9445) - 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 it’s 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 (4881) - 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, let’s 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 (5278) - 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 (14531) - San Leandro, 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 can’t exactly identify. A little bit of alcohol, mildly bitter, and lightly fruity.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle, heavy on the aroma and taste of spices. Brown/reddish pour, heavy on spice. This one just wasn’t for me, not well balanced, warming feeling, nice on a cold night. I wouldn’t drink this one again, but this brew recieved a lot of high ratings.
pumpmaster (1298) - Pembroke Pines, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle purchased at Total Wine Pembroke Pines, FL for $0.99 Very good!
beerbaaron (1844) - Arizona, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish orange brown. soapy head. Big Aroma of holiday spices, some ripe fruit. Flavor follows nose. The spices are the star of the show.
ben4321 (5248) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 12/23/12, 2012 Bottle (Bottled 11/13/12)
Aroma: The nose is holiday spice, cinnamon, brown sugar, some gingerbread, toffee, and honey
Appearance: It pours a dark reddish-brown color with a small beige head and mild lace
Flavor: It tastes rather sweet, with a malty presence and most of the same spice notes as the nose
Palate: The body is medium, with average-plus carbonation, and a lightly dry, tingly finish
This is a pretty decent holiday spice beer. I really couldn’t find a ton to criticize here, but it is a bit sweet for my tastes. Overall though, there’s a nice spice component, some good sweetness, and just a little bit of hops to keep it from getting way too sweet. It kind of has a wheat wine-type sweetness/booziness, though the alcohol is well-hidden. Interesting stuff for sure.
blipp (7603) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Ginger, cinnamon, honey, and cloves. Clean and clear. Surprisingly good.
chinchill (3588) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle (2012) pours a nice, clear mahogany color, with a fine but too perishable head. Excellent aroma of cinnamon and other "holiday" spicing in good combination.
Taste: Citrus, bready malts, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg all in evidence and in rather good balance.
I was about to write that the ABV is poorly hidden, then I checked it (ABV = 11%!) so I will instead say that it is partially hidden and that this beer is highly (dangerously) drinkable for the ABV. Although quite fresh, this is sufficiently mellow and smooth to suggest it has already been properly aged a while.
O; LB manages to pack a lot of flavor in this holiday lager without going over the top on spicing. I need to try to get a few more for my cellar.