ROGUE (2078) - Newark, Delaware, USA - AUG 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a thin off white head. Aroma is full of holiday spices, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Flavor is on the sweet side with most of the spice coming on top of a light hop flavor, followed by warming alcohol in the finish. Body is medium to light, smooth finishing and crisp.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Muddy cola colored pour. Minimal head. Aroma is sweet honey, cinnamon, and maybe some nutmeg. Some body to this but still a lighter palate. Clove and cinnamon on taste with some sweetness. Wouldn’t guess the high ABV.
unclemike (2067) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAY 15, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
By far the best beer I had from this brewery A magnificent aroma--I agree with others in saying it is a strong cinnamon and probably clove. Lots of carbonation too--had to let the foam settle for a minute. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Slightly medicinal, overall enjoyable and different
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 25, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Last beer of 2010. Christmas in a glass. A bit cloying, but very different. Tons of spices. It was like a spiced Christmas cookie in a glass. Not incredible, but packed with flavor. Hid alcohol incredibly well . Pretty nice and packs a sneaky, unsuspecting punch.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark, red that looked almost brown in the glass, with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The flavor had heavy dark bread, cookie and roasted malt; prune, honey, brown sugar, maple syrup, licorice, cola, salt and SPICES. The initial flavor was rather sweet, lightly acidic and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily to nearly harshly sweet and moderately bitter with a fairly long duration. There was spices, honey, caramel, molasses, hints of grassy hops, slight chocolate, a little cola, more spices and licorice. The medium body was oily and then a little syrupy and then dry with very fizzy, pin-prick carbonation and a dry finish.
SamP01 (477) - New Jersey, USA - APR 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2011 Pours a dark cloudy brown, with a minimal tan head. Aroma of orange peel some cinnamon and sweet spices, some fruitiness, caramel malt. Taste is bitter orange peel, some sweet spices, dark toasted malts. Moderate carbonation and full body. Finish is sweet dark malt with bitter orange peel and sweet spices. The alcohol esters really come thru in the end. Overall an interesting and complex brew.
rubbishystuff (1688) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A pleasant find in a mix a pack selection at Gene’s. Had the 2010 version. Highly spiced with some almost liquor like warmth. Quite nice. Serving: Bottle
crossovert (5640) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a deep cola color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head just sticks and sticks, it lasts for ever. The lacing is pretty good too.
This one smells amazing. I smelt something similar with Sam Adams Winter Lager but this one just blows that one out of the water. All of the spices are easily detected: orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, and clove.
The flavor is big and bold. It tastes like Christmas. Lots of caramel, the aforementioned spices, and a lot of citrus lead the flavor charge. There is a bit of gingerbread character as well. As you go the oak appears and adds an extra layer of depth.
The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, it is very smooth. It is a bit cloying but that is expected at this abv, and the alcohol presence is pretty low considering the abv.
This is the quintessential holiday lager, no doubt about it, I thought it would be overpowering but it was smooth and delightful
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 04:12:10
Aurelius (3719) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Great aroma that reminded me of a combination of spiced peaches and Bananas Foster. Deep, clear, plummy-red brown. Bad label. Thin, filmy head. Sweet, spicy, lots of fruit esters - bananas and peach/apricot dominate, but there’s a little strawberry in there as well. Maybe a little ginger burn. Metal, malt - reminds me of a spiced doppelbock. A boozy burn on the backend. Interesting and complex. Publix @ I-10.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear dark brown pour, lasting head and an aroma of a cinnamon Yankee Candle. Flavor is creamy boozy honey sweetness, plenty of spices and good and malty all the way through and slightly hoppy on the finish. Decent for a spiced beer (which I generally steer clear of.)
spilledpint (337) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Notes from 12/23/2010
12 oz. bottle
Ar: Heavy spice aroma, cinnamon & nutmeg. Cloying but in this setting it’s fine.
Ap: Deep brown, 1" creamy head lasts a while. No lace.
T: Huge spice sweetness - almost cloying, but it works here. Cinnamon, orange, clove. For 11% the alcohol burn is mild.
P: Sticky, chewy body with mild carbonation.
O: Surprisingly enjoyable. It’s cloyingly sweet and cloyingly spicy, but overall enjoyable on a cold winter night.