detroiter (958) - Euphoria, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear copper color with an inch of tan foam. Moderate webby lacing. Mild spicy aroma like mincemeat or pumpkin pie spice.
Perhaps the spiciest beer Iíve ever had. I taste dry nutmeg, lots of clove, and a touch of flowery honey. More flavors in the finish and aftertaste, with bitter orange, more clove, leather, and tobacco. I go back and forth whether it is too much spice or not. Good thing I have a few bottles left to help me decide.
Medium body, smooth mouthfeel. The alcohol is exceptionally well hidden.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy amber with some tiny specks suspended. Foamy off white head, very noisy. Light carbonation, with bubbles sticking to the bottom of the glass. Aroma of estery alcohol, peppermint and cinnamon. Light body, definately a lager. Also definately spiced with notes of cinnamon, a light sweetness and mild bitterness. Alcohol is tasted in waves but never overbearing. Not very malty. Tastes like a melted candy cane more than anything else, with a light burning hotness from the spices. Clean finish, with no sticky, cloying taste clinging to the roof of your mouth. Not overly spicy as well which is a welcome change of pace. A decent seasonal brew, that packs a wallop and really sneaks up on you, but you must like cinnamon to fully enjoy this. Would go well after a large holiday meal.
HighlanderOne (930) - 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.
tmongoose (927) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Shared. Pours a mahogany color with off white head. Nice spice aroma with oranges and honey and clove and cinnamon. Flavor is more of the same very smooth and mellow. Alcohol hidden well. Oranges and clove are predominant in the flaovr with the honey undertones. Enjoyable.
Rrauth (895) - North Carolina, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice beer. This brew would be cool to age in rum barrels. Warms my tummy.
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Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown with an off white head. Smells of holiday spices and pine trees. It tastes like Christmas! More so on the spice side but it definitely feels like someone put some Christmas spirit in there. Strong and smooth.
hellomynameis (874) - Mayer, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A light brown bordering on red colour, nice flufly white head. Sweet malt and cinnamon aroma. Itís thicker with a nice finish. Tastes like malt with orange, honey, and spices. A good one-timer winter beer.
nike (822) - 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 wasnít for me, not well balanced, warming feeling, nice on a cold night. I wouldnít drink this one again, but this brew recieved a lot of high ratings.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 25, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I noticed a ton of honey and malt in the aroma, along with ginger. The brew itself was heavily cinnamon and nutmeg spiced, although it was tempered with brown sugar and a boatload of ginger. Not a lot of breadiness though. Somewhat flat in texture, the orange aspect had grown a bit overwhelming during the year of aging. I'm not sure it is enough of a craft brew to be laid down. After tasting, I used a bit to flavor pumpkin bisque, it was delightful and added a lot of diminutive spice fullness. I wonder what it would be like added to carrot or pumpkin cake.
grimreeser (797) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I had this in the cellar for about two months. Pulled it out, spiced lager. Didnít have much hope itíd taste good. Nice aroma, cinnamon and other spice. Citrus and a bit of the honey in the background. Didnít notice it is almost 10%. Good stuff.