satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 10, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma of overwhelming general spice and espically orange rind. appearance is dark burnished orange, nearly opaque. flavor is extremely juicy but a bit much to sort out. intense íspiceí from every angle. more of that orange zest but its darkened up a bit by plenty of clove. seems like the honey did well to be attenuated and bring this brew up to nearly double digits which was an utter surprsie to me (and kudos to the beer itself, i guess). hard to figure if this is just not up my alley or if its actually offensive.
IlanMan (1015) - Appleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pour is deep amber with a fluffy light tan head. Aroma is of nutmeg, light clove, cinnamon, and some malt. Holy hell, this is 9.5% Alcohol is hidden darn well. This brew is full of flavor including a lot of nutmeg and clove and just a touch of honey. I am not getting much orange characters in the brew. There is just a hint of hop bitterness at the finish. Very well blended brew. I had no idea what to expect from this but I have to say that I like it a lot. Would buy again.
WabashMan (1006) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really didnít care for this beer much at all. Spiced beers are a bit hit or miss anyway, and this was a clear "miss" in my book. The flavors were unbalanced and the spices overpowered rather than complementing the beverage.
Chalsk (1005) - 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 Caponeís. 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.
jmohno (998) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I find 2 things very intreging about this beer, that it is reall 9.5% and its brewed with a 2:1 ratio honey per # of malt, that is alot.
I popped this open thinking it was just a spiced session lager, there is all the spice in aroma not too much head.Mahogaony color, slick smooth mouthfeel .
I was detecting some vanilla but suspect it is from the honey,the rest is a big carmelly sweetness with lots of orange notes and a semi balanced bittering with herbal earthiness, a little bit of chocolate. It has a very nice finish though, but the rest seems a bit carmelly barleywineish that maybe could use some more herbal bittering to balance the thick malt.
It seemed pretty pumpkiny at first but then gets pretty barleywineish. You end up with a pretty sticky sweet mouth in the very end.
urbnhautebourg (997) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Totally wacky spiced beer packed with flavor of clovey spice and orange rinds. Has Lakefront's trademark crystal clarity. Finishes so damned strong with spice, alochol and fruit (but not the same orange rind flavor). Wild, boozy and fun. Like my favorite women. Huge thanks to Capt. Cougar.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2007
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Some brewers make "big" beers with over-powering hop, others with tons of maltiness; this beer overpowers you with spice. I might describe this as a "Yule Tide," but a tide that would pull you out to sea with its overabundance of spiciness. It is probably the spiciest beer Iíve had and Iím having a really hard deciding whether or not I liked it.
This beer poured a dirty, hazy-brown with some head. Aroma was very powerful spiciness; I caught nutmeg and my wife identified cinammon and we both were reminded of pumpkin pie.
Taste was an alcohol-spice infusion. It was novel and a bit punishing at the same time. Mouthfeel was thick, and combined with all the spice, I would not say this beer is very drinkable; yet it is very festive.
I would recommend you it, based purely on its polarizing nature.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I forgot that this was 9.5%, and I kept wondering why I was getting a warming in the belly while I was drinking it. Otherwise the ABV is very well hidden. I donít think that I could drink a lot of this, it might get cloying, but my one bottle was nice.
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.
HighlanderOne (953) - 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.