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 itís 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. Itís cloyingly sweet and cloyingly spicy, but overall enjoyable on a cold winter night.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the Dallas crew! Medium to dark brown with thick white head. Nose of clove, cinnanmon, and malt. Heavey mouthfeel with drying spicey finish.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2010. Dark brown with light beige head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, orange, allspice, tobacco, leather, honey. Flavors of toffee, allspice, cocoa, tobacco, orange, honey, alcohol. Sweet finish, slightly cloying. Full body with oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now, this is based on a 3 year old aged version. First off, points for the fact that it even held up. Second, that some funky bacteria didnít appear over time and kill off the three of us who wearily tried this non-sedimented lager. Heavy spice profile with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Weak body and a slight cloying character to it, but drinkable. Poor head retention. Hold on........Santa, is that you? Dammit, you screwed me last Christmas! Gimme some Darklord or Westy and get that damn elf out of here. How the hell did you get in anyway!?!? Freakiní elves always steal my hops!..................................wait, that must be some bacterial funk thatís tripping me out. Damn, non-bottle conditioned beers. Whoa........sleepy time. Better not forget to leave the cookies and milk out...........I better get some good beer this year or itís venison cooked over the planks of a certain "sleigh"...........ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, thanks mom. She got me a mixed six for Christmas and didnít do a half bad job (except for the crappy A-B "micro," which actually was not horrible). I really enjoyed it. A nice, lasting head on this one, with a dark burnt red body. "Pumpkin pie" spices and oranges, flowery honey; spicy & alcoholic in nose and flavor. Zesty orange & honey flavors, sweet but bitter, making your lips stick together but leaving your mouth a little puckery. Silky body with drying alcohol. EtOH very well hidden behind spices and sugars. Iím going to have to pick more of this up! Much, much better than I expected...
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My batch is certainly past its prime, so this rating might not be totally fair--however, it may help show how this brew ages. Smells of moldy nutmeg, but it must have been bright and festive three months ago. Rich brownish-amber pour with some head, lasting almost a minute. Body is decomposing into separate nutmeg, honey, malt, and hop--all in proportion, but not blending together well at this point. Mouthfeel is malty and a bit thick, finishing in an explosion of large bubbles. Iíll keep an eye out for this one next November and see what the new batch is like.
UPDATE: I just checked the stats on ratings by month, and, sure enough, this lager has run its course. Try it next year.
awaller05 (304) - Sharon, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 1, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured this lager too fast as I was confronted with a overwelming head which ran over my mug. Usually this would irq me really good but the smell left on my hand was delightful. A smell of orange and spice was delicious. The taste was excellent also as I had no problem finishing this one off. I don't think this one would be any good later on in the year. They ought to make it a Halloween thru St. Pat's day mandatory drinking only!! LOL.
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 ífuelishí 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.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange with smallish light tan head. Nose is very spicy, of oranges, grapefruits, nutmey and honey. Slightly floral. Flavor reminds me of cinnamon apples dipped in light caramel. There is a clean, sweet finish. A good beer to enjoy over the holiday season, when trying to get into that festive mood. Alcohol is well hidden.
Nexxus (261) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2005
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Hazy darker reddish amber with a large frothy light brown head. Slightly musty aroma of gingersnaps, molasses, nutmeg, clove, caramel and a hint of orange. Medium watery body with a moderate amount of carbonation. Slightly oily and alcoholic. Very spicy flavor of nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, ginger, cookie, and orange peel. The name Holiday Spice is very apt. The flavor doesnít hold up to the aroma, it is overpowering and a little confusing - although the obviousness of the 9.5% dissapears after a few sips. Either way, a decent beer for the holidays. Good.