jbrana (449) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes like butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Too sweet and too spicy for my liking, but not too bad.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2003
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This smells fantastic! Just honey and cinnamon all over. It doesn't taste quite as amazing as it smells, but still very good. A pleasant surprise.
BeerAteHer (384) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAY 15, 2005
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
I got this for $0.39 and can understand why it was marked down, over and above the typical seasonality basis. This is a beer with a somewhat drab brown appearance yet has a great head and very thick lacing. Aroma starts off pleasantly spicy but mutates into a malty version of the smell of changing a vacuum cleaner bag. Flavor is very Campari-like at the start but mutates into a very unpleasant, cloying honey-and-grits finish. Perhaps a good beer for intelligent winos who want to try something different and get smashed on a cheap 6-pack, but beyond this Lakefront Holiday Spice is nothing to write home about.
spilledpint (346) - 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.
Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinking this is kind of like putting a few juicy oranges into an old sock (for that spicy kick!), pouring in honey until it begins to ooze out the heel, and then smacking yourself with it in the face. This is the most extreme over-the-top OMGíd bloody saccharine beer Iíve ever tasted. In order of noticing: Orange, honey, nutmeg, licorice, alcohol, molasses, raisin, apricot, cinnamon, ginger, pine. Smells awesome, though.
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 (321) - 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.