5000 (6184) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours burnt caramel, strong red hues, large sudsy white head, fairly sticky lacing, with light carbonation. † Spicy aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg, but subtle compared to the fresh pine and orange peel. † WOW! † While it smells extremely spicy, itís not overly done. † Very well balanced, Orange peel and a whole lot of Cinnamon. † Enjoyable body, medium mouthfeel. † Finishes... you guessed it, quite spicy. † Long finish, lingering spices and Orange peel. † The 9.5% ABV is undetectable, making this a true Winter Warmer. † Well crafted, well rounded, a true Holiday concoction! † Thanks goes out to MrFacto for the trade!
Ernest (6143) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, honey, alcohol (slightly fusel), orange peel. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. First off, Iím embarrassed at my notes, considering I practically list the exact same spices that are listed on the front label...but I swear I didnít read it prior to writing up my aromatic notes. And in a sense that is one of the reasons I rather admire this beer...the spice blend is in such perfect harmony that an amateur like myself can literally detect every single addition...the honey is obvious, the clove is obvious, etc. None of them stick out above the others, nor do they clobber the malt nose. I canít say that I smell hops or yeast, but thatís ok considering the type of beer this is attempting to be. The alcohol is maybe a touch fusel, but thatís expected from the honey and high ABV. Iím not a fan of sweet-and-boozy kinds of beers, but for what this is setting out to be, it performs quite well.
after4ever (6062) - Brier, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz. Thanks, BitBucket! Pours a dark grainy amber with ruddy highlights; moderate creamy tan head. Big tart cherry nose, lots of sweetness that must be from the honey. Dense creamy body, really nothing like any lager youíve had except for maybe the biggest doppelbocks. Lots of different dark spices and black pepper on the mid-palate. This is a highly singular and different beer, very unusual and a pleasure to drink.
blutt59 (5999) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 14, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle, thanks to bu11zeye, chestnut brown pour with no foam, nice spicy sour cherry aroma, flavor has good sour cherry and peppery notes, nice beer
drowland (5980) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
1/18/12. 12oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder! Clear amber/red pour with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. Stereoptypical holiday spice profiled aroma... meh. Overly sweet, cloying caramel and malt and pumpkin pie spices. Blegh.
BVery (5944) - 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. Wouldnít guess the high ABV.
DrSilverworm (5932) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, from Dilly Deli. Bottled October, Week 4, 2012. Whoa, I had no idea that this was much higher than 7% when I drank it at the bar. Nice nose - honey balances out the malt and spices. Nutmeg. Some clove. Some cinnamon. Medium body. Light, smooth carbonation. No stickiness or lingering viscosity in the finish. Mostly clear amber / brown color. Minimal head, no lace. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light sweetness from the honey. Solid and interesting holiday brew. Also interesting that itís a lager, rather than your traditional holiday ale. Got to give it an extra point too, for sneaking that alcohol by me so stealthily
blipp (5884) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Ginger, cinnamon, honey, and cloves. Clean and clear. Surprisingly good.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown body with a white cream y head. Huge spiced aroma, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, anise, and incense sticks. Honey fruity candied fruits apples and cots but quickly taken over by the lush cinnamon and drying incense notes. Delicious a beautiful 3 step finish. Leaves a nice warming. Iím a fan.
thirdeye11 (5484) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(12oz bottle thanks to bu11zeye) Pours a murky orange amber, nice bubbles. Nose of nutmeg, florals, honey. Taste is honey, orange peel oil, and hops on the finish but not too bitter.