after4ever (5731) - 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.
drowland (5688) - 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.
crossovert (5641) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a deep cola color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head just sticks and sticks, it lasts for ever. The lacing is pretty good too.
This one smells amazing. I smelt something similar with Sam Adams Winter Lager but this one just blows that one out of the water. All of the spices are easily detected: orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, and clove.
The flavor is big and bold. It tastes like Christmas. Lots of caramel, the aforementioned spices, and a lot of citrus lead the flavor charge. There is a bit of gingerbread character as well. As you go the oak appears and adds an extra layer of depth.
The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, it is very smooth. It is a bit cloying but that is expected at this abv, and the alcohol presence is pretty low considering the abv.
This is the quintessential holiday lager, no doubt about it, I thought it would be overpowering but it was smooth and delightful
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 04:12:10
5000 (5606) - 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!
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.
blipp (5475) - 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.
thirdeye11 (5338) - 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.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Somehow, Lakefront managed to get malt, honey, orange, and spices blended to have an aroma thatís a ringer for egg nog. Dark orange in color, this has a well sustained, creamy beige head. The flavors become more indiviually distinguishable in the taste. Caramel malt, nutmeg, ginger, nuts, white peppers, and a hint of orange skillfully melded into an enjoyable drink. I didnít realize this was as potent as it is until now, but it helps explain my behavior later in the night.
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BVery (5134) - 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.
Skyview (5087) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - MAY 27, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Picked up single 12-oz bottle from Bobís McFarland Liquors in McFarland, WI. Pours a hazy coppery amber brown brew with a thick, fizzy off white head with slow dissolving. Aroma of orange, Christmas cloves, mincemeat raisins, some gingerbread, and nutmeg. Taste is heavy body, honey sweet, floral hops and cinnamon apples. Ooph, itís a strong bugger. Finish is sweet and a nice gingerbread aftertaste. A very good Christmas brew.