jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aggressive pour yields a deep copper beer with minimal head and next to no lacing(though i’ve been accused of poor glass washing technique in the past)... Aroma of mild spice and definitely orange as advertised, much subtler aroma than i expected.... Warming, a bit pumpkin pie like, a hint of alcohol, but there is a certain greasiness to the mouthfeel that turned me off a bit... Medium to full bodied... As the beer warms the alcohol flavor becomes increasingly more apparent...
WabashMan (1014) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I really didn’t 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.
jbrana (488) - 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.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 6, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brownish plum body with a quickly diminishing foamy white head. Aroma is pleasant with canied fruit and nutmeg. The flavor is a little less pleasing, but interesting. Dark bread malts take up the start and are replaced by alcohol and nutmet. The finish strongly exhibits orange rind. This beer is a bit overdone. The nontraditional flavors are interesting but just don't appeal to this rater (give me hops!!)
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Well the aroma is definitely in the Christmas spirit but the flavor is just a big malty mess. Too spicy and sweet for my liking.
Suttree (5266) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
I knew exactly what was getting into as soon as took the first whiff. Is it sweet? yes, it is. Is it heavy? Yes, it is that, also. Does it become cloying and undrinkable about halfway through the bottle? Why, yes, yes it does. It does smells nice, however.
reggiedunlop (3219) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
poured a nice reddish brown color with a medium whitish head. aroma is christmasy but stale...stale cinnamon, nutmeg, mulled cider, some citrus. flavor is of pine and cinnamon with some other muddled xmas spices...tastes like a christmas candle smells. mouthfeel is a bit silky but the finish has too much alcohol flavor...
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Small head, off-white in color. Body is a dark amber... more brown. Light malty aroma covered by a pleasant spicy (nutmeg?) nose. Light bitter hops are covered by sweet malt and spices. Not too bad, but still not what I like to drink. Everything did seem to balance nicely.
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. I’ll 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.
aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one is just too sweet to be good. The body is a clear brown, with an ok head. There’s a cloying caramel sweetness to the malt. No hop bitterness to balance and some noticeable pie spice.