Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, brown-amber colored body with a very thin, light brown head that dissipates immediately and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy with a thick caramel malt backing and plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some orange peel, ginger bread cookies, and syrupy honey. Flavor is pretty messy. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and ginger bread cookies with way too much spicing. Off-balance cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger with only a hint of orange peel. Finishes dry and sticky with a lengthy aftertaste. Full, messy, sticky body with a flat carbonation. Overall, a pretty bad beer. No balance whatsoever. Spicy and overly sweet.
RobertDale (4353) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 ounce bottle. 2010. Pours a dark brown with a thin small biege head. Aroma of spices, mainly cloves. Tastes very spicy and somewhat sweet. OK, but thought too much spice.
drowland (7061) - 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.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle, heavy on the aroma and taste of spices. Brown/reddish pour, heavy on spice. This one just wasnít for me, not well balanced, warming feeling, nice on a cold night. I wouldnít drink this one again, but this brew recieved a lot of high ratings.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2010
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle at homebrew meeting. Pours a nice enough amber/brown with offwhite head. Nose is strongly nutmeg and some cinnamon perhaps. For me, it is super difficult for a brewery to properly use nutmeg in a beer, and this is no exception. The base beer is decent, but the nutmeg is too much.
GJF (1371) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Iím not really connecting with the good reviews on this one. A nice dark pour and a nice aroma of mostly clove. But I find the flavors really unbalanced and muddy and overpowering. I didnít finish mine.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with nice head and lacing. Smells of ginger, cinnamon, and malt. Taste is like a liquidfied iced gingerbread cookie with honey and a bit of acidic orange in the background. Hides the alcohol REALLY well. This was almost a drain pourer. Too many spices thrown into this one.
jsquire (3760) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 28, 2007
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Deep murky amber out of the bottle with a quickly dissipating off white head. Aroma is initially very hot with cloves and cinnamon. This beer has lots of honey sweetness and a syrupy mouthfeel. Almost too much honey. The alcohol is very prevelant in the finish. Cinnamon, clove, maybe some ginger and nutmeg, with orange peel and apple fruitiness. This beer made me sneeze for some reason. I usually enjoy spiced beers, but this seems too hot. Very carbonated on the tongue. Not really well balanced. It is a really big spiced beer.
Nephilium (1519) - Ohio, USA - JAN 28, 2007
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Received via a work beer exchange. This poured with a big head, after opening, it almost foamed out of the bottle. The aroma is spicy and pungent. In appearance, there were large floating bits, about a quarter of an inch large in the beer. They appear to be chunks of yeast, and the same was reported by someone else in the exchange. The taste is a strong sweet flavor, with a hint of cinnamon. Not amongst my favorites.
Oakes (13600) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - APR 30, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bright dark amber colour. The aroma is a little chemically - I know itís just clove, ginger and orange peel but thatís how it comes off to me. Assertive palate - very heavy on the ginger and clove. Orangey accents. Hardly any balancing malts but what there is is caramelly. Unbalanced, and Iím not really vibing off these flavours.