Bootus (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, licorice, woody, tan foam, brown, lightly bitter, medium sweetness
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/06/13 trade from Jamil. Yummy cent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet honey. Decently dark pour for a lager with a nice head. Medium silky feel. Cinnamon, nutmeg flavor melding I to sweet honey, fruity notes. Delicious.
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geologyguy (1354) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Wish it actually had slightly less alcohol because it actually overwhelms the wonderful taste! Smooth, creamy, milky delightful...great! drink quickly!!! gets harsh with warmth
ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv
Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head.
Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish.
Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish.
Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again.
TAR (2687) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - APR 28, 2003
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: APR 29, 2003 2002: Light rust liquid. Only a ring of foam. Soft, elegant floral essence matched with assertive overtones of nutmeg, wood, pumpkin, brown sugar, sassafrass, and cinnamon sprinkled bread. Slightly chalky. A trace of coarse, earthy hop. Firm carbonation; lightly prickly and watery. Starts with a lightly fruity, acidid hop twang and luscious caramel glazed malts. Finishes with notes of cinnamon bread, honey, lemon oil, fresh mint leaf dryness, and flowers. Very subtle lingering notes of dessert apples and caramel. I expected a fuller body and aroma, along with more hop depth, which would have contributed more complexity. But the sweet, bready, caramel malt profile, coupled with rich fig flavors and soft spices were very well executed. Nonetheless, I welcome any bottle conditioned lager, especially of this strength.
badgerben (4888) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 29, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich brown color, not quite a chocolate hue. The aroma is filled with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste is quite similar with a little extra in the malt department. I would certainly not drink this all the time, but it was very good. I will be sure to find some next winter.
5000 (6862) - 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!
walleye (1094) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
thanks goes to ughsmash for this beer. poured a brown copper with a small off white head that left no lacing. aroma sweet cinnamon, honey, ginger, alcohol got most of that before it got close to my nose, than got raisins, caramel. flavor honey just jumps out there in 1st place than all those spices the alcohol is well hidden, nice dryness good beer, wish I had this at the holidays
tomxcs (321) - 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...
Skyview (5696) - 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.