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 didn’t 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. I’m going to have to pick more of this up! Much, much better than I expected...
zoucrew102 (1380) - - JAN 17, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Heavy spice aroma that includes ginger, nutmeg, clove and cinnamon as well as caramel, honey and light orange citrus. Pours caramel colored with a slight red hue and one finger of tan head with good retention and some lace. Starts with a lot caramel sweetness as well as some honey sweet as well. Finishes smooth with all of the aforementioned spices as well as a bit of orange. Not bad, but there seems to be too much going on here and flavors kind of get lost in each other.
arkurzynski (2250) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown with amber red highlights. Nose of gingerbread, allspice, some dark cherry and dark fruits. Flavor is spicy and boozy with more allspice, cinnamon, and tart dark fruit. A bit slick. Lingering tartness and mild spice. Something off a slight bit in the finish. I think an ale yeast probably would have benefited this style.
Theydon_Bois (16903) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - MAY 30, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Hotel room breakfast tasting with Jack & Leighton, Hilton Tampa, 22/02/15.
Chestnut brown with a decent beige covering.
Nose is dark malt, toffee, figs, spice, clove, light nana.
Taste comprises butterscotch, banoffee pie, fudge, sticky toffee, clove, light smoke, sweet and sour notes.
Medium + body, fine carbonation, semi drying close.
Ok for style I guess but considering the ABV this is a let down.
superspak (4678) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal/spice earthiness. Slight spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent winter spiced ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.
dmac (5603) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Wine Academy. Poured a clear rusty reddish amber with a smaller foamy off white head. Aroma is odd, salty ketchup to start, vanilla, Christmas spices(nutmeg, cinnamon, all-spice), dough and raisins. Body is medium overall with average carbonation and a super well hidden ABV considering I drank this one just barely chilled. Flavor is more grainy and bready with no ketchup notes at all. Other notes are vanilla bread with nutmeg and all-spice and almost a hint of anise. Interesting beer.
propsync (33) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Boozy, honey, spices. After two you start forgetting how dysfunctional your family really is. It's perfectly paired
for dysfunction. If I could rate that, it would be 11 on a 10 scale.
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conway (2210) - - JAN 3, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Dark brown with a thin off white head. Aroma is ginger and clove. Taste adds a hint of orange and honey. Rich mouthfeel and light carb. Would be nice if the ginger wasn't so prominent but not bad.
MaltOne (316) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours clear light chestnut, with brief whitisk head. Sweet spice aroma. Flavor is pumpkin pie spice, light licorice/anise, vanilla. Palate is unctuous, sweet, a hint of hops in the finish. Overall, nice seasonal, above average spiced xnas brew.
outlawskies (480) - Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Julie says hmmm most be alcohol content warm and thicker nicer malt unsure if she likes the spice it gets a 3.0
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edgallow (3639) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle pours golden with a off white head. Aroma of spice, honey and malt . Taste is spice and honey.