Illini08 (541) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by barleyPops. Thanks! Definitely a good Christmas beer. We drank it in June though... Brown pour with a tan head. Basically as barleyPops describes. Strong clove and cinnamon spiciness with plenty of honey and molasses as well. The spice may have been a bit strong, but this was still a good one.
onceblind (2642) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at The Rackhouse Pub, from a 2008 keg for a tap-takeover. Clear dark brown with a thin beige cap. Spicy and malty nose like nutmeg and cinnamon with an odd candle-wax tone and earthy sweet maltiness. Flavor was much the same and not as full bodied as I had hoped. Earthy sweet with some nutmeg and cinnamon, potpourri, and some candi sugar, maybe some apple and a little toffee. Slightly boozy sweet finish.
fletchfighters (840) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bought at Left hand. 2008 keged version aged for a year
A-- A dark reddish brown color. Got a very large head (3 fingers) on the pour that stayed very nicely and left a good lacing on my pint glass.
S-- Every Christmas spice you can think of is in this. Do get an alcohol smell in it as well.
T-- Lots of spice in this puppy. Nutmeg, cinimmon, clove, candied sugar, orange, and on and on and on.
M-- Spices then the alcohol in the mouthfeel. it is OK at start but gets tiresome.
D-- for a $5 dollar growler I am not complaining but it is a tiresome beer. Too much going on and early on too spice driven. Once it gets air the spices calm down a bit. Good effort but one 750 is enough.
PhillyCraft (2125) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pour house a couple years ago, 08 vintage. Deep crimson black pour, small head/lacing. Notes of chocolate malts, cinnamon, dark cherry, hops, and a little ginger hidden in the back end. Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Ultra warming.
dnstone (2000) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holiday spiced, cinnamon and ginger. Deep brown in color with descent head. Tastes like a ginger bread house!
Notes: GABF visit a few years back
DrSilverworm (2970) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, with yellow-bordered label as pictured. This has got to be at least a couple years old. Thin to minimal off-white head. Clear dark brown color. Few dots of lace. Nice honey and cinnamon aroma. Spicy taste, hint of booze. Lighter carbonation.
Enjoyit (2926) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of nuts, cinnamon, spice and sweets. A flavor of sweets, nuts, spice and weak cloves.
icehawk (223) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity with hints of spice. Finished with slight alcohol and citrus/spice.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown with red tinges, and a modest but promising head. Smells like a damned shaker of nutmeg, though, which worries me greatly. Snow Bound tastes like a beer youíd want to drink exactly twice during the winter; any more and your blood might turn into egg nog. Sneaky potency, though, as the only sign of the beers elevated ABV is the growing fuzziness of my brain. Most assuredly an after-dinner beer, perfect for drifting off on the couch as the Lions lose again. (12/7/08)
Thorpe429 (4945) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Reviewed from notes.
Poured into a snifter. Pours a very dark reddish-brown color with a very short head. The nose brings loads and loads of spicing with some cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, light ginger, and a bit of pepper. Just too much and this carries over into the taste, where it really just is quite a bit too much. The feel is spicy and Iím not a fan. Not easy to go through much of this.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-14-2010
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Flaco Alto. The xxxmas version. Medium brown, mahogany highlights, decent white head, fades to ring. Big caramel aroma, toffee, spice through the background. Ginger, cinnamon, allspice, maybe. flavor shows a little oxidation, otherwise just like aroma suggests. Ginger gets stronger as it warms. Medium smooth mothfeel.