JulienHuxley (5194) - Trois-RiviŤres, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 30, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample on tap at the brewpub. Clear gold pour with thick white head. Aroma is really spicy, hoppy, lots of vanilla. Very vanilla flavor, tons of vanilla, light spice, hoppy finish. Palate is med bodied with med-light carbonation. Definitely strange, but I thought it was a pretty nice experiment.
VsXsV (3642) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JAN 29, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught at Marin Brewing Company. Clear deep golden liquid with small to medium white head. Aroma of spices, light smoke, light citrus and grain. Taste is light sweet and light bitter with notes of spices and toast. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Very Meh.
Homer321 (3551) - Melboring, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Moderate vanilla and cinnamon. Some allspice and clove. Not much hop character in aroma. Taste is like licking a Christmas candle. At least it isnít full of spruce. Meh.
mR_fr0g (7237) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the Marin brewing company larkspur. Light hazed mid orange coloured pour with a pale white froth. Aroma is subdued, woody, cinnamon, orange pale grains. Flavour is composed of semi sweet grains, orange rind, nutmeg and cinnamon, little stale grains component. Palate is highish carbonation, hints of spice in the finish. Drying. Not terrible.
monk191 (1545) - California, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A fairly basic but well balanced ale. Pours a clear orange with a thin white head. Smells of berries and a bit of herbs and citrus. Taste is a little bit boring, fruity with a slightly pale finish. Had. On tap at the brewery.
slowrunner77 (8356) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
"i had this beer in 2006 and 2007, and it slightly misses the mark for me. the spices and hop flavor just didnít come together. not bad at all, but nothing special."
Jhackmeister (13) - Washington, USA - JAN 6, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
A very interesting brew. The pour is dark orange with a big, bright white head that sticks around and laces nicely. The aroma is lacking but a faint whiff of tropical hops is accompanied by some orange peal. First you get a nice malt and hop balance on the palate, but the finish of orange and vanilla confuses you a bit. Overall a nice one and done beer for the holiday season.
jdavidh (160) - California, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice color with a lightly spicy and floral nose. Surprising flavor - great spiciness reminds me of old world gruut beer spices. Quite a bit of orange too. Very nice.
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Beerathon (1679) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer is interesting in that it confused the palate, going in so many directions. Can almost feel a pale ale edge to it, then it turns into more of a winter warmer with its spice notes. The aroma isnít very good though, would have liked spices, hops, or malts more upfront. The vanilla aftertaste, especially as it warms, is strange. Not bad, but strange. Seems out of place.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours golden brown with a small head that recedes quickly. Nose is heavy spice, cloves, ginger and cinnamon. Dark fruits marry in with the spice to create and clone of a fruitcake. The taste is sweet, but loses sweetness to dullness momentarily before transitioning to a small bitter finish. The mouthfeel is crisp and clean, body is light and finish is long.