bubbleflubber (1896) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper-ruby into the glass with an eggshell cap head that leaves suds lacing. The nose is malty, spiced and somewhat vegetal/herbal. Flavors are of dry pie spices, malt, herbs and finishing with some grainy notes. The mouthfeel is active with carbonation. A medium-light body ensues, with the heavy spices and herbal notes leaving a semi-dry palate. Not bad, but it tries almost too hard to achieve the "winter" essence, seeming a bit over-spiced. The spices overbalance toward grains and herbs, missing out on some comforting sweetness that is normally found in a winter seasonal. It’s a perfectly "ok" brew, but not quite the complex, substantial offering one would expect to find for comfort during cold winter nights.
SlimHabib (266) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - FEB 9, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pour. Hazy copper amber with a large foamy tan head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and coriander aroma. Full body slightly creamy body. Toasty cereal, nuts, and spice taste.
dlovell2 (1004) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper color with off white head. Fruity, malty aroma with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, light pepper, citrus zest. Sweet caramel malt with gingerbread and citrus zest. Spicy flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, corriander and spicy black pepper. A little pepper spice heat remains in mouth after swallow.
944play (366) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - DEC 9, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Sprenger’s. Reasonably bright amber with medium off-white foam. Puzzling aroma of pine sap and Szechuan peppercorn melts into kooky ginger and cinnamon. Cinnamon Toast Crunch meets Läkerol clumsily in the flavor. Clean ferment, but the finish is wanting for a bit more bitterment.. or something.
Suttree (5339) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown, loose white head. Smells like chestnut and pine. Flavor is nutty and piney, with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Not bad.
AgentAle (917) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is rich malts, cinnamon, fig, spice and molasses. Taste is sweet and almost chewy mouthfeel. Pretty rich flavors similar to aroma. The spiciness and cinnamon in particular come through. Light caramel and fig. Appearance is an orange /amber with a thin pearl creamy head that retains fairly poorly.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
dig the spices they used and the amounts...probably not crazy about the beer underneath. they do a killer mint chocolate porter that should be thir holiday beer!
mar (4984) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with a cream head’. Nose is lemon, spice, malts, light wheat. Easy palate, zest, lemon, not much else.
jstraw (1942) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Jerry’s. Gold-amber with good, creamy, off-white head, good lacing / Sweet nose of toast, caramel, baking spice / Light to medium body, soft carbonation, a touch watery, moderate sweetness with good balance and light bitterness on finish / Flavors of toast, fresh cinnamon roll,
dfinney23 (2048) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of spices but well balanced and not overwhelming. Reminds me of pfeffernüsse cookies.