phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 14, 2013 12 oz. bottle from Ludlow Wines. Pours clear dark brown with a reddish tint and a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, banana, spices, caramel malts, brown sugar, and a little earthy note. Flavor is sweet, with caramel malts, banana, brown sugar, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, spices, and toast. Light-medium bodied, with light carbonation and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Sweet finish. Pretty good. Re-rate: Better than I remembered. Nice spice-hop-malt balance. Good body, not overly spicy.
AmEricanbrew (5514) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of Exiled. Clear carmel color/ no head. Sour fruit, sweet spicy carmel aromas. medium bodied with average co2. Toasted carmel flavors with mildly astringent winter spices.
Mora2000 (5306) - McKinney, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.
The beer pours an amber color with a white head. The aroma is very one dimensional and is very heavy on the toffee. I donít get anything else. The flavor is toffee, caramel and chocolate. I was expecting some spices in the beer and I donít get any. Still, the flavor is pretty nice and the beer is easy to drink. The alcohol is well hidden. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
DrSilverworm (4738) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Nice, mostly hazy mahogany color, a minimal kahki head, leaving a solid row of lace. UNIQUE aroma for the ubiquitous winter ale. Very distinct gingerbread aroma, then some molasses. I like it! Carbonation is bordering on pronounced, but itís not too bad... Good texture, otherwise. Definitely some orange, and other spices. Nice sweet taste. A solid winter ale, very good to drink.
mar (4591) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to exiled. poured a deep amber with a cream head. nose is yeast, spices, fruits, and malts. nice on the palate, faint spices and bready malt for the flavors.
JaBier (4415) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle purchased as part of a mixed 6 at Kroger Polaris. Pours a clear reddish copper with a medium tan head. Aroma is caramel, ginger, honey and light berry. Malty and caramelly flavor with some pear and ginger character along with some crisp hops before a spicy semi-dry finish.
alexsdad06 (4349) - Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle (label says 8% not 6%). Pours a clear deep reddish copper color with a fine beige head. The aroma was caramel malt with some spice and earthy (herbal)hops. The flavor is a well blended mixture of caramel malt and earthy hops. Moderately sweet to start with a dry bitterness in the finish. There isnít a singular spice I can pick out, but there is enough there to be a presence. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel. This is a nice beer to end a cold evening with. Actually, the malts are coming out a bit more as I continue to type and drink.
Is this the same beer that had 4 ratings all from prior to 2009? There are clear differences in the stated ABV.
b3shine (4209) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; brown with ample beige head. Smells and tastes of malt, allspice, and honey with a solid mouthfeel. A nice winter warmer.
markwise (4175) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 7, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Extra from trade with phaleslu. Pours dark caramel amber brown with a tan head. Nose is caramel, spice, malt, and brown sugar. Flavor is similar with malt, spice, and molasses. Medium body and pretty nice overall.
cheap (3747) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 28, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wew, before I rate I see its 8%, now Iím biased. Sweet malty aroma. From a 12 oz brown bottle. Looks like a pretty dark beer in my iceland mug. Aftera few swigs, does not seem to be as high alky as I expected. Has a very nice quarter inch head that does not fade. Taste becomes a little medicine like as the session continues. Though malty, does not seem to be too much alky. I get along ok with this beer. It could be a little less caroub. Finish is just that, a finish; exactly what I want this weather to be. Like the other mount carmel beers Iíve had, on style and a little over the top in personality. Iíve got to say this is not over spiced like so many other winter beers Iíve had. Come on winter, lets get it over with.