Chuckaduck (653) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark red-brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral. Taste is herbal, some honey, some clove, perhaps some coriander (?), and a mild albeit general malt character. A little thin lacing. Syrupy mouth feel. Surprised to see that this was 8% alcohol.
My problem with this beer was that there were lots of aromas and flavors missing for me. I missed the ginger and spruce completely. The same with the orange. Overall not bad, but I was looking very forward to those elements. They just weren’t there.
pottygok (479) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Caramel and chocolate with hints of ginger and cinnamon.
Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque black, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly.
Taste: Light sweetness with a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Palate: Medium body, crisp, clean texture, average carbonation, decent finish.
Overall: Comes across as a nice spice porter. Not too spiced, but the flavors are there. It’s just a well rounded beer, not mind blowing, but well done and quite tasty.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear dark amber with a lasting, one finger white head. Immediately hit with chocolate with caramel and dry roasted coffee. Pretty good on this cold evening.
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2008
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
growler from Jungle Jims. Flavor is hickory smoke, mild hops, poured over wet wood. The best thing going for it may be the thick malty body, but not much else. Nah.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The hint of orange peel does not compliment this beer, but rather clashes with the smooth malt. The ginger alone would have been sufficient to add a spice note to this brew.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2010
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from Belmont Party Supply, Dayton, OH. Poured a nice amber/red color. Nice flavor for a seasonal beer. I probably should have had it a bit colder then what I did. Good herb flavors. Nice winter beer. Mt. Carmel has a few good offerings out there.
RKanis (152) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 20, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with reddish tints. Aroma is of ginger, sweet malt, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste is like a liquid gingerbread man with a hint of alcohol. Real nice stuff.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to bamadog for the bottle!
A: Pours a deep ruby/brown color with a small off-white cap. Retention is not too great
S: Overripe red fruits and berries, lots of caramel, toffee, light molasses, caramel malts, and a touch of spice. The nose is a little shy, but seemingly balanced
T: Thin flavor, but well done. An underlying sweetness, followed by a bit of spice and cocoa powder. Artificial red fruits and berries in the background. Malts give some sweetness and caramel flavor
MF/D: Too thin for the style in my opinion, which is shocking considering the 8% ABV. Alcohol is well hidden throughout.
Notes: Tasty beer, but nowhere near the likes of Cigar City’s Warmer Winter or Anchor’s Christmas Ale. Glad to try it, and thanks for the bottle bamadog
slats1221 (60) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not terrible not great another review said it tasted watered down and I would have to agree. I prefer my Xmas ale’s along the Great Lakes line and this just isn’t there.
BeerNutBob (10) - - DEC 28, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed this although it is on the light side for an ale. Nice combination of spices.