chinchill (662) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Appearance: Dark red-brown color with a small head that died soon and didnít leave much lacing
Smell: Dominated by caramel and darker malts. but with some orange peel, coriander and cinnamon.
Taste: Solid malty body over which is a carefully proportioned interplay of coriander, cinnamon, and other spices. Good balance, with bittering hops kicking in the the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-full body; moderate carbonation
O: A fine winter warmer, with ample but not overdone spicing to fit winter holidays. Nearly 7% ABV is not hidden but fits in with the character of this ale.
KajII (711) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. The pour was a murky medium brown with a large (2-3 finger) light brown fizzy head that rapidly receded, down to a very thin fizzy film and small collar with poor lacing.
The aroma was of a toasted biscuit malt, light citrus hops and a musty yeast with notes of caramel, a light chocolate presence, coriander, ginger, citrus (orange peel) and a hint of cinnamon.
The taste was malty sweet and a tad acidic with a hint of caramel and a very light touch of chocolate at first, and then became a bit yeasty and slightly bitter sweet with a nice spicy citrus peel ending. The flavor lasted an average time proceeding the swallow, with a lightly spicy citrus taste left behind.
Mouthfeel was just above light in body with a watery, dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.
Overall this was a brew with a lot of flavor and a bold carbonation. What I really liked was the well rounded spicy ending which allowed the cinnamon to shine right at the finish, making this a smooth and tasty Winter Warmer with a really good drinkability... www.facebook.com/KAJIIsBeerReviews
prawlie (870) - Berkshire, ENGLAND - MAR 20, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Natty Greenes in Greensboro. Very dark red. Spiced, dry and lighty bitter. Nice aftertaste.
Garbageman (368) - Lexington, South Carolina, USA - MAR 7, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From tap. Deep copper color. Little to no head. Aroma was spice, sweet malt and cinnamon. Taste followed with a little too much sweetness for me.
arventresca (486) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - FEB 10, 2013
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Hawthornes. Nice aroma, kind of spicy offering. In general not bad. Would get again next year.
Rrauth (650) - North Carolina, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle was worried about the cinnamon but it was just the right amount. Very nice appearance. Great head and lacing. No funny aftertaste.
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beerme31 (392) - Apex, North Carolina, USA - JAN 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours light brown thin tan head. Aroma of spices including ginger and nutmeg and cinnamon. Hint of citrus. Medium sweet taste. Medium body, orange and corinader definitely come through in the finish. Overall pretty good winter ale.
jcwattsrugger (10072) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle shared by jtclockwork-disappearing lt tan-amber. A-fruit, med malt, peppermint. T-fruit/spice hops, med malt-caramel.
jtclockwork (5220) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from a generous trader - shared with Jcwattsrugger. Pours amber brown with off white head. Nose and taste of candy cane, peppermint, cinnamon, anise and light spicy malt. Body on the thinner side of medium.
bubbleflubber (1465) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brick-chestnut hue with a thin cap that leaves mild lacing. The nose is of spices, a hint of vinegar sours and wet hay. Flavors are similar, dry malt, light sours, ginger and pie/mulling spices. The finish is spiced and just a hint of bitters. Ok winter offering, but the spice/sour combo throws this one a touch out of balance.