jrob21 (2170) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice little winter beer my mother in law had waiting for me over christmas. Thanks madre. Pretty deep muddy brown color. Aroma of spice and plums and a little bit of ginger. Flavor was red fruit again, spice and a bit of a chalky texture. At first I got some cocoa but that faded into the spice and malt drink that is perfect for this time of year.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
dark cloudy amber, wispy beige head, light malt aroma with traces of cinamon, lots of sweet malt flavor with a candy like quality including a nice vanilla flavor balanced with light spicyness including the cinamon, the spiced are kept very light as to add character rather than take over,
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 16/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - DEC 6, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A great beer. Glad to see it in bottles. Pours out a dark brown color with a smaller tan head. aroma is very festive. Has notes of malt, sugar, and cinnamon. Flavor is very much the same with a nice bit of nut meg in there. A great winter ale.
chandler0201 (634) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light brown pour with white head which stayed for awhile. Aroma of caramel and some Christmas spices. Flavor was strong gingerbread spice and cinnamon with slight bitterness. Very drinkable.
Damico (2210) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber darker ginger root in color like the gingerbread intentions for the beer with a creamy white head. There is more carbonation than desired in this beer, which you can remedy with a few swirls. The aroma brings sweet tea and sour mix notes, from the spices and orange peel. The flavor brings spices, sweetness, and citrus notes on a smooth cleaner body. The carbonation settles well after all the swirling.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear ruby brown color with thin white head. no lace. Cinnamon and gingerbread nose and flavor. Alcohol is prominent in the flavor and finish. Good winter brew.
IPAsavedMYlife (340) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very much like a brown ale with extra spices added in. Sweet, slightly smoky, with reasonable hop character.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 6, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark ruby copper with 1-2 fingers of light tan head. Nose is mild, light toasted grain and a cereal character with a subdued spice profile and light vegetal notes. Nice spice and malt character in the mouth. The spices are kept in check and don’t overwhelm. Dry finish and light body.
chinchill (1013) - 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 didn’t 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.
brewski519 (644) - Morrisville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle from City Beverage in Winston-Salem. Pours reddish gold with an offi white head on it. Aroma is spicy and fruity with some cinnamon and nutmeg dominating. Taste is full of spice as I would expect from a holiday all with some fruitiness to it. Pretty easy drinking holiday ale - not overly heavy - I was able to drink several which I can’t say for many of the holiday ales I have tried. Pretty solid.