OldGrowth (2757) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pint at Tylers Apex. Ok aroma, sweet. Toffee, minor spice, clean brownish orange color, no head or lace. Sweet flavor. Light body, oily creamy mouthfeel sweet, spiced finish. Meh, not very exciting. Aroma is weak. Flavor marginally better, just not grabbing my attention.
DialSquare (2917) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From draft sampler at the tap house. amber pour. honey, ginger, bready, light spices. kinda flat and bland. - 5.2
maxwelldeux (3802) - Everett, Washington, USA - NOV 19, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a hazy very dark amber color with almost no head. Very spicy in the nose. Spice comes through in the taste, too. But itís not really a style Iím a fan of.
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2012 Originally reviewed: 1/1/11. Cracked this bottle with a buddy on New Yearís Eve. Poured my allotment into a pint glass. Pours a ruby red with about an inch of off-white head. The nose is full of cinnamon, nutmeg, some toasted sugar, and floral tones.
The mouth is a little flat and tame. Could use a bit more zip. The flavors start out with some sweet honey, sugary sweetness with a wash of cinnamon and vanilla on the finish. This could have been a bit more bold in flavor, but it was decent nonetheless. Iíd have this again, but itís not one of OHBís best. Drinkable still.
HopTsing (443) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From the bottle poured amber brew with a light brown head. Aromas of malt, malt, and more malt. Flavors of malt with a bit of hop sting on the light side. Medium bodied and boring.
tia (1010) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - MAR 24, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Amber with pretty foamy light tan head. First sniff says fresh and soapy. Further sniffing reminds me more of play doh. Tastes sweet. Bit of a tingle on the tongue. Lingering sweet finish. (Might be a bit past itís peak.)
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber, best by May 2012. The pour yields a clear, dark, red-orange amber body with a short, fading, cream colored head. While settling to a thin surface ring, the head leaves little trails of rounded lace flares behind. The nose is massively spiced, showing candied ginger, cinnamon stick, lavender, and orange rind all and over a base of amber rock sugar, orange blossom honey, and baking bread dough. I canít tell if it smells more like a sweet glazed cake or a fancy soap. I suppose itís got a bit of both. Flavors are just as sweet as the nose lets on, as honey and peppery, wintery mulling spices dominate. Soapy lavender and cinnamon are prominent. Candied citrus peel lends a bit of a bittersweet bite. Thereís a bit of a tea-like feel to this as well. I almost feel like it should be warmed up and sipped slowly by the fire. The palate is lacking in liveliness, with a dull, syrupy texture. Ugh...spice bomb and honey...no thanks.
argo0 (11642) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle courtesy of wilkie. Lightly hazed dark amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger, light honey, cranberry. Taste is medium sweet, ginger, bread, some caramel.
Sikash (240) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at first steet pub. Pours amber color with small white head. aroma is average with spicy notes of cinnamon ginger and maybe some floral notes. Decent mouthfeel with tastes of honey, ginger, and maybe juniper(?). Backend has taste of malt. Overall a decent beverage that does seem to remind one of christmas.
jrob21 (2674) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bestway. A fruity syrupy sweet malty drink with a little bit of spice. Christmas for sure. Pours a clear amber color with a tan head. Aroma is fig and a touch of anise. Flavor is malty caramel, full bodied, sweet. Fruit working all the way through. A little bit of cherry and plum as well.