DocLock (8054) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Craft. Pours turbid burnt umber w 2f ow head. Nose is dark malty, spicy, with brown sugar, citrus, cardamom. Flavor is malty, spicy, with earthy rock sugary brown sugary notes, spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, and coriander, and earthy cacao notes. Some late heat reminds your feeble palate that this one isn’t fit for lightweights such as yourself, punk.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAY 30, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750ml from an unremembered location. Vibrant amber pour with a fluffy, off-white head. Lingering carbonation, decent lacing. The smell is immediately inviting, even as it reveals something of the complexity of the beer. Something about it reminded me of Sherrill’s Christmas cookies back on Penn. Ave, the smell of childhood yule on Cap Hill. I’m already on board. But there’s more than reminders going on here, with a very subtle and well integrated array of sweets and spices to liven up a very enjoyable BSA. One of my favorite holiday type beers in recent memory.
AskForJenny (1024) - Ontario, New York, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.75l - Pours a dark red with off white head, impressive appearance. Ginger nose, candied fruits maybe, most peculiar. Palate reminded me of anise, ginger, spices you’d associate with Christmas baking, a nice touch. Good seasonal
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#2000 Cookout. Sample from a bottle shared by Suttree. Dark red-brown, beige head. Aroma is spicy, bready, spice cake. Taste is bread, citrusy, spice cake, cinnamon, allspice.
OldGrowth (2755) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - MAY 3, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
old note, on tap at Tyler’s Apex. Real good aroma, Sweet and spicy. Caramel, yeasty spice, coriander, brown sugar. Clean brownish orange color good head, ok lace. sweet spice flavor, lite body, thick creamy oily mouthfeel, spice sweet finish. Very tasty brew. palate was interesting as it seemed lite on the mouthfeel yet was so think and creamy. Filled me up though. aroma was best part with sweet and spice both keeping me sniffin this beer the whole way through..
Suttree (5265) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
This quickly became known as The Gingerbread Beer. It was tasty, and smelled like gingerbread, plus some clove, molasses, nutmeg, and possibly some bourbon. But man, was this beer heavy. I know it was designed to be a sipper, but it just ended up being just a bit too much.
patrick767 (3590) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 10, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle at Fort Wayne tasting - Pours hazy red and smells of yeast, dark fruit, and malt. The flavor is sweet with dark fruit and spices. It’s full bodied and everything comes together well. Ommegang delivers once again with an excellent brew.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt 9.4oz bottle into an Ommegang goblet. The label reads that it has 10%abv. Printed on the neck of the bottle is the freshness date as well as a packaged on date. The dates read "PKG ON 08/28/09" and "BEST BY 08/2014. This bottle was sampled on 12-28-09.
Appearance: It has a dark reddish tan color body with a hazy complexion. Its head is light tan in color, fades quickly and leaves very little lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma is rich and full with a spicy character. It starts with bready maltiness then adds notes of coriander, clove, citrus peel, a touch of yeast and some mellow alcohol.
Taste/Palate: The flavor full of complex spices hops and malt all in a solid medium to full body with lively carbonation. The base has dark dried fruity notes with sweet bready maltiness, yeast and mellow warm alcohol. The spices add the next layer of complexity and dryness with peppery notes, ginger, clove, coriander and citrusy orange peel. Hop flavor is complementary and adds its own spicy notes and more dryness. Hop flavor is most noticeable in the finish which is quit dry and has lingering spice and yeast notes.
Notes: I normally don’t like overly spicy Christmas beer but this one works. Overall this one is outstanding. It has many different layers of flavor and is never dominated by just one spice.
dnstone (2165) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 13, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Christmas-spiced aroma (similar to harpoon winter warmer). Apple cider color. A nice spiced Belgian dark ale...excellent winter beer!
Notes: Beer Advocate Belgian Beer Fest (Boston) ’09
Ceebs25 (503) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - MAR 12, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
1 pt, 9.4 fl oz bottle. Like most Ommegang selections, the smell draws you in right from the start with that airy, biscuit dough malt. Peppery spices, orange zest, minor candy cane, light nutty caramel, a minor olive funk, mixed tropical fruits, and some heavier red wine round out yet another wonderful nose from this brewery. On the pour, some thick bubbling white head with decent retention, a semi-cloudy medium thick body and rusty orange in color. The feel of this is one isn’t as creamy smooth as other Ommegang’s. Definitely more bite and a sharper flavor profile with a hint of alcohol in the background. As advertised, a warming drink for the winter. The peppery candy, and orange zest may take away just a little bit from the overall product, as I wish those notes would have taken on a slightly less prominent role. Besides that, there’s really nothing else negative to say about this very complex, well balanced beer. Good biscuit malts, with light caramel, with a decent citrus hop profile. The aroma complements the flavors quite well, as a bit of spicy funk is present there as well. In the end, just another tasty, (albeit a bit more in your face) creation from Ommegang.