PapaSkeetSkeet (1005) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brown with a heavy haze and light caramel head an inch thick but fades fizzling quickly to nothing. Aroma is spice (nutmeg, cardamom, cloves) , dates, toffee, raisin, dried cherry, cranberry, pomegranate. Body is medium-heavy, oily-syrupy, with high carbonation and strong burn to balance it. Flavor is lots of spice, heavier on the licorice, nutmeg, coriander. Light raisin bread. Spices are most apparent on the exhale, which is also a bit hot. Bit of hop bitterness, which, combined with the spices, has a slightly medicinal note to it, a bit of wormwood even. This is growing on me. It would be an interesting challenge to brew a beer in which spice pervaded to this extent, yet I think the appeal is limited to the average drinker. Anyway, neato beer, well brewed (except for head retention) still, it’s not my favorite from Ommegang.
revolution2718 (376) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours reddish mahogany with nice thick head. Nose is like a dubbel, ommegang yeast, dark fruits, bready, also holiday spices, candied orange peel. Taste matches nose, yeasty, dark fruits, lots of dark malts, a bit bready, spices. Extremely full bodied, abv hidden well. Overall a solid winter beer. Very flavorful, the ton of malt doesn't bother me like it usually would, balanced well with their spicy yeast.
bpar73 (798) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours reddish cooper color with an off-white head. Spices, dark fruit and Belgian yeast in the aroma and taste.
beertholomeus (1439) - California, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep ruby color with off white head. Spice, malt, dark fruit, yeast , toffee, caramel and chocolate flavors and aroma. Medium full body and moderate carbonation. Spice and malt finish.
dfinney23 (2531) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stay away if you don’t like spices in your beer. Dark fruit, Belgian yeast and an unusual but tasty blend of spices.
TheCaptMatey (199) - Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On drought, poured a hazy dark copper/brown colour with a cream head that left Steady aroma of malt, dark fruit and trail notes of spice. Flavor was of spicy belgian yeast, dark fruits, cherries or raisin, with a warm alcohol finish.
jefcon (1565) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of spices and a light citrus bouquet. Sweet malt, and a fine warming winter beer.
RevBFG (73) - - NOV 23, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Total Wine. Pours amber with a fluffy white head. Smells of herbs and Belgian yeast. Tastes like cherries -- sweet, smooth, and delicious. Very good winter brew.
clueo (167) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a medium brown color and has very little translucence. The smell is a perfect mixture of sweet citrus with a touch of spice. The taste is very clean and starts as sweet and finishes with a raison touch. An outstanding winter beer perfect for cold weather!
Dogbrick (10436) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Winking Lizard. Pours a cloudy copper-brown color with a medium off-white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt, fruit and spices. Full-bodied with flavors of earthy yeast, coriander and citrus. The finish is malty with a spicy yeast and banana aftertaste. Above average overall.