Leighton (12237) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 28, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Shared a bottle with friends at the Ginger Man in NYC. Pours a dark, ruby-brown with puffy off-white head. Aroma of spices with notes of sweet malts. Flavor is a rich complexity of sweet, dark fruits and spiciness, along with a thick, sugary palatte. Body is almost syrupy. Finish is sweet and mildly warming. Overall quite delicious.
17thfloor (2434) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
6 very sweet smelling, heavily spiced, lots of cardamon upfront, overwhelming, some of the orange peel shines thru, rich maltiness underneath
4 pours a clear but dark chestnut , visoucs sugary, color with a nice fine fizzy white froth
7 flavor is sweet and spicy, light urinal cake, again loaded with caramon, finishing medicianlly sweet with orange peel, richly sweet, hides the 10% exceptionally well
3/4 medium bodied, syrupy but not sticky visoucs, light sizzling carbonation.
\well brewed but not particularily good
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks 17thfloor! Pours a dark brown with a red tint and a small off white froth. Aroma is insanely spicy and sugary, way too much. I appreciate a nice holiday ale with spices, but this amount of vanilla and cardamom and what have you is overwhelming. Seems like it should be glazed over a ham. Flavor is a bit better, the spices are at least being attempted at balance with some dark fruits and chocolate and vanilla. Still overwhelming but a bit better. FInishes with some citric and cardamom fading away. Medium body and a sharp carbonation. I feel like holiday beers need to be very careful about spices and not make a mess of them.
boamr (309) - Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to Pineypower. Pours a nice amber color with an off white head. Has a malty, coriander smell to it. Taste is of Belgian yeast and dark fruit. Nicely done
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle: Aroma of spices, grains, cardamon, cinnamon, slight orange peel, and grains of paradise. Poured very deep amber/brown in color with a tiny, loose, beige head that disappeared immediately. Cloudy. Slightly sparkling. Full of tiny and small particles throughout. Complex flavor is medium sweet and full of spices. Tastes of malts, grains of paradise, cardamon, cinnamon, slight Belgian yeast, slight caramel, slight tobacco, and hints of fruit and alcohol. Medium body. Oily, slick texture. Soft to average carbonation. Sweet, spiced, cinnamon, grains of paradise, slight caramel finish. 10%ABV is just barely noticeable in the flavor.
zach8270 (3628) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(bottle - corked & caged 750 ml) Dark copper pour with a mound of tan foam. Aroma is incredibly spicy. Lots of cinnamon and coriander come through immediately, with a light hint of orange peel at the end. Flavor is almost exactly the same. Major spice bomb. All kinds of sweet and spicy notes begin the flavor and blend very subtly into a sweet malty backbone. Finishes very spicy with a lot of sweetness. Alcohol is well hidden.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
750 ml at redlight redlight. Pours a cloudy amber. The nose is very earthy and full of diapers. Behind it some yeast, coriander, and other spices. A tad creamy on the palate, the flavor is piggy with some winter spices. I either really like it or donít care for it at all. Either way it is a very interesting brew, though one Iím not sure Iíll try again. What the hell Iíll probably try it again.
tomthompson89 (1921) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
amazing nose, it really is a holiday beer, dark and spicy but the flavor is overdone, mace and spice dominate and make it too much. valiant effort though.
beerbill (3564) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a murky dark auburn with a thin-moderate off-white head that fades away by the second sip and leave scant lace. Pleasant aroma of malt, caramel, plums and Belgian yeast. Iím not getting all that much spice in the nose. The flavor is filled with rich malt, sweet caramel, plums, traditional Christmas spices, and Belgian yeast. Very tasty. There is some mild alcohol warmth towards the finish. Overall, an enjoyable beer.
TheEpeeist (3414) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Murky brown with a smooth bone haze. Smells like a fruitcake with yeasty brown bread, candied orange peel and dates. Sticky medium body with a tingle. Taste is buttery, yeasty, toffee and bitter spices. Finishes with a citrus zing and a clovey bite. Spicing didnít really work for me but my buddy thought it was great.