rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
lots of spice - specifically nutmeg. nice deep red color. some hop bite up front. medium to thick body with a little malt and candy sugar. the first bottle was great - from then on the nutmeg gets to be a bit much.
philbertk (1873) - Seattle, Washington, USA - MAY 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
JINGLE ALE 12 OZ. BOTTLE.
1998--6.50% ABV. (4.5 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Deep clear brown color with hints of red. Nice nutmeg spice front balanced by rich, but not sugary, malt body. Dry finish. Sharp blend of spice and malt flavors. Sampled 11/16/1998.
2000--5.80% ABV. (4.25 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Slightly hazy nutmeg color. Light lacy white head. Spicy very coriander nutmeg front with toasted notes. Cinnamon dry sweet toasted malty body. Tapering spice end is clean dry and hot. Rich holiday brew. Sampled 12/31/2000.
2001--5.63% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Spicy cinnamon front. Hazy thin bronze color. Light white sediment rain. Rich lacy head. Spiciness dominates rich light roasted body. Thin texture and light dry sweetness. Hot spicy end. Minor hops. Sampled 11/18/2001.
2002--5.63% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Hazy thin dirty copper brown color. Medium lacy head. Roasted malt spice mild spruce hop floral front. Sweet malty body with tangy burnt nutmeg caramel mellow ester taste. Malt spice mild hop end. Tasty. Sampled 12/5/2002.
2003--5.63% ABV. (4.0 / 5.0) Winter Ale. Mild lace head. Clear bronze brown color hazes with sediment. Mildly spicy roasted mild hop front. Creamy thick sweet roasted doughy crusty caramel burnt nutmeg with yeast body. Malty mild hop end. Mild. Sampled 1/17/2004.
AmEricanbrew (5616) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - AUG 10, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from x-mas 2000 and cellared since then, enjoyed on 7/25/2008. Clear garnet color with a thin head. Pumpkin pie spicy aromas with malty grainy pie crust. Medium body with light carbonation. Nice caramel toffee sweet flavors with still strong spicy pumpkin and clove same as the aroma. No trace of oxidation. After nearly eight years in a bottle this brews flavors are as strong or more so than many aged Anchor OSA’s....wow, very nice Christmas treat in July.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - MAR 30, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one has aged a bit and the spice has stood up very strong. Pours a dark mahogany with a tall off-white head. Aroma of pure ginger bread sweet with a touch of fruitbread in the nose. Taste is very thin and light bodied with much less spice than the nose let on. A bit of an herbal hop finish with still a lot of bitterness trailing behind. I thought the bitterness might have died down a bit in the older age and it may have gained a bit of body, but i was wrong.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - FEB 8, 2004
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
spicy cinnamon aroma, dark ruby, menthol with gross spiciness mostly ginger
AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Khaki head, hoppy fruit aroma, sour and tangy flavor right off the bat, dark amber coloring, hintes of pine needles, nice hop bitters, kind of ice tea-ish flavor, tart finish
Gromit (479) - Port Orchard, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I'm not much of a fan of this brewery but since I love winter beers I thought I'd give this a shot. I sure wish they'd have advertised this as a Ginger beer as I might have liked it better. I was caught completely off-guard with all the ginger considering I was expecting something a little more along the lines of Jubelale. I gotta be in the mood for ginger and I wasn't as I tried it.
Even so, this beer is average at best. If you like ginger beer you might like this, but there's far better out there.
Okay, this is an average brown beer with quite a bit of ginger and very little body.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Like ginger? Then I think you'll like this beer, since that's pretty much what's going on. I could not drink more than 12 oz of this, although the ginger and spice flavor is pretty well balanced with the rest of the beer. Interesting to say the least.
KingPinHead (390) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - APR 3, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma features malt, cloves and cinnamon---smells like the Holidays...Color is a rich brown with medium beige head and copious honeycomb lace...This brewery's sigature caramel malt profile is in evidence here, but in light measure...Mild hops and a sprinkling of spices buoy the top-end and linger through the lightly dry finish...Carbonation is suitably light...Body is medium-light---a little too light for a winter warmer...Flavors are spritely and pleasant, but again lack a measure of desired "oomph." Overall, a wonderful appearance and aroma highlight this offering, but the main body of work proves disappointing in comparison to the hopeful prelude.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This beer has continuously won the Xmas beer tasting at my annual holiday tasting. However, the 2002 version had very little spiciness/aroma compared to previous years. It is almost like the beer was "dumbed down" to make it more appealing to the masses. Great tastes of Cinnamon, Nutmeg and Allspice make this a holiday standard.
herbstress3 (221) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This was an interesting beer, decent looking amber in color but really funky flavor. Un-identifiable really. It was okay, not at all one I would get again, and I had an odd stomach ache when I got home from the brewery.