jsquire (3799) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber color with a short lived beige head. Nose of some spice and an real artificial vanilla. This tastes of some cinnamon and spice but mostly I get a big wave of what I process as artificial vanilla flavoring. It is a bit off putting.
LinusStick (3036) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A delicious Christmas beer! I usually don’t care for these spiced holiday beers so I wasn’t expecting much. Aroma was nice and strong. Heavy spices and notes of caramel. Pour was a nice deep dark brown with a one finger off white head. Taste was delicious. Nutmeg and cinnamon were dominant and made the beer taste like a pumpkin beer. That’s a plus. Roasted malt and caramel come out as it warms. Nice carbonation round the beer out. Very nice!
MadRobin (2441) - Silver Spring, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from 12 oz. bottle.
Opaque black-brown with a small khaki head and very good lacing.
Aroma of nuts, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla cola and nutmeg.
Taste of nuts, caramel, cinnamon, vanilla, cola, chocolate and nutmeg.
Medium body and medium/high carbonization.
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Art (2430) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nutty spicy aroma. Hazelnut and slight coffee flavor. Slightly watered down.
weihenweizen (2393) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into an English pint glass. Clear copper with small off-white head. Aroma is rich nuts, medium body, medium/low carbonation, and pretty good small-bubble lacing. Taste is slightly rich nuts, caramel malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and lactose. The nuts and lactose don’t completely meld for me, but still pretty good.
Capa (2371) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I’m not generally a big fan of Christmas spiced beers but this one is a different story. Dark brown with a ring of foamy head. Aroma is sweet, creamy, spiced, toasted malts, chocolate. Medium to full body. Flavor is sweet, toasted malts, cream, spices, nutty, milk chocolate. A real stunner. Delicious.
Darkmagus82 (2055) - - OCT 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-18-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a one finger of tan colored head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving only a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is heavies of a big sweet vanilla and chocolate smell. Mixed with these are some roasted malt aromas with a good deal of nutty aromas mixed within. Overall it has a delicious sweet chocolate bar smell overall
Taste – The taste begins with a moderately strong roasted malt flavor with a sweetness of caramel and a light vanilla mixed in. As the flavor advances, some chocolate begins coming to the tongue. It starts out of a sweeter milk chocolate flavor with it transitioning to a more semi-sweet flavor later on. A nutty flavor starts developing more in the middle of the taste, starting out of a lightly roasted almond flavor and becoming slightly more bitter and potent as the flavor moves to the end. With the advent of the chocolate and the nut that comes into the taste and takes it to its end, one is left with a still rather sweet, but nicely balanced chocolate and nutty flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is average in terms of thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is average as well. A little thicker of a body and lower carbonation level may have suited the brew slightly better, but overall it was rather decent.
Overall – A pretty easy drinking nut-brown ale with a good deal of a chocolate presence. Rather tasty overall.
BMMillsy (1756) - Florida, USA - MAR 29, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from trade side by side with other Penn stuff. Pours a reddish amber color with a creamy white head. Sweet cinnamon candy aroma, a bit of toffee and caramel. Flavor is a bit of cinnamon on top of what seems to be that cream cheese icing flavor that I didn’t expect. A bit of nuttiness in there as well. Medium bodied with slightly prickly carbonation. This is a neat beer and seems like it would be good for the holiday times. Just like it is described.
Beerathon (1635) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep reddish brown with a nice hoppy/spiced aroma. A very enjoyable winter seasonal ale.
kassner (1449) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle and very unusual. Can’t get the memory of my uncle and his pipe out of my head, pungent seet odor and bitter tatste, but I can’t say drinking the pipe was the same.