navajojoe (28) - - DEC 9, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, I am noting that this is not a beer to be drank on itís own. I tried it at first on itís own and it left a strong bitter after taste. I couldnít find the depth of the beer. I choose to grab some age cheddar from the frig and wow!!! Flavor exposition!!!
The nose was the most disappointing factor, you got the amazing attributes of Christmas cheer, but not much of a malty twist in there. Without the cheese there was a sweet malty flavor at the front that came with the orange crush in the middle and closed with a complex bitter note, which I am guessing is the nutmeg and orange mixing together.
When you add the cheese, the strong bitter note vanishes and the roasty and nutty flavors from the amazing malts come to life. The carbonation holds the Christmas spirit of nutmeg and helps you appreciate the deep complexity of the cheese itself. FOR SURE TO BE SERVED WITH A RICH DISH... And I rated it that way too...
andrewje41 (667) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - DEC 3, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft pour at Frankies. Pours a swirl of golden caramel colors with a spice forward, hoppy aroma. Sweet caramel flavor with a touch of hoppyness. Didnít really pick up the holiday spices right away, but eventually they made a difference. Mild gingerbread finish. I liked this beer. Flavor was really nice, but not as full as I hoped. Could have been a little more bold. Good stuff.
Ferris (5002) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 18, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - Malts and a muddle of spices. Cloudy brown copper with a decent beige head. Caramel malts and cardamom with some clove. Malty and spicy, but nothing remarkable.
slowrunner77 (6090) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 22, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"Well balanced beer. Caramel, butterscotch, light hops, fruit and spices...no alcohol showing. Maybe a hint of brown sugar? Pretty easy drinking ale, but with enough going on to hold your interest."
mikedR (1346) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Overall quite good. Expected Christmas spice is definitely there. I wouldnít mind some deeper, more flavorful malt notes, however.
BVukelich (37) - Algona, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into pint glass from bomber. Ruby-copper in color. Thick, tan head. Leaves incredible lace that trails slowly down the glass. It notes 4 spice ingredients but IMHO it was tough to pick up on any. Initial aroma was yeasty and hoppy. As I let the pint warm, I think I was getting more of the orange peel but still failed to pick up the other three. Piney hop flavor that registered a bit more bitter than the indicated 32 IBUs. Mouthfeel was average. Didnít really scream "holiday ale" for me.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber pours a hazy dark orange color with a thick off white head that leaves good lacing. Smells of citrus, caramel and spices. Tastes of all the same things in the smell with a good hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with good carbonation and a semi dry finish. Pretty good sessionable winter seasonal. Nice use of the orange Peel and spices and a good hop presence. Solid winter seasonal overall.
alcaponejunior (438) - Texas, USA - SEP 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not especially stunning in the glass, orange and hazy with a fairly small head and not a lot of lace.
Aroma and flavor have a good mix of spices, pumpkiny notes, hoppiness (mainly floral), and a very ample and tasty malt backbone. While many winter warmers tend to be too high on the ABV and/or spices, this one certainly isnít. I rather enjoyed it, in fact.
Body was medium and carbonation was slightly on the low side but still within reasonable limits for the style. Actually, the one thing that stands out is that itís a bit pumpkin-esque for a winter warmer, but hey, when in Rome....
BelgianBeerGal (3243) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAY 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Traded bottle of unknown origin or date. Pretty interesting aroma that reminds me of a hot, spiced fruit punch. Light flavor but I like that it stayed somewhat fruity but brought in the hops too. I do like that it is sessionable too. Good.
TimsRatings (421) - - MAR 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from season-end clearance rack.
Would probably be better appreciated by those who are fans of spices or holiday beers. Very noticeable cinnamon...Very noticeable. Too noticeable.
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