chandler0201 (638) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Light brown/rust color at pour. Large head with some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, hint of citrus. Flavor was very thin and watery, dominated by cinnamon. Bottle described orange peel and coriander in the recipe, but I barely tasted any of it. Thin flavor makes this a very middling example of this style.
BVukelich (36) - 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. Didn’t really scream "holiday ale" for me.
trujahwarrior (461) - 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 isn’t. 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 it’s a bit pumpkin-esque for a winter warmer, but hey, when in Rome....
BelgianBeerGal (2965) - Dayton Area, Ohio, 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 (344) - - 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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nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Unfiltered orange-tan. Nice head. Kinda odd buttery aroma. Drinkable, but faded, shows some age. Honey-orange aroma. Nice beer, Not even close to World Class, though presumably spoiled.
Thisis12ptfont (748) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautiful aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, dough and oats. Crimson in color with an orange tint. Pleasant flavors of gingerbread, nutmeg, coriander and dough. Lingering hops on the finish. Overall, I actually enjoy this. It’s got some very pleasing ginger and nutmeg overtones that work really well with the other flavors in the beer. I’d give this a B+ rating.
boxofrane (1846) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Total Wine in Claymont. Pours fairly clear copper with a medium sized off white head that quickly dissipates. The aroma is fairly simple with a little cinnamon, a little nutmeg.. but not too interesting. The taste is cinnamon forward with a funky aftertaste.. not enjoyable.
baraciisch (1505) - USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Reddish orange in color... Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and winter spices... Flavor is pumpkin pie filling, without the pumpkin... Really finally a good representation of a nice winter beer... Well done... Definitely strictly a seasonal and probably more autumn than winter.. Nice
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chinchill (1263) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle with 5.5% ABV listed, served in a De Koninck snifter. Pours clear; iced tea color with a moderate size, sudsy tan head. Modest retention but decent lacing gets left on the glass. The aroma is.nice mix of ’winter spices’ and medium malt., but the spicing [especially nutmeg] seems a little bit excessive in the flavor. Some spiciness, however, is coming from the hops. Nonetheless, the hops, let alone the malts, are hard to detect over the spices. Medium body; with medium carbonation.
O: This winter ale is not alone in being over-spiced; still, this lends a clear ’holiday’ aspects to this ale.