Merrill (78) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, whiskey color wiht near white head that lasts. Nutty, spicey aroma with banana, vanilla, - very appealing aroma. Malt, rye, cinnamon, coriander, possibly some nutmeg. Roasty flavor with generous mouth, but somewhat thin overall. Very nice balance which counteracts the tendency in this beer style to a cloying, bready buildup. I can’t usually drink more than one spiced beer, but this I can drink several.
fatguys (71) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle into pint glass. Pours a very dark ruby red with a hint of copper. The head is oddly perfectly white and relatively think for a Point brew. It sits well on this one. There’s a caramel-nutmeg-bourbon-like taste in this one that hits the tongue well in front but leaves little in the back. There’s not much depth, and it’s very thin, but it’s nice to see Point trying something a little more exotic.
Drake (7950) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 16, 2009
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a reddish copper color with a medium head. Average head retention and poor lacing. Aroma is candy banana, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is caramel, clove and cinnamon. Very thin bodied.
barleynhops (82) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 3, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle: Pours a dark amber with thin white head. Smells of malts, cinnamon, and cloves. Tastes of the same, but not so bitter. Other spices flow into the mix, like nutmeg and a hint of ginger. Goes well on a cold night, but hops should be added for a more unique taste.
GJF (1203) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 I found this surprisingly good for point. It has a nice sharp yeastiness to it with a bit of nuttiness and dark fruits. Thin for its flavor and style, still a decent effort here.
re-rating comment: first comments referred to tap. Just tried it in bottle and it’s not nearly as good (a bit cloying in the finish).
mcjay (463) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber color with a thin off white head. This brew has a nice balance with hint of cinnamon and a nice malty mouth feel. Not a bad winter warmer.
BustedFlat (554) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber in color. Lightly spiced and fruity aroma. Sweet at the start with notes of malt, caramel and a bit of cocoa. Hint of spice. Flavors are fairly subdued. Some bitterness creeps in after a few sips and becomes more pronounced by mid-glass.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured dark amber, almost brown with a decent off-white head. Some lacing. The aroma was malts, winter type spices like clove, ginger and cinnamon and some tart citrus. The flavor was more of the same. Clove and cinnamon over malt and thin hops. Mouthfeel was on the dry side. A pretty average winter warmer.
Hbuck72 (177) - Chickasha, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
nice color, not much head, smells of malts and spices. not much lacing on the glass, smooth on the palate
Very interesting flavor, but I had a hard time picking out distinct flavors other than malt, and maybe cinnamon notes.
Overall, I thought that this was a good winter ale
pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber color with virtually no head. Aroma of banana/bubble gum and brown sugar. Similar taste with a little bit of cinnamon and hops. Not a bad beer but it’s a little too sweet.