pivnizub (8576) - Bochum, PorķřŪ, GERMANY - JUL 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: almost clear, copper coloured, visible carbonation, medium-sized persistent white head spicy (X-mas) nose: cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg; robust sweet-bitter flavour, medium bodied; warming spicy/orangey bitter-sweet finish with a following light tartness. A powerful winter brew.........
FatPhil (8564) - Tallinn, ESTONIA - APR 25, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 26, 2009 500ml bottle (Gallows Bird, Espoo)
Rich reddy brown, small head. Very sweet spicy aroma. Succulent palate, carbonation restrained. Full bodied flavour, cake and winter spices - ginger and cinnamon. Finish continues that theme. Perhaps a little over-spiced, but not so much as to make it a gimmick. Absolutely delicious, and want again.
leaparsons (7794) - Leicester, Leicestershire, ENGLAND - JAN 7, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A herbal/earthy flavoured beer with medicinal notes (not unpleasant, mind). Touches of licourice, too. Ends with a dry, smokey peat finish. Worth a go.
JorisPPattyn (7716) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - FEB 3, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Good, dense cream-coloured and long lasting head, lace included, over quite carbonated red-foxy beer with some UFOís. Vegetable, garden herbs, sourish to nearly astringent nose. Further spices, the only identifyable being clove. Berries (currants,quetches, mirabelles,...) too. Fruity and very spicey flavours. The clove is too powerful, too imposing, and not natural as a Weizenyeast would yield. Certain soapy flavour as well, seems amalgamated by the fruit and spices. Dry finish indeed, nearly tart. A bit oily texture, medium to well-bodied, some astringency all the same. I donít know about this Mary, but my marie, sorry, Lut, nearly spat it out. Canít say Iím over the moon either.
DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 1, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Super Saver. This one poured ruby coppery with medium off-white head. Aromas of caramel malts, hops, red fruits, and spices. The palate was complex, giving flavors of fruit, hops, tart citrus, and some spices. It stayed fruity and hoppy throughout, with more apparent spice obvertones as it warmed. I found this one to be outstanding, and Iíll be picking up more next week.
Rune (7348) - TromsÝ, NORWAY - SEP 3, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
500ml, bottle conditioned. Frothy, off-white foamy head with good retention and nice lacing. Orange coloured body. Fresh smell of spicy fruits. Cloves, coriander and dried fruits in flavour in danger of being overrun by ginger. Unusual, but OK (Hotel room in Earls Court, 10.08.2008).
MesandSim (7119) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUN 14, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A Sim rate (50cl bottle from a Waitrose 3 pack): Great spicy aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, slightly herbacious (sage?) and with a swish - something more alcoholic, like a port. Flavour is a slightly dulled down version of the aroma with the addition of orange and clove. Nice murky amber colour with a well kept head. Short spicy citric finish.
jtclockwork (7107) - , New Jersey, USA - MAY 9, 2010
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Interesting ale smells like peppermint. Taste has a syrupy texture to it, but very pleasant. Rated 2/3/03
Fin (7013) - Merton, Oxfordshire, England, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - FEB 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle passed onto me by Glen, cheers mate! Poured Orange amber with white head, some sweetness and also sharpness are immediately apparent. Good bitterness, rich full flavour, good spiciness, aroma like clove spiked orangeís with some chinese five spice there as well. Preferred this to the Firebox!
DruncanVeasey (6950) - NUNEATON, Top 24, Warwickshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Murky brown swirling pour with a short-lived head. Faint gingery spice in the snout with a dusting of cinnamon, vinegar and urine. Robust (US?) hopping for once standing up to the mulled spiciness of a festive ale. Grapefruit tang and sourish fruit giving way to a firmly bitter hop finish. A peppery nip of ginger. Mulled but hoppy, characterful ale. And nothing like the Firebox whatsoever.