drpimento (2030) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2011
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Best part was the smell. Poured with a small to medium sized, fine, off white that settled down to a ring after a bit and no lace. Color is a hazy pumpkin pie amber (which is a nice coincidence the same spices used to brew with) with some bubble trails. Aroma is mainly those spices, beer, and later a little funk. Flavor is likewise, but without much malt to balance, which also proly leads to my view that the body is a bit light too although good carbonation. Finish is like flavor and of average length for a spice beer. Iím not finishing mine. Wish I had some cheese or something to neutralize my mouth.
Nickls (1708) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Light clear orange with a white head. Ginger, all-spice, and cinammon in the aroma. Makes me think of some pumpkin-spice brews in the flavor with some graham cracker, spice, zest, and some nutmeg. Thinner body is a bit of a turnoff. Not bad, but not great.
robgibbens (370) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a medium amber color, more like a dark brown-gold. There is a spicy aroma coupled with fruity malt. You may also get a whiff of pumpkin pie when the beer has a chance to breath.
The beer is light in the mouth and has a spiced flavor. This is what I am looking for when enjoying my Christmas tunes, some spiced beer! It is not an overpowering flavor, but plays on the tongue for a moment before fading away. The beer is refreshing and definitely not heavy.
JDBaker11058 (1067) - Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: like couldy melted butter; head is creamy, eggshell white with lingering lace. Aroma: honey, citrus, white grapes, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and molasses. Taste: very sweet--notes of honey, cinnamon and clove, with a hint of lime and candied, dried fruits; underlying all of it is a rich sweet malted grain flavor. Finish: lingering sweet tarts candy and warm spices, with a hint of toasted nuts. Notes: Very nice. Definitely a winter sipper, with a very nice creamy smooth palate. Tasted like liquid pannetone. Fittingly, had it during the first snow.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good winter ale. Light cinnamon and orange spice. Well balanced and not overly sweet. Medium bodied and malty. Light carbonation.
tmoreau (1918) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle poured to a 1/2 pint glass, maybe sampled down the road from itís prime, but worth a try. Presented a hazed, orange/amber hue, with an average amount of off white, bubbly head foam that left some clingy, ribbons and spots. The aroma was mid-fruit, light sweet bread, a hint of caramel, and an array of spices as all of the pumpkin ale spices, plus hints of coriander and allspice. The flavor was a pleasant, more subdued commingling of the spices and a fairly good balance of light hop bitterness and malt, in a lighter than medium body. Not bad, considering the length of cellar time.
jgb9348 (4285) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy amber coloured body with a light copper/orangish glow and a thin off-white head. Aroma of spices, nutmeg, malt, nuts, coriander seed, meat and mushrooms and a touch of caramel. Medium-bodied; Assertive spicey flavour with some peat and metal in front of a malty and caramel finish - not much else. Aftertaste shows some spices, nuts and a rather lightish alcohol bite. Overall, a decent beer - the spices kind of work with a lighter beer, but not all the way - need more of a complex profile to pull this off. Decent, but definitely not my favourite winter beer. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in McLean, Virginia on 15-April-2010 sampled at home in Washington on 2-May-2010.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - MAR 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a slightly brown golden with a thin white head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Flavor is sweet, clove, cinnamon, and a bit of bitterness toward the finish.
nuplastikk (3825) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Hazy orange-amber color, nice frothy head. Big cinnamon-clove aroma. Pretty interesting in that it blends the think spiciness with a lighter, sessionable malt body. Not at all unlike a pumpkin beer, this is unapologetic in itís overboard spicing. I can appreciate a unique winter beer, and this is certainly unique. Captures an almost creamy Belgian Golden Ale combined with the spicy characteristics of an American Pumpkin Ale. OK.
Finhead (1036) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A cloudy reddish-orange pour with a small white head. The aroma is spicy with ginger, clove, and banana. The taste is mixture of light sweet and sour with dry, funky aftertaste.