afireinside96 (923) - Mountville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 16, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours cloudy amber, some sediment, topped by a disappearing head. Smells of cinnamon, ginger, and a hint of sour peach. Smelling it got me excited to drink but the flavor just isn’t there. Light spices and a touch of maltiness. Smooth palate, medium-low carbonation. If the flavor matched the smell it would have been decent but it was a big let down.
mwelsh13 (499) - Maryland, USA - JUN 4, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Medium golden pour with a quickly fading head. Nice spiced aroma, but unfortunately I cannot differentiate this one. Very light body flavor with sweet honey flavors that dominate. A quick fading spiced flavor.
baraciisch (2062) - California, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange in color... Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon... Flavor is of caramel, nutmeg, spices, cinnamon.... Leaves a crisp flavor on the palate... Really nice winter brew if you are in the mood...
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 21, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Nice beer. Great spiced beer. The spices enhanced, but didn’t overpower the beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a slightly hazy, orangey copper with a small to average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair to good lacing. The aroma was coriander, ginger, nutmeg, slight cinnamon, and both orange peel and orange. The initial flavor was sweet and sour; while the finish was sweet and spicy with an average duration. It was nice but slightly watery. There was orange peel, ginger, cinnamon, slight caramel, orange and maybe some coriander. The medium body was lightly syrupy then a little dry with lightly fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly chalky if anything finish.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - MAY 10, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of hopscotch. Pours mahogany with a thin white head. Smells of honey, ginger, spice, caramel. Tastes spicy and peppery with an earthy finish.
argo0 (11722) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 7, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle) Small off-white head atop murky amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, ginger, some cinnamon, orange. Taste is moderately sweet, ginger, cookie, some bread, light cinnamon, raisin. Watery light-medium body.
TheBeerGod (5366) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber. Short bubbly white head that gathers around the edges on the glass. Aroma is very spicy! Lots of cinnamon, ginger (like a gingerbread man), and clove along with caramel and sweet malts. Taste is gingerbread cookies, caramel, cinnamon toast, and sweet malts. Bit of nuttiness and dried fruit notes coming through as well. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Finishes with more strong spices - cinnamon and ginger, mostly - caramel, light nutty flavors, and sweet malts. Dried dark fruit as well.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - APR 2, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: March 02, 2009
Appearance: hazy light gold, fine off white head, scattered drippy lace
Aroma: sweet and spicy caramel malt aroma, caramel candy and cinnamon
Flavor: sweet cinamon flavor, sweet caramel candy spiced with lots of cinamon, light bitterness from the spicyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
hopscotch (9730) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 9, 2009
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle… Hazy, amber ale with a small, flimsy, white head. The aroma is all about gingerbread. Medium-bodied with prickly carbonation. Leans a touch on the sweet side of balance. Subtle, spicy flavor of ginger and praline. Lightly acidic. Short, crisp, clean finish. Bottle courtesy of growler!
notalush (5070) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAR 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy straw color, with a soapy film of a head - aroma of honey, nutmeg, moderate hops, some wildflower-like character - I was a little confused by the commercial description, but this really does taste like they spiced up a pale ale, and somehow it kind of works - things open with ginger, nutmeg, and other warming wintery spices, as well as sweet honey - their potency fades fast, though, and a moderate hop profile and some bready flavors show up behind them - a little bit of honey and warmth returns in the finish - I’m not quite sure why it works, but this is a pretty good beer.