mikemccarthy (91) - Huntington, West Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light, translucent amber with a thick, white head that stays. Light aroma with little of note. Slightly effervescent mouthfeel. Mild, only slightly bitter flavor (especially light considering the claimed American Pale Ale style), with heavy spice notes. A rather odd combination.
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aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - MAY 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark and tasty. Wonderful when its cold out. smells like a lot of malts and has that classic taste.
hershiser2 (1492) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours brownish amber, no head. Smells of honey and spice. Taste is honey/ginger.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - FEB 16, 2015
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. I swear to God, this beer smelled like ketchup. I thought I was crazy until my wife, who was also sampling it, said "Does this smell like ketchup to you?" Fortunately, things got better after that - some decent spice in the flavor. A fairly standard winter ale, but certainly nothing to write home about.
climberbob (305) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Sweet aroma. First taste is of candy and spice. No head to speak of. Average beer. Not something I will go back to.
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snoworsummer (3496) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Jojo’s. Pours clear amber/copper with a creamy off white head and lots of lacing. Tastes like herbs, spices, Brady malt, lemony citrus. Light/medium body and low carbonation. Smells like herbs, citrus, bready.
johnbion22 (2) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - DEC 31, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tapped a sixtel for the "pale" tap in the kegerator. Thought this would be a good choice for the holidays to share with friends and family.
Pours nice in the glass. Good, not great lacing. Very clean, mildly spiced aroma; pleasing. Also clean palate. Finish is appropriately nice as well.
This is a good winter ale.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy medium orange with a small half finger white head. Poor lacing and not really any head retention.
Aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, and apples. Almost cider-like.
The flavor is quite heavy with the spice as well, a bit too much i’m afraid, but it isn’t completely awful. Loads of cinnamon and allspice with more of that spiced cider quality. Somewhat of a chalky mouthfeel with a mild bitterness to wrap things up.
Overall, a pretty standard winter warmer that could use a bit of cleaning up. It is totally drinkable, though, even if it is a bit rough around the edges.
jsmerig (1363) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a clear reddish gold. The aroma is spicy. The taste is cinnamon and cherries. Like a less robust version of mad elf.
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Erzengel (5800) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - MAR 13, 2014
1.4 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
The beer is amber colour and hazy in the glass. The nose is honey-spicy with hints of nutmeg. The beer starts highly carbonated and slightly sour. Has it turned? Winter is just over… but after three month? Sadly no best-before date on the bottle - so I have to guess that it has to taste like this! (that’s one reason why I hate US-laws concerning beer - but it is the brewery’s fault this time!)- The mainpart stays slightly sour, nice spicy aroma there, maltiness, but I dislike the sourish taste! The aftertaste is smooth malty, spicy with sour fruity elements!
A brew which is too sour for what it wants to be! And - as there is no best-by date - I once again have to assume that the brewers want it to taste like this! --> 4/10/3/4
stevoj (3019) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 25, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Super fluffy, rocky head, on hazy orange/gold body. Mild sweet, spicy aroma, gingerbread, fruitcake, etc. Taste is more of the same with a lean towards the sweet side. Slippery mouthfeel. Getting too close to spring to enjoy this style.