ansermadide (1408) - Kyle, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The best thing about this beer is its color. This is probably one of the best-looking ambers I can recall, with a deep, deep amber red color and an off-white head. Although the aroma is completely dominated by spices (specifically cardamom and cinnamon), it actually smells a little like itís supposed to be that spiced, more like a food than a beer, with a meaty nose that seems slightly bready.
Where the beer takes a turn for the worse, in my snobby opinion, is in the flavor. Straight up, itís way too spiced for such a light malt presence. For a beer to handle this much spice, it needs to be heavily roasted and dense. Although there is a somewhat bready flavor to the beer, thereís nothing bready about the mouth feel.
If you can ignore the spices, it tastes like a cross between an amber and a thin-bodied brown ale with minimal roast, but then the spices come up in your face... well, from the start itís more of a fresh cardamom and cinnamon (mostly the latter), then you get a touch of the malts and residual sugars, but then youíre slammed in the face with so fresh of a spice presence that itís like sucking on a fresh cardamom seed covered in straight cinnamon. Nothing to counter-balance its intensity. Cinnamon up front, cardamom in the back... itís not that easy to finish a glass of this.
This reminds me of my first attempt at spicing a homebrew. Since then, Iíve learned to use (at most) half of the amount of spices I used then. Iím surprised that Rogness hasnít figured that out by now. You can get all the characteristics you want without sacrificing comfort.
Wordsworth (120) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark creamy color with a thick brown head. Heavy lacing. You can really smell the chai. Tastes of spicy malts, cocoa, and a long yet smooth hoppy finish. Tasty
blutt59 (5877) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, dark amber pour with creamy tan foam. Aroma and flavor of overwhelming clove and spices. some chocolate
5000 (5606) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle:   Deep amber, reddish hue, thin sudsy off-white head, little lacing.   Assertive spicy nose, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, cardamon, ginger, just about the entire kitchen sink.   Smells like somewhat like a Pumpkin Ale, yet slightly different.   Certainly spicy on the tongue, but its mish-mash.   Not as sweet as suggested.   Drier, more Clove than anything.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   By the finish a lot of the spices seem to be really diminished.   Smells better than it comes across.   Just too much I think... more body, more sweetness, and less spice confusion would do this one some good.
Sledutah (3624) - Utah, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Clear amber with a mediums sized off-white head
Aroma and flavors of Chai, spices and cinnamon, cold tea
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lets see what kind of state of mind and wine tannins we can squeeze out of this deep brown filtered brew with a pittance of a white head. The aroma is loader wih nutmeg and Ginger. No, not her, the root. It tastes like a straight dope Ginger snap with all its breadiness. LOL. 9 trizíat yo! Itís got a creamy backend to compliment all that cinnamony Ginger cookiness. Sheez, just give me a coookie already!
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - SEP 5, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Nose is full of the expected spice, dominated by cinnamon and cardamom, with a light sweetness. Deep amber with light head. The spice is definitely upfront but restrained enough so as not to be overpowering. Iím not personally a huge fan of chai spices, but this is clearly a well-brewed beer.
colinize (317) - Dallas, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow, talk about an aroma! Brown sugar, spice. Sweet but not cloyingly so. Kind of spicy. Not my normal thing, but quite good.
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jhamp9 (879) - Corinth, Texas, USA - AUG 12, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Cola colored pour with a khaki head. Aroma is tea, cinnamon, and ginger but a bit odd. Taste is tea, ginger, clove, and cinnamon. Taste is better than the aroma.
GODiSSOUTHERN (323) - Virginia, USA - AUG 10, 2012
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
This beer pours a beautiful deep reddish brown and definitely has a bold spice aroma. From there it goes a bit down hill. Very strong cardamom presence and maybe a bit of some of the other spices in the back but also a minty menthol presence that doesnít play well with the other flavors.