beer_rookie (261) - USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear ruby color. About two fingers tan color head. Okay retention, pretty good lacing.
Aroma is very malty, and sweet I smell some chocolate, and also light orange peel. Not really picking up a lot of the spices the label speaks of.
Taste is quite malty and sweet. Pretty chocolatey. Again slight orange flavor. Slightly bitter finish. I also taste a tang of alcohol at the very end. I have to search pretty hard, but I can pick up some cloves.
Mouthfeel is medium to medium full body. Sweet, but it’s surprisingly bitter. It’s drinkable, and sessionable. I’d say this is a good warming beer.
Overall, I like it. Not as good as I expected however. This makes a good winter offering from Sam Adams. I would probably suggest it. But I also think that if these were in my sampler pack, then they would probably be the first ones I would give away.
ozzy70 (347) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with foamy tan head. Aroma was chocolate malts, caramel and oranges. Maybe some cinnamon spice in there as well. Taste was mildly sweet with slight bitter finish. Not bad.
WABeerFiend (362) - - DEC 19, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Best by 05.2016. Drank from the bottle today. It has caramel, chocolate, slight cookie, and very slight orange aroma and flavor. Everything is muted. It’s a good grocery store beer, but nothing special.
Foxbush (1619) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle from Food Lion, Short Pump, VA The ale poured a clear brown-amber color with a small head that dissipated quickly. The ale’s aroma has light spices and caramel malt sweetness. The taste has more sweetness with some soft carbonation, ginger and tropical fruit. The ale has a light body. The ale finishes with some lingering spicy sweetness.
jcnielsen (2854) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown color with off white head. Spiced, malty, slight toffee aromas. Spice, malty, ginger flavors.
thepatrickman (227) - Durham, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 14, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From notes, 12/4/15. First impression was that this was a malt bomb with a curious bit of spice at the back. My second impression was that this was a big muddled pudding of spices and malt. Not overly bad, but it doesn’t stand out in the holiday crowd.
brian60625 (744) - Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2015
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled sometime in the last month or so. It has a dessert spice flavor, but it's tough to pin down any of the specific flavors they highlight in the deScription. Maybe nutmeg wins out as the primary flavor. Very drinkable and smooth. Nice dark brown appearance. No obvious aroma. A little forgettable. It's not bad as a part of a discount priced brewery-assembled mix twelver.
commonmac (819) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle shared by commonshawn. A copper color with a quarter finger head. Aroma has some decent spice and caramel characteristics. Taste doesn’t live up to the expectations brought about by the nose. Slight metallic quality. Muted flavor leaning on bready, malty notes. Kind of reminiscent of a soggy old biscuit. Not an enjoyable effort.
commonshawn (796) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2015
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12oz bottle with commonmac. Dark copper with off white head. Strong Christmas spice nose. Taste is worse than smell. Almost tastes off, some bitterness. Weird malt flavor. Not great.
tfontana (373) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2016 Bottle pour into pint glass. Aroma is mild caramel and bread with seasonal spice. Appearance is clear ruby red with nice sparkle, finger-width foamy off white head with fair persistence and trace lacing. Taste is moderately sweet with cinnamon and light orange. Palate is medium bodied with average texture and carbonation. Finish is light sweetness and seasonal spices. Overall, another fairly bland offering. Not bad but not much there there.