pdx77 (945) - Oregon, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From bottle. Dark copper color. Aroma is malt and orange peel. Taste is lightly spiced malt, tart orange peel, and a touch of bitter. Smooth sweet finish, with a light spice aftertaste.
ESPh (41) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice dark ale with good head. Sweet malt/spice aroma. Tastes sweet, medium body, medium carbonation. I’d buy a six pack if I saw it (from the Sam Adams Holiday Classics).
chucklemation (283) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color with a little bit of a white head. Has some small hints of spice aroma. I like that the spices don’t overpower, like many other ales that use cinnamon and ginger. Has a medium body feel. Decent overall.
Kinz (3159) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Surprised I hadn’t rated this - I’ve had it before - it is now just obvious that it has been over a decade since I tried it. Poured a dark brown, decent head. Darker than my memory. Aroma was chocolate and toffee, bit of a nutmeg note. Flavor was surprisingly chocolatey, notes of toffee, and then some slight seasonal spicing on the finish that was well balanced with the rest of the beer. Not even remotely as spicy as I remembered, and also much fuller in malt flavor than I remember. Either this was tweaked, or my memory sucks, or my palate has changed, or all of these combined. Not bad.
monk191 (695) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A good beer, overflowing with cinnamon. Pours a nice carbonated purple with a grey head. Smells of cinnamon and citrus. Taste is all cinnamon, to the point of being a bit overwhelming, like if you simply sniff the powder. Had in the bottle.
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JayTeeSupreme (12) - - DEC 20, 2013
2.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured with little head to speak of, dark mahogany tone with light carbonation. Not much smell to speak of, however the smell that is there is yeast with some spices and a orange overtone. Threading is there but not particularly long lasting, seems to be of a thinner viscosity than would be expected of a "winter style" beer.
Taste is first all spices (orange,ginger,cinammon and woody notes), with a doughy yeast to top it off, by the end a sweet almost sugary taste ends it out. Overall, I would say it attempts to do to much and becomes overly complicated and is much thinner in the palate than you would expect. As most people said, its not a good beer but it is enjoyable if only as a holiday gimmick. Though I doubt I will go out of my way to drink this beer again.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark mahogany pour with plenty of ruby highlights under an off-white head.
Light spice aroma.
The flavor is lightly sweet with some dryness in the finish. Not much else sadly.
i was expecting much much more.
GoaT2002 (3) - Peoria, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Not something I feel compelled to buy but always enjoy it when I have one. I’m glad they include it in the variety pack.
bavarian81 (42) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance is quite dark. Darker than their boston lager but not quite as dark as, say, a stout or a porter. Smells of roasted malt. I also want to say there’s a a whiff of toffee? Body is smoothe. Taste has a mild bitterness. Taste is mostly indistinct spices and hops.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12/16/13 Weak scent of orange and spice. Beautiful rich appearance of a dark brown chocolate. Thinner feel than expected. Spice fronted taste to a fruity note and a nutty caramel finish. Not a bad flavor.
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