hman43 (340) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malt dominates the initiate aroma with spices and bread. It is dark amber with a light tan head. A pleasant taste of caramel and roasted malts mixed with other spices and chocolate. It is smooth with a small bitter bite.
Luvystypotables (667) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much of an aroma dark amber colour, no head notice of a taste, slightly sour taste. Palate of malt and spice.
DrinkinWell (266) - - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber brown with white head. Spiced aromas. Tastes of roasted malts, sweet citrus, and cinnamon. Decent winter seasonal.
kidobutai (366) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank this last year and wasnít a fan, but in the intervening 12 months Iíve consumed quite a bit of different beers, and my tastes have changed, so I was excited to try this again. Sure enough, I enjoyed it much more -- sure, thereís still the bitterness that turned me off last year, but it isnít overpowering, and the tastes of roasted caramel and cinnamon (stronger than any chocolate I can discern) makes it a fairly complex and tasty selection. Also, it has good lacing and is creamy in texture, although there is a bit of a film on the tongue afterwards. Still, a good beer. Glad I didnít rate it last year.
trapped (784) - New York City, TURKEY - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber brown with spongy beige large head, spicy aroma (cinnamon-nutmeg), slightly bitter roasted malt taste. fizzy, longish finish with bitter aftertaste. Better than average winter beer.
Wittales (635) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was reddish brown with diminishing creamy tan 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are spices, roasted caramel malts and deep fruits. Taste are cherry, ginger, cinnamon, date, slight roasted toffee, pale, amber malts. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with light-medium body, average length soft spicey amber-like sweet finish. A easy smooth brew, can knock down a few. Better as it warms up.
Dal9000 (185) - Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark and tastes chocolate and malt. One is good , two would be too many.
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Frahmo (292) - Idaho, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown pour with a thick 2 finger tan head. Malty goodness with a sweet caramel back drop. Hints of various holiday spices detected in this guy. Very smooth and tasty. Great beer, I look forward to seeing 6 or 12 packs of this guy.
pdx77 (1370) - 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 (72) - 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. Iíd buy a six pack if I saw it (from the Sam Adams Holiday Classics).