mensch (242) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fifteen years ago, this was the most incredible beer. Either my tastes have gotten bigger since then, or this beer has gotten smaller. Nice holiday spice aroma - I get nutmug - clear brown color. Real middle-of-the-road brown ale under the fruitcake. Could use a lot more depth and strength.
arnold931 (180) - Iowa, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with thin cream colored head. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and maybe gingerbread. Overall sweet and wine flavored.
Lemke10 (682) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 31, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
<REVIEW FROM PREVIOUS NOTES> I bought this in the Sam Adams 12pk Winter Collection variety pack for about $13 at Woodman’s in Janesville, WI in mid Fall 2010.
Pours a dark brown with decent long lasting head. Strong scent of sweet malts and cocoa. Heavy taste that is smooth and slightly creamy. A touch of spice thrown in for the mix. A very nice winter. A must try!
altonbrownd (4613) - Brussels, BELGIUM - MAR 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Bob & Bob’s. Dark amber body with slight head. Nose is spicy, malts, cinnamon. Taste is caramel, spices, malts. Quite spicy. Went well with the fajitas.
Nekronos (3603) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Quite interesting this one was. Some strong taste and smooth unfiltered features. Nice to drink it.
decaturstevo (4665) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown pour with tan head. Aroma is light sour malt and some toastiness. Flavor is sweet caramel malt and a strong dose of perfumy spiciness. Medium bodied and fizzy. Not one of my favorites but ok
SpongeRuiner (568) - Michigan, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much on the smell. Taste is also very faint. Some slight toffee flavors. And some caramel creaminess. Any flavor is gone quickly though.
ZacM612 (39) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly reddish brown with thin head. Caramel and spice aroma. Flavors of caramel, chocolate, and spices. Pretty good.
beaz1591 (237) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lager glass. Nice looking beer with a creamy looking head. Malty tasting, bits of spices and a hint of some kind of fruit. Pretty good beer.
Salamiwami (50) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark reddish brown color with a good amount of head. Spicy Christmas-like aroma. Not as much spice flavor as expected but it still has a nice malty finish. Lighter beer than I’d want but quite drinkable.
HuskerTan (343) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A- Cinnamon, spices, roasty.
A- Dark amber color, dark liquid, minimal head.
T- Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, spices.
P- Medium body, average texture, medium carbonation, spiced finish.
O- Didn’t detect any of the toffee, caramel or chocolate notes, but there was an abundance of spices, especially cinnamon. This beer is a nice winter staple, and a fairly complex one at that.