TheCrowsNest (76) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - APR 2, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark brown, small beige head. Aromas of spice and dark stone fruit. Flavors of light anise contribute to a slightly bitter finish. Overall it's a little thin.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
J_man (738) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 27, 2015
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Roasted malt, wood and baking spices in the aroma. The crystal clear mahogany color of this beer is one of the most beautiful Iíve ever seen and itís topped with a thin ring of light tan bubbles. The roasted malt comes through immediately along with a nice milk and light dark chocolate flavor. Cinnamon and ginger spices show up and are perfectly balanced with the chocolate and slightly dry/sour woodiness. Thereís an earthiness and almost mushroomy like quality that emerges mid-sip that balances what sweetness is present and enhances it. With all this going on, the body is dead centered between creamy and light bodied with a bit of both at different times. Finishes with light chocolate and wood with a bit of dry char that lingers like smoke. I hadnít had this beer in a few years and I was surprised that I hadnít rated it yet, so I wondered if Iíd still like it as much as I remember. This proved an emphatic "yes" and reminded me of what an excellent Christmas/winter brew this is.
AdamT (201) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle out of Holiday Pack from Food Lion. Reddish-brown hue with mostly diminishing light brown fizzy head. Good lacing. Dark malt, chocolate, orange citrus hop, spice and sweet floral aromas. Malt taste up front with a strange orange citrus hop and spice finish. When it warmed it had almost a peachy finish. Fizzy carbonation on the palate.
madnorwegian (66) - FRANCE - DEC 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ok, but too malty and not balanced enough with hops for my taste. A touch too sweet...
wedgie9 (2234) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 12/6/14 on draft at the 12 South Winter Warmer 2014. Pours clear, deep burnt orange with a thick beige head that slowly recedes to average lace. The nose is burnt toffee bitterness, caramel, light chocolate, and some baking spice. The flavor is the same toffee and caramel up front, moving to the more pronounced bitterness, along with even more baking spice than on the nose. The body is medium with lively carbonation and a long bitter burnt toffee and baking spice finish.
UXO (472) - CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear deep amber with a short, short-lived light tan head, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is bready malt, holiday spices, some roasty notes. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, and an off-dry bitter finish. (3/5)
Starts off a bit on the sweet side, but the malt kind of dies halfway through and leavesÖ well... not a lot backing it up. Spices are reasonably restrained, though, and itís fairly drinkable. Serviceable but nothing too special. (12/20)
steve1966 (121) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Canít believe I havenít rated this. My holiday go to brew. Not overdone well balanced and you know what you are getting. Great lacing minimal head. Cinnamon ginger and toffee well done.
AAEA (162) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 Fl OZ ($1.75) this was okay, nothing special. Came in a box set (winter) not my favorite box set they do.
rjmc64 (24) - Deer Park, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Amber with red highlights. 2 finger head that hangs around. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is first malty... especially caramel. Finished with Christmas spices.
TheBeerbarian_ (7) - - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just might be the best brew Sam Adams has to offer, i just wish they sold emí in sixers and twelves :(
gripweed57 (793) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Copper brown color topped by a thick creamy beige head. Rich malty nose redolent of toffee and cinnamon. Smooth toasted malt flavor upfront. Spices come in but are not overpowering. Hints of orange peel and ginger blend nicely with the caramel malt notes. Very well done.