Phatz (225) - Paradise, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours with a thick feel. Very little carbonation. A brown amber color, maybe dark copper. Small (less than) a one finger head.
Smell: The aroma is subtle but thick and musky in character. Full of spices and sweet malt aroma. Cinnamon, cloves, ginger and orange.
Taste: Instantly I am smacked with a sweet malt taste. It is quite gentle on the palate. Through the middle the taste grows in depth including nice cranberry and caramel notes along with cinnamon and other spices. There is a subtle hint of something dark maybe roasted chocolate buried deep in the flavor. Finally, there is just a tad bit of alcohol showing through that is nice and warming. This is a very ínice-and-easyí beer. It is so inoffensive that I believe it would agree with most peopleís palate. It has a very mildly hopped dry aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium mouthfeel is a bit syrupy and nicely carbonated, making it crisp and refreshing.
Drinkability: This is an incredibly drinkable beer. It has just enough flavor to be interesting a not too much extreme characteristics that it is still totally agreeable. It is a good holiday beer, suitable for either dinner or a party beer. I could easy put down a number of these (with much pleasure).
Hope this is helpful.
mstrcrwly (558) - New York, USA - APR 4, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
had this years ago as part of a mixed beer pack someone gave me..donít really remember the taste so iíll assume itís middle of the road.
schlitzfaced (78) - Ohio, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pint glass. Pours a Deep brown amber with a big head that dissipates to a nice thin one. Aroma is toasted malts with a hint of chocolate. Taste is slightly sweet.
robobeerbelly (73) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
very different beer than iím used to. Iíd have to say i pick up a taste of ginger in it. good flavor overall but just...different. Its a good one to try but i donít know that iíd buy it again.
J_man (776) - 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 (230) - 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 (78) - 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 (2501) - 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 (674) - 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 (131) - 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 (181) - 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.