fasteddieIX (55) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 24, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is one of the better winter beers I've had. Aromas of fruits and nuts; flavorwise, spices are very apparent, but balance out nicely to leave a nice not-too-bitter and crisp finish
BigNasty (55) - South Lyon, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nicely, medium head with relatively short half-life. Fairly non-dememo aroma, but then again, it was served refrigerated, not @ cellar temp. Took me 2 bottles (on separate days) to pick out the cinnamon spice flavor. Not bad, but not great. Purchased as part of the winter specialy case, which would have been better off minus the 4 bottles of Boston Ale and plus 2 more bottles each of this and Old Fezziwig.
Kshlava (55) - - NOV 23, 2012
2.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloves, honey, and nutmeg. Dark amber in color with a small head. A little on the carbonated side.
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triplehopped (54) - - JAN 7, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, almost brown, amber with a small tan head, modest lacing. Aroma is of caramel malt, slight floral notes, and spice. Medium to heavy in sweetness, moderately bitter. Medium body with lively carbonation, slightly oily in texture finishing with lingering bitterness. Overall, pleasant in flavor and feel; a satisfying brew.
steinar (54) - rvk, ICELAND - DEC 25, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown and cloudy with a decent head. Aroma is not very strong with traces of roasted malt and some hoppyness. Taste is of more medium then low bitterness which dissipates quickly. Itís spicy with a cent of caramel, roasted malt and buiscuits and hints of coffee with some noticable hoppyness. Palate is light bodied with medium-light carbonation and runs down smoothly. Overall a very decent Weizen bock (dark lager)
newtrip (54) - USA - OCT 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not much of a head at all when I poured it. Very nice amber brown color. Smells of spices. After a few drinks and smelling it again I get a nice cinnamon-roll smell which is very appetizing. Flavor is slightly citrus, sweet, and spicy, perhaps a hint of clove. Body is full. Finish is smooth and slightly dry and leaves an aftertaste that hangs around for a while. This is a pretty good beer.
alecanaya (53) - Iowa, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
In the realm of lagers, a good one. As an overall beer not my all-time favorite, although itís not bad either. Nice taste and color, and definetely maybe Iíll drink it again sometime soon
tinydancer (52) - Gibsonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 22, 2005 The maly flavor is nice at first taste, but the beer goes nowhere from there. It is not offensive, but that is because it takes no risks. No hops to speak of. Looks great, like a great dark glass of North Carolina sweet tea. Too weak!. Sorry, nothing too patriotic about ole Sammy boy tonight.
RJBennett (52) - Hibbing, Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
caramel, herbs, brown, red, clear, white foam, medium sweetness, lightly bitter, lightly sour, medium body, sticky, average carbonation,
soulgrowl (52) - Kitakyushu-shi, JAPAN - MAY 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: Caramel malts, diacetyl, apple jelly, sugar, and citric hops.
Appearance: Bold, brick red-orange with just barely off-white head; compliments the Christmas tree well.
Flavor: A smooth caramel malt base balanced with woody/resiny hops. The bottle claims that this beer has been brewed with "winter spices," but I honestly cannot taste them at all, except perhaps for an EXTREMELY understated nutmeg character. Tangy yeast adds an interesting edge, but otherwise this is more or less just an average red lager.
Palate: Smooth and clean; flavorful without being aggressive or overpowering. I think this will go well with my Christmas dinner.
Overall: Very drinkable, but I long for something with a bit more presence.