Caytinator (577) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAY 6, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can. Anise & clove aroma. Mahogany-copper color, medium head bubbles down, light lacing. Medium body, it is smooth at the beginning and and spicy in the aftertaste. Bitter, but very spicy, too, and a little sweet in the middle. Somewhat malty with dark fruit notes as well, plum. Nice beer, not too heavyhanded.
DrSilverworm (2726) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can thanks to MikedR. Clear but more dark red / brown color. Good thin khaki head. Good retention, and leaves a good row and spread of lace. Medium / bigger body. Lighter, smooth carbonation. More of a dry finish. Winter-spicy nose, bit of chocolate, some cherry. Light bitter, mostly bigger sweet taste, with big spiciness in the aftertaste, as well as some fruity winter berry flavors. Overall, respectably drinkable spice ale, with a nice nose.
Suttree (4452) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 18, 2013
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Murky brown, no head. My notes say it smells like anus. I think I meant anise, or licorice, but I think I’ll leave it. Just a big, overly spiced muddled mess. Clearly not my thing.
umich03jm (912) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from trade with a buddy in Arizona. Pours a deep mahogany color with a nice fizzy head that fades normally. Big nose, lots of winter spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Taste is packed with the winter spices but a nice biscuity malt comes through too with maybe a touch of caramel and fruitiness. Fairly thick body and somewhat creamy mouthfeel. The spices are a bit over the top here but I really enjoyed drinking this. Really nice winter spice beer.
smith4498 (2631) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz can from a trade with cbkschubert. Pours clear dark amber color with off white head. Aromas of Christmas spices. Similar flavor. Way too much spice for me. Medium body with average carbonation. Thanks Craig.
DesertDevil (195) - Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12-oz. can poured into an old-school SanTan glass. A very deep amber color with a one-finger, fizzy head. Extremely pungent aroma of heavy, effervescent ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. The ginger continues on the taste along with salted caramel, slightly bitter almond, nutmeg, a hint of cedar, cookie dough, and just a touch of hops at the finish. Medium body and heavily carbonated, which really makes the spices dance on the taste buds. Overall, a big nose and a spicy but not overpowering taste makes this a refreshing winter brew.
jmagnus87 (1390) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Can to shaker. Bonus from dcschiller in a trade. Thanks Dave! Pours a clear dark burnt orange with a half finger of khaki head. Aroma of chocolate, some light cinnamon and peppermint, a little orange citrus and some toasted nuts. Taste is lightly sweet. Orange, cinnamon, roasty and Dr. Pepper. Medium bodied with a very slightly sticky texture. Lively carbonation and a pretty long finish. Overall, very good. Great choice Dave
DMLINAZ (182) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a can into a frosted pint glass, pours deep amber with a white fizzy head. Aroma is pleasant - winter spices, malt. Flavor is similar - spiced, pleasantly malty, somewhat thick, biscuity like a smooth Fat Tire. Bonus that it’s from a local brewery.
FlacoAlto (3450) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A steady pour into my Bruery tulip produces a one finger thick, light amber tinged head. The beer is a dark, concentrated amber color that shows a brilliantly clear, rich amber color when held up to the light. The nose is strong with spices, in fact too much so; huge, woody, spice notes reaking of nutmeg, allspice, cardamom, and perhaps some cinnamon. The base beer is not noticeable at all underneath the spice character.
Somewhat sweet, with lots of spice flavors that accentuate this. The upfront spices add a spice cake like character, but the finish is a bit woody, astringent, and sharply spiced. The base beer adds some sweetness, and perhaps a touch of caramel character, but not much else. The body has a medium fullness to it that helps to mitigate the spice character just a bit, though not enough.
Way to over spiced, the base beer is completely consumed by the spices; if you like holiday spices then this beer could be enjoyable. Unfortunately this is just too much for me to enjoy it.
Headbanger (2471) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
16oz draft 12/29/12 (Copper Blues-PHX)-Pours a dark amber with a small tan head. Aroma of spices, malt, and sweetness. Taste of the same with more spices and malt. This holiday brew is darn tasty.