Lubiere (10139) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 28, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
A reddish copper ale with a thin mocha head. In aroma, sweet cloying caramel malt with loads of cloves and cinnamon, so-so. In mouth, a sweet fruity caramel malt with cloves, ginger, raspy mouth feel, so-so. On tap at brewery.
daknole (9225) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 2, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear brown pour. Not much head. Aroma of spice, sulphur, sewer water. Flavor is spice, coriander, yeast, bitter finish. Not enjoying this.
Ibrew2or3 (6990) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz can pours clear dark amber with fairly short lived full tan head the receded away to a persistent ring. The aroma is a mix of musty earthy sort of wet sun soaked prunes and winter spices with a dash of raisin and ginger. Interesting. The taste is pleasingly in the middle of the road. It is rich without being too rich and spicy with winter spices without being too spicy and lively and almost, dare I say, refreshing without being thin prickly and watery. I get a mix of nutmeg and ginger and a bit of cinnamon blending nicely with ripe red apples, prunes and raisins. My expectations may have been on the low side and that’s why I find this one rather enjoyable. Solid winter spice beer, well done!
phaleslu (6608) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at OHSO. Pours a mostly clear amber-tinted brown with a small beige head. Aroma of mellow cinnamon, chocolate, earth, and toast. Flavor is the same, maybe some nuttiness in there too. Light-bodied, with moderate carbonation and an earthy mouthfeel. Didn’t over-cinnamon it. Not bad.
DrSilverworm (6575) - 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 (5186) - 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.
FlacoAlto (3810) - 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 (3325) - 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.
alexanderj (3318) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; poured a cherry cola color with a lot of carbonation and a khaki, large head. Aroma of peppermint, spice and thats about it. Surprising in the strength of peppermint. Flavor was not as bad as I was anticipating based on previous reviews. Yet, the lengthy finish was a bit odd. Flavor got worse with time, which obviously isn’t great. Some mint and other herbs/spices, with some cola and caramel notes. Not bad, not great.
BelgianBeerGal (3201) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Papago can. Pours a nice caramel brown color with a tan head and good lacing. Big aroma of coffee and banana bread. Molasses, cinnamon, nutmeg and spice in the flavor. Pretty nice.