smith4498 (3270) - 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.
jmagnus87 (2912) - 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
umich03jm (2851) - Flat Rock, 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.
dnstone (2370) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JUN 5, 2013
1.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a murky brownish-amber color with soft white head. The aroma is honestly a bit off-putting (a bit like a dog turd). Thankfully, it tastes better than it smells...this beer is spicy all the way through (nutmeg) with a light malt undertone and some squash notes, like pumpkin. I feel like this beer just misses the mark.
LtDan (1806) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a dark amber with a stripe of white going around the top.
Aroma: Gingerbread. A little wet grain too, but mostly gingerbread.
Taste: Gingerbread, a little toast and light chocolate roast. Lingering spice aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, rough carbonation.
Overall: Simple, drinkable, and winter time-ish. Didn’t notice the alcohol for being over 7%.
JPDurden24 (1661) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of the can, An amber pour with an off white head, it definitely has some nice wintery spice, and tastiness. It’s enjoyable.
BucannonXC5 (1105) - San Diego, California, USA - MAY 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Type: 12-oz. can
Glass: Manzanita pint glass
From: Whole Foods in Tempe, Ariz.
Purchased: May 17, 2014
Consumed: May 21, 2014
Misc.: Crafted on Nov. 26, 2013
Poured a rich mahogany semi-hazy color with 1-to2 fingers of khaki tan lacing that dissipated rather quickly. Below average lacing and sporadic foamy spots. Below average retention.
Smelled molasses, dark apple, cinnamon, Atomic Fireballs, nutmeg, black cherry, caramel, gingerbread and all that is Thanksgiving. Really nice on the nose.
Tasted didn’t quite live up to the smell, although I didn’t expect it to. Got nutmeg, gingerbread, molasses, cinnamon stick, caramel, toffee and cherry cough syrup.
Medium body. Oily-to-thin texture. Soft carbonation. Long, warming, slightly finish.
A pretty good winter warmer overall. I wouldn’t say ideal for May 21, but good nonetheless.
Caytinator (1005) - 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.
DesertDevil (655) - 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.
kcorum10 (331) - Arizona, USA - JUL 17, 2013
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a murky brown/copper color with medium head that slowly disappears into a thin one. Aromas of eggnog spices and flavor of the same, but minus the eggnog. In other words, it smells like Thanksgiving in a can.
Edit: As this warms, it get harder and harder to drink. For that, I have re-rated this beer lower. That along with burping up nasty spices.