tillmac62 (173) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a fair head and lacing. Slight nose of yeast and spice. Thin bodied. The taste is sort of bland, with only a slight spice flavor. This beer needs more dark malt and spice. Nice carbonation. Crisp finish with no residual aftertaste. A good, but non-complex beer.
kidobutai (302) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Christmas in July! Well, not that good, more like Memorial Day. Poured from a bottle. Decent frothy head. Nice lacing. Not that spicy, normal lager.
generallee08 (616) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It has a quick fading off white head over an orange amber body with a light haze.
Smell: I donít get much here, just a light spiced maltiness.
Taste / Palate: There is a mild bready malt base with some dry spice notes like clove and coriander. I am also picking up a touch of bitter orange peel. Itís palate feels light and the finish is quick and somewhat boring.
bluejacket74 (1279) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says best before March 31, 2014. Got this bottle from a friend 2 weeks ago so I didnít get a chance to try it fresh. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is light but nice, the brew smells like caramel and toasted malt, and light sweet spices. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but the flavors seems stronger in the taste as compared to the weak aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Itís not one of the better winter warmer/spiced ales Iíve had, itís really low on the amount of spicing thatís in this brew. Not that itís a bad beer, but I think itís a Christmas ale that doesnít have much kick to it. Maybe Iíll try it again next year if I can get a single somewhere.
tnkw01 (1053) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear copper color with a medium head. Aroma was just a tad of spice with a malty undertone. Taste was very weak and not like a Christmas cookie. Did have a slight spice taste with some balance.
jgb9348 (4655) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAY 2, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Slightly hazy copper and golden coloured body with a very thin, perhaps a fraction of a centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of strong alcohol, malt, metal, apricots and bitterness - not much exciting at all. Medium-bodied; Assertive spicey flavour at first with herbs, grass, alcohol, metal, malt and some pungent bitterness. Aftertaste shows a big malt presence with some lighter spices and flavours of metal, alcohol, toffee and some light fruit. Overall, not such a good beer - heavy on the bitterness and the pungency and light on the real flavours and especially the complexity. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 30-November-2013 for US$1.29 sampled at home in Washington on 02-May-2014.
ben4321 (3800) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 3/27/14
Aroma: The nose is herbal and earthy, some moderate spice, and a bit of pale malt
Appearance: It pours a clear orange color with an off-white head and medium-heavy lace
Flavor: The taste is malty with moderate spice up-front, and an herbal finish with a little ginger
Palate: Light-medium bodied, average-to-lively carbonation, and a long, tingly finish
This isnít a bad winter spice offering, but I canít offer too much praise beyond that. Iím glad I donít have a 6-pack, one of these is plenty.
EithCubes (4730) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, BB mar 31 2014. Nose is malty, nice and rich toffee with light spices and a faint, traditional hop funk that always reminded me of spaghetti. Pours clear orange-golden with strong carbonation and a soapy off-white head. Watery body, good chewy caramel malt with golden accents a real doughy finish, good old-fashioned hopping with light spice and warmth (Iíd certainly have guessed more than 6% abv), and itís clean for Saranac (which is to say, well, average), just a touch of wet cardboard. Low bitterness, relatively dry, some really subtle fruity notes in the bg. You know, people ... this isnít all that far removed from 3 Monts. I could drink a ton of this!
tgncc (2750) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is toast, caramel, spices. The color is deep amber, white head. The flavor is toasted malt, caramel, slight metal, spices. The finish is slightly metallic, spices. Medium in body, slightly thin. Not vile, but not a good beer.
nearbeer (3613) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. Clear amber body is fairly active and sustains a lasting covering of cream. Nose is toast, sourish orange and dry malt. Taste has mild notes of tart apple, orange, old grain, nutmeg, toast and cinnamon. Light-medium body is smooth and sweet, but the spices dry the finish well. Odd brew. Not bad and thankfully not overdone with the spices, but thereís little else to bring me back.
Suttree (5044) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First of all, I liked the fact that they didnít go overboard with the spices. I got a little raisin, a little rum, some a bit of nutmeg. But not too much. Seems to benefit from lowered expectations.