tillmac62 (135) - 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.
ben4321 (3559) - 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 (4622) - 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 (2661) - 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 (3424) - 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 (4902) - 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.
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. clear, slightly amber color, small white head. very little aroma, maybe just a wee bit of cinnamon. malty sweetness and light spice finish that comes out more as it warms.
kramer (4681) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light copper body under a small fizzy white head that quickly faded to a thin film. The nose is just lightly malty, thereís a fairly hefty amount of cinnamon and nutmeg though. The flavor is pretty bland overall, just a light toasty and caramel malt base with some minimal cinnamon on the finish. Tastes like there may be some other spices in here, maybe nutmeg and allspice, but theyíre pretty light. Light bodied and a little watery in texture with fizzy carbonation. Pretty bland and boring stuff.
MarkSachon (506) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle from the holiday sampler case. Pours with a minimum head and a yellow to tan color. Medium body with a nice finish. Iím a sucker for these holiday specials and this is one of my faves. For the relative cost of the case, this is well worth the investment.
Scrapersnbeer (1431) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mild sweet spice aroma with raw dough. Medium orange color, looks like an amber lager. Malty caramel taste with ginger cinnamon (maybe.) Mostly dough, tastes like Subway smells, especially the ones inside the Walmarts that arenít vented properly. Okay, back on topic: this isnít a winter warmer in the strict sense as the spicing is faint comparatively. I didnít hate it, and itís actually light enough to be refreshing.
scarletfire65 (865) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at home, from Beers of Winter Variety Pack. Light spice aroma, like a Christmas cookie, nothing too distinct. Creamy mouthfeel. Orange zest, heavy on the clove, bitter dried ginger powder. Needs to warm up a bit, really harsh when too cold. Unfocused.