cb23 (97) - St. louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 23, 2008
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Poured a dark amber color with small head. Nose was of spices (clove) and some citrus. The palate was dominated by the spiciness of the cloves and hops. Tasted reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Long spicy finish. I thought there was just too much spiciness in this beer, not enough malt. But then again, Iím not a big fan of this style, probably a good treat if you do.
ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Bottled 10/30/07, tasted 2/22/08. Poured reddish- amber with an off white head which went away quickly, also lots of sediment. Spicy, with a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Tastes mildly hoppy with orange zest and spicy hops in the finish. I enjoyed this beer.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - FEB 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tasted 2/11/08. 12oz bottle. Got this from Dan and the sticker on the bottle cap read 10/25/06. I donít know if thatís bottling or purchase date? Regardless, its 2006 vintage. Hazy with an amber hue. Spotty beige head. Totally spicy nose. Cinnamon nutmeg and clove. Totally spicy palate. Quite similar to the previous pumpkin beer, sans the pumpkin. Similar spice. Clove. Sticky finish with an English style dry palate.
Dogbrick (7107) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
bleeng (1472) - Houston nowhere near Beersel, Texas, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at downtown brewpub. Spicy, malty nose. Nice spicy, malty taste with a noticeable alcohol presence. Good winter quaffer.
EithCubes (4571) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 Bottle. Aroma is a mess Ė an overload of cloves and juniper / tree fallings with a macro sort of sweet corn/grain and raw rubbing alcohol. Dust and cobwebs. Deep copper-mahogany pour with a soapy light brown head. Brown sugar and pithy malt with some orange peel and clove. Medium-full body with a pleasant prickle and a little wittish slurry Ė good mf. Alcohol is much better integrated than expected. After the rocky start, revealed itself to be a drinkable, mildly satisfying wintery ale. [2008:01.08]
Update: Confirmed on ALL points. YIKES. [2014.01.13]
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy amberish color with an off white head. Aroma of cloves and other spice and some citrus. Taste is better this time around compared to the first time I had this. Palate holds some honey, clove and other spices, and citrus. It might be better than before but still doesnít do anything for me.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, served at 48 degrees. pours burnt orange haze to my pint, faded retention on the head; a bubbly, oily film remains. on the nose? up front is pine needles, nutmeg/clove and fir trees. a slight creamy apricot/banana creme may be underlying in the midst of all the sap, though faint. taste is odd. itís a bit heavy on the tart citrus peel, faint on the "spicy" hops, and overall, just a bit too fruity. itís lacking body and structure. perhaps too 1D for me. the finish is bitter, but not in the hoppy sense. thereís also a lingering steel/mineral taste that doesnít go away on the finish, which is kind of turning me off to the ale.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: JAN 14, 2008 Thanks to Vance for this one. Amber colored with a pillowy head that quickly fades. Aroma has some orange, and a bit of pumpkin pie like spice. Flavor is smooth, some caramel and spice. Tastes a lot like a pumpkin beer. Pretty nice a holiday beer.
barleyPops (1141) - Quad-Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served in a snifter at the Tap Room just b4 Christmas 2007 when illini08 & I met up with some of the St. Louis crew. medium amber color on the pour with a small khaki head which lasted about half way thru the glass. Aroma is spicy with clove, orange peel and some earthy grain. Flavor is more of the same, combined with the tingly carbonation, the clove is too strong. An interesting holiday brew, but not one I care to re-visit.