daknole (9694) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Acknud. This was better than I expected. Pours nice cloudy brown color. Nice nose of spices, caramel, alchohol, and some very light hop notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with some graham flavors, cinammon, nutmeg and a light, light hops at the end.
PhillyBeer2112 (2580) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Courtesy beastiefan. Caramel colored, with a really nice palate. Natural feeling carbonation, full with a prickly carbonation, complemented by warming caramel-cookie malts and a tempting citrus orange quality, overall very cookieish.
unclemike (2359) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a murky brown with a small white head. Aroma is pretty darn good with gingerbread, cinammon and nutmeg all coming through. Flavor is weaker than the aroma but there is a very dry spiceyness to it. Hops make an appearence at the end. Still this is a pretty tasty and warming brew.
bdigital (658) - Ft Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 16, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Pours a pale gold color with no head...nose is mainly biscuit-y malts with some spruce, coriander, citrus zest and light nutmeg. Medium bodied...flavor follows the path of the nose righteously. Decent, nothing to write home about.
jmw141 (134) - Canton, Illinois, USA - FEB 8, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Old Chicago in Peoria, IL. Served in pint glass. Dark color. Roasty aroma. Very spicy nose. Alc and spice in the mouth along with some chocolate. Pretty solid stuff. Although I can wait another year before it’s available again.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - FEB 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bottle thanks to hurrisnow. Reddish amber with a fast dying white head. Strong orange and clove aroma. I really like this. It has the perfect malt body that does not mask the spices used. This really has as much of a spice profile as the 2008 Anchor OSA. Chunks of things are in the bottom of the bottle. Really outstanding.
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma. Decent head. Has all the right spice notes in the flavor. The after taste is great on the back of the tounge.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Pours reddish amber, capped with a big off-white head. Aroma of Christmas spices, clove, and orange zest. Flavor is primarily spicy, with allspice, gingerbread, and orange zest, with some brown sugar in the background. Long, spicy finish. Not bad. Thanks for the trade, Eugene.
sersdf (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
hey, maybe my first schlafly. got this in KY. poured fridge temp. looks slightly opaque and cherry wood red. minimal head. smells subtley of hard candy, tho my nose is a bit stuffed. i’d say there’s some spice and maybe ginger in there. not bad. tastes like a 3.5, maybe 3.4. reasonably sweet but not cloyingly so. a bit of belgian candi sugar flavor. alright, and the punch is nice.
TURDFERGUSON (3988) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from strykzone. Thanks Dave. Pours a hazy red amber with a thick off-white head. Nose has some pleasant spice--nothing too over the top. I also get a mild citrus tartness perhaps from the orange peel. Flavor is equally pleasant, nice balance between spices, hops, and orange peel. I do not find any of the aromas or flavors in this beer overpowering at all. Nice, spiey, slightly dry finish with a clean mouthfeel. Alcohol well hidden throughout. Impressive.