SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAY 30, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2006 Bottle: Lets see how the spice additions have held up in this one. Pours a clear amber with a thick, inch high head. The nose is spicy interesting, almost like the old red cinnamon candy that youíd get at Halloween. The spicy cinnamon carries though to the body, where notes of clove, rindy orange, and bready malts join the party. The spices are nice here, but a more hefty malt middle would definitely be welcome. This would be nice around the fire though.
boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - MAR 24, 2007
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber body with orange highlights. A well retained, thin, wispy white head leaves behind only minimal lacing. Ridiculously unbalanced aroma. This trait alone neccesitates a need to take this recipe back to the theoretical drawing board. Torturous amounts of cloves belie a pithy orange and soapy ester nose laden with toasted malts and unnecessary sugar and spice levels. All in all, a boring and unpleasant aroma, substandard by any stretch or grading curve. Flavor is at first much easier to tkae. Clove isnít so dominant. Toasty malt seems very pleasant now and in good quantity. The realization that this has yet to reach a suitable temperature to really dissect the flavor leads me to wait; a mistake. Now the flavor is back at it again, with spicing that is so over-the-top I decide not to finish the glass. Finishes spicy and lingering, with a stinging sensation left behind, no doubt, by all the clove. My breath is stinky now as well. Oh well, better luck next year. Not a catastophic failure, but I donít ever want to revisit this.
Tmoney99 (9634) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 16, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured dark amber hue with a moderate creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Heavy spicy citrus aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture. Heavy sweet spicy flavor and an average sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.
IrishBoy (3689) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 28, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from BeerDrenched; Nose of cloves, cloves, and more cloves, along with a little orange, just as advertised! Good thing I love cloves! Copper wit a small beige head; spicy clove flavor with some light orange flavor and background hop bitterness wuhich shows up in the finish 10 or 15 seconds later as the spice flavors fade. Decent spiced ale!
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A treat from Tish. Thanks! Letís see: orange and cloves and cloves and cloves. So Christmasy itís sickening. And I like Christmas. This might go well with a honey-baked ham, but Iím not even sure it could stand up to the pungency of the cloves. Totally over the top, yet intriguing.
kwoeltje (2152) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - FEB 20, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle) Amber with small off white head. Spice aroma. Flavor is malt, caramel, spice. A nice winter ale.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured amber in color with a small white head. Had a spicy aroma a bit like the #15, but had somewhat of a boring finish. I liked the #15 just a little bit better.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nov 06. Beer is clear, brown, medium hued. The head is initially small, white, frothy. Diminshes into a fluffy ring quickly.<P>
The aroma is mellow and spicy. Malty with light notes of toasted grain, cookie; Hoppy with a trace of resin; Yeasty with a light note of sweet dough; Moderate miscellaneous notes of ground ginger, cinnamon, light notes of clove and allspice.<P>
The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly-to-moderately bitter with a long, unclean-feeling, moderately sweet, lightly bitter finish. Something about this just doesnít clean up in the finish and feels coating.<P>
The body is medium, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>
Like the balance and amount of spices, reminiscent of gingerbread.
Ernest (5920) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nov 06 bottling. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is medium amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of allspice/cinnamon, light note of metal shavings. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic, slightly metallic. Bit of a metallic twang to this one, but itís minor. Not bad, but not a lot of uniqueness or enticement. Spice driven without a whole lot underneath.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My first Schlafly! Iíve heard that they make some pretty good beer and they have just recently become available in the area. Most of their selection is available, but in keeing with the Winter/Christmas beer theme that I have been [very] loosely following lately, I figured I would start with their "Special Release" Christmas Ale...
Pours a nice reddish-honey color and is nearly clear. There is a small, foamy, ivory-colored head that doesnít last too long. There is a lot of clove in the aroma as well as some fainter sweet caramel malt. Actually, if I didnít know better, I might have mistaken this for a pumpkin beer! The flavor has a lighter maltiness with lots of clove and a little orange in the background. Overall I would say this this beer has a moderately sweet and the alcohol is undetectable in the flavor. I has a medium to full body and tends just a little toward the syrupy side which is fine by me! The carbonation level is mild and results in a smoother beer. Overall this is an interesting and tasty brew. This beer reminds me of a pumpkin beer in some regards (I guess because of the clove) on the surface, but deeper down it has a subtle caramel maltiness and orange flavor that wouldnít be found in a pumpkin beer (plus, there isnít any pumpkin or vegetable flavor in the beer at all). Well, looks like I am going to have to go out and get all of the other Schlafly beers to try now. This one was pretty darn good!
12 oz bottle ("Bottled with love on Oct 25, 2006") from The Party Source.