xmarcnolanx (925) - Kirkwood, Missouri, USA - OCT 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle, sampled tonight, oct 25th 2006 is the brew date. So, nearly a year old. Aroma is fantastic deep caramel and sweet hops. Taste is very similar, but the spices have dropped a little. The clove and coriander are not that present, but somewhat there in the background. Everything about this beer is great, up until I swallow. Finishes crisp and slightly wet and spicy, but then, nothing! Jesus, where did the beer go I just drank? Very decent start, then disappointing finish. Make this a few degrees "bigger in the body, add some stinky hops, age it for a few years, and this could be very solid.
BOBANDDOUG (61) - Belleville, Illinois, USA - AUG 29, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Have 2 of these left form 2006. Tried one tonite. Canít tell if there was any advantage, or not of being a few moths aged.
Poured a nice amber, with a nice aroma of hops, cinnamon, and yeast.
Tastes lof clove, fruit, and spices. A somewhat "complex" combo of flavors, but, still very easy to drink.
One left. I guess it will stay for awhile.
BeerandBlues2 (9000) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - AUG 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle received via trade with drmatt. Pours tawny with a small frothy off-white head, somewhat diminishing, fair lacing. Aroma is average malt (cookie, caramel), average hops (herbs), average yeast (dough) with notes of cinnamon, plum and brown sugar. Medium bodied, sticky texture, average carbonation and a bitter finish. Average duration, moderate sweetness, acidity and bitterness.
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 (9969) - 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 (3725) - 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 (2207) - 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.