EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Aroma is a mess – 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 – good mf. Alcohol is much better integrated than expected. After the rocky start, revealed itself to be a drinkable, mildly satisfying wintery ale.
jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crisp copper coloured body with a bright amber, ruby and orange tint and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head - nice. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, figs, earth and bunches of spices - allspice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium-bodied; Strong spicey flavour at first with alcohol also noticeable, but the spice warmth starts with nutmeg and hits coriander seed, cardamom and juniper berries. Aftertaste is potent with the roasted malt and pit fruits the strongest, but the bitterness from spices is also noticeable and showing relatively well. Overall, a nice spiced beer with some good flavours, but not too much to be cloying or overpowered - a nice beer for sure and good for winter. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home on this, the twelve day of Christmas, 06-January-2013 in Washington.
Strykzone (4218) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a beautiful beer. Dark reddish brown in color it has a rich thick foamy head. The aroma is very spicey and sweet. Some cinnamon is evident as are cloves. Hops add just a hint of tartness. There is a chemical flavor that is unpleasant but it is faint. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste has a short life after each taste. As the beer warmed some sweet malts came to the forefront. The chemical flavor never quite disappears but that is the only real negative against this beer.
DrSilverworm (4100) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Bottled 11/14/11. Clear red / amber color with lots of floating sediment. Minimal off-white head, leaving a bit of lace. Lighter carbonation. Nice, fruity citrus aftertaste. I really enjoy the orange-peel aroma in this, accompanied with spicy cloves and good malt body accentuated by the hops. A mild sweet taste. Great christmas ale.
nimbleprop (3916) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz 2008 Vintage scored via extra in a trade. Pours a translucent, muddy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells like a christmas cookie, ginger, cake icing, sweet, cookie dough, grains, spices, nutmeg. Flavor starts like a beer (grains, caramel, toast, crackers) and ends like a christmas cookie (nutmeg, caramel, cake icing, ginger). Smooth mouthfeel, a little lingering sweetness. For a Christmas beer I really liked it.
esjaygee (3859) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 16, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mega particulate laden pumpkin orange with a slowly degenerating tan pile of foam that leaves some patchy lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, other assorted spices along with heavy clove and mild pumpkin. Taste is heavily spiced but not too over the top as it comes across as a very drinkable malty concoction. Heavy spice and cloves with with sweet malt and a touch of alcohol. Finishes up spicy and that lingers on for awhile.
nuplastikk (3831) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle at Brickskeller. Filtered amber-orange. Spells straight up like a Pumpkin beer, lots of spice. Really mellow for the ABV. Smooth malty tones. Cinnamon pumpkin tones, but maybe its the orange peel. Pretty nice, despite the pumpkin ale smell, remains a solid beer.
radagast83 (3797) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a medium-dark golden color with a medium sized head. Aroma has citrus, notes of pine, malts. Flavor is heavy on the orange, with notes of holiday spices and a touch of candy.
TURDFERGUSON (3760) - Carrboro, 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.
Aurelius (3728) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I was really suprised by this beer. I thought that it was going to be another Christmas ale to be endured with too much spice or pitch or whatever. It was very good and well-balanced. Sweet and spicy malt aroma. Ruddy, clear brown with a lacy light tan head. Lightly sweet with deft spicing, slightly tannic, medium bitterness. Woody, spice-bitter finish. Nicely balanced. On tap, Flying Saucer, KC.