Barleymancer (1) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage November 20th, 2011.
Amber beer, hazy pour. Relatively clear liquid, minimal head. Very spicy, malty aroma. Heavy sweetness. Full bodied. Sticky texture. Low carbonation. Long, sweet finish.
This is the maltiest, sweetest beer I have ever had. This is a malt slap in the face. This is malty Christmas in a glass.
rdbret (2) - , Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008 does not count
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very festive beer. Has a big aroma with cinnamon, spice and pumpkin notes. Tastes of orange peel and cardamon and maybe a bit of cloves and ginger. It has a copper-brick color and it tastes through with a bit of sweetness and toastiness that remains on the palate. A very nice drinking beer.
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very delicious holiday ale. Drink this at Room temp, for if you do not, then you will get a cough syrup taste to it. At room temperature, the beer has an extreme bakeshop smell, as though you were buying Christmas Cookies. The taste is spicy, and I detected cloves and citrus.
seymour (1306) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on-tap 9/17/2011 at the Hop in the City Festival in a clean half-pint taster glass. A unique high-gravity winter-warmer. Lots going on here: restrained use of harmonious spices, ambiguous grainbill, and addictive roasty aroma. No single overpowering attribute. Nice carbonation and lacing. One of Schlafly’s best brews. Strongly recommended.
ARMed (587) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This beer certainly needs to get a little praise. The aroma smells like plum sugar candy with a perfect malty nutmeg finish. The taste is like drinking a sugar plum candle. The 8% alcohol is exceptionally hidden and the warmth of the finish is both soothing and wantingly inviting. Perfect finish with a perfect palate.
One that cant be missed if you have the opportunity to drink it!
sethdude (687) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice effort. Pours a nice reddish-copper with a medium-to-thin head. Aroma is like a very, very yeasty gingerbread man. Almost too yeasty. Flavor is full, caramel, toffee, maple syrup (think Mary Janes or Squirrel Nut Zippers), followed by ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. A very candy-like beer, appropriate flavors for the holiday, and a very nice alcohol buzz. Good stuff, right there with the pumpkin.
NeoHippie2 (748) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice brew. Perfect for colder evenings. Lots of spice character to this one, I definitely get the orange peel and clove on the nose. That follows through on the palate as well. Finish is long and complex with flavors lingering on the tongue. Nice beer here. Definitely something I look forward to every holiday season.
chawkfan (27) - USA - DEC 10, 2011
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really like the spice in this one. Malt come across very nicely. Orange peel and spice really add to the taste.
HighlanderOne (952) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of vanilla, spice and malt. Nice lookin mahogany with lasting tan head. I taste vanilla, banana, pepper, clove, creamy malt. A hint of booze warms nicely. This is good stuff. Gets better as it warms. Well done.
merlin48 (656) - Jenkins, Kentucky, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Excellent seasonal. Clear copper body with a small beige head that retains well and deposits some patchy lace. Very spicy aroma, with gingerbread, pine cone, cloves, nutmeg, and orangepeel. The spices zing the tongue and the body is medium with good carbonation. Taste is malty with toffe and caramel notes, almost overwhelmed by the assertive spicing. Nice touch of bittering pine hops. Dry finish with a ginger aftertaste. Alcohol content is very well hidden.