reberiii (380) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 Not my cup of tea so far. Poured from 12oz can, reddish with ample foam. Huge spice notes from this one, with the clovish scent carrying the ginger...it smells nice. The taste is again not my thing, but itís still quality. UPDATE: So, I aged a 2013 one. And honestly, it helped a lot. Itís still strong with the clove, and it may have gotten more bitter...but thatís ok. I think the drinkability is way up. It smells now and drinks like a quad...but without the quad middle? The cherry part. But again, itís better, and Iím ticking it up.
MercyDevice (363) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a reddish brown with a medium beige head. Bitter and sharp, with a weird medicinal taste. Some cinnamon and fruit notes. Not good.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Deep amber/ brown pour with a caramel colored head. Typical spices for holiday beers: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Very pungent. The flavor is much of same with dashes of caramel bd fruit. Hard to drink with tons of spice clouding this one. Think of a holiday candle but drinking it...meh
BrettTaylor (575) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured as part of the local shopís weekly beer tasting, so this is based on a 1 oz sample. Thereís a lot of clove on the nose and the palate. You can also smell cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Itís fairly well-balanced except for the clove which at least in this taste was slightly overbearing the other flavors and aromas.
HighlanderOne (1032) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can. Aroma of cinnamon, graham cracker, spices, ginger. Mahogany color with light tan head. Spices galore - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, pepper. Malt and vanilla as well. Spices are a bit heavy at first but grow on you. Interesting and unique.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Mulling spices, apple cider, sweet cloves.
Ap: Deep amber, clear - medium-large light tan head with good retention, leaving a solid cap of foam.
T: Sweet caramel and cinnamon up front - nutmeg and dep toasted malt - rich, with a slight roast edge - medium-low bitterness, with some spice contribution - hint of orange, and some clove on the finish.
P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - full and satisfying, without being thick - finish is medium-dry.
O: Delicious winter spiced ale - spices are robust, but well balanced with one another and with the very tasty malt flavors.
Travlr (13733) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Hazy amber color. Aroma of soced caramel. Taste is mostly spice. Pretty spicy stuff.
BiddleBrau (972) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
At Anthonyís. Tasted and was warned about the cinnamon profile. Even a small taste was enough... too much. Cinnamon is potent. I felt the spice on my tongue practically. Go light on spicing!!
dlovell2 (950) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber with beige head. Cinnamon, nutmeg And cloves aroma. Cinnamon, nutmeg allspice and cloves flavor and graham cracker finish. Nice holiday brew.
Beerman6686 (4782) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a dark amber with an off white head. Aroma was of Clive and cinnamon, flavor similar, pretty standard Christmas beer.