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 (13413) - 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 (962) - 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 Anthony’s. 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 (895) - 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 (4704) - 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.
matty (217) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a clear amber orange color with a thick off white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is slightly metallic with some malt sweetness in the background. Medium-full bodied, nicely balanced malt with spices: cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Finish is spicy and sweet. Very good.
callmemickey (3030) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange amber body, medium off-white head, spotty lacing. Intense spicing: all spice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and graham cracker. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, light sweetness, lingering finish.
magsinva (901) - Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from giant eagle market district - pours deep ruby, with dark fruits, plums, cloves, ginger on the nose. It’s a nice winter warmer.
douglas88 (6333) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar cleaning the old fashioned way. Pours a clear ruby color with a medium white head. A big nutty and spicy nose. Smooth caramel, big spices, nutmeg especially, some orange peel, light toffee. Good. Just not a style I want too much of. A 750 is tough.
jgb9348 (4851) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp amber coloured body with a large tan head. Aroma of light spices, caramel, toffee, earth, nuts and a bit of malt. Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol flavour with some very nice spices and herbal notes, a hint of toffee and a good complex pit fruit and grape finish. Aftertaste shows a good complex flavour with pit fruits, toffee, alcohol and a touch of light hops. Overall, a very nice beer for the season with a good complexity and some mellow sweetness, while showing a lot of alcohol. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York (Bowery location), New York on 25-November-2011 for US$7.99 sampled at my hockey Christmas party on 21-December-2011.