freekyp (1557) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very daring winter warmer pushing some non traditional beer spices way to the forefront. Allspice and cloves are driving here with the cloves leading. Some cinnamon, and scads of ginger are in there too, all backed by a malty American strong ale. Will all of this spicy goodness, I still find myself wanting to taste more beer. Definitely interesting, but the novelty wears off fast. Tough to drink on its own, pair this up with a spice cake or gingerbread.
tillmac62 (336) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Pours a dark amber with dark ruby hue. Good head with nice lacing that dissipates . The nose is a WOW of spice. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and either cardamom or allspice against a slight dark malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. The taste is like the nose - an exceptional blend of spice against a slight malt sweetness. Well balanced with a focus on Christmas spices that is expertly taken to the limit of flavor. Clean finish with a burst of spice flavor and a nice warm burn. If you like spice, this beer is for you.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
If you put everything Christmas in a bottle, you would get this beer. With a spicy ginger and cinnamon aroma, and amazingly complex yet simple flavor palate, this is not just a great holiday beer, but a great beer beer.
TheHopster (866) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle). This was the perfect choice after decorating the Christmas Tree. Bright aroma, rich with spices and pine. Mahogany complexion with thin head. The flavor is unique. Festively spiced with understated alcohol. A perfect seasonal selection. I think this is way underrated within RB. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Gamin (127) - Brockport, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the most affordable spiced holiday ales out there. I always have a six pack in the fridge during the holidays. Spices are right up front in both the aroma and initial taste followed by a peppery sweet finish.
bth122 (1315) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at HOTB. Reddish brown. Clear. Nice aroma of cinnimon, nutmeg, clove. Nice texture and mouthfeel. Spicy finish. Enjoyed this spicy Xmas beer
Ontbeertaster (2348) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 7, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, dark red pour, aroma is a nice christmas spice, taste is more of the same, lots of spice and a nice strong flavour, tasty
llcooldave (1148) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a rich copper color. Spicy cinnamon aroma. Clean tasting malty goodness with a hint of more spice in the aftertaste. Overall, a nice beer for the holidays. Thanks to Kevin for sharing.
markducommun (284) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Allspice, ginger, malt. Cloudy orange brown. Bitter spiciness, transitions to a little more sweetness. Heavy mouthfeel, alcohol is fairly present.
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maddmatt639 (311) - Pacifica, California, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted on February 7, 2013:
A: Pours a very dark amber, Kind of a maple color. Barely any retention.
S: Numerous spices right off the bat. A faint hint of orange and some cinnamon. No fig.
T: Mouth full of spices. Picking up mainly cinnamon and nutmeg. Very malty in the beginning and a slight fig note in the end. Not very sweet in the end.
M: Wouldn’t go as far as smooth, but a good sipping beer. I have a medium heaviness left on my tongue.
O: A very unique and good spiced winter ale. Enjoyed the cinnamon and nutmeg. Just wish there was a little more to it.
Serving type: bottle