Ughsmash (7184) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 26, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured a nice shade of reddish-amber with a short darker beige head. The aroma picked up a lot of warm, wintery spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla came to mind) with sweet figs and biscuity malts supporting.. warm and welcoming. The flavor found tangy, peppery spices and orange peel on the tip of the tongue, with figs, molasses, and caramel following.. cinnamon and nutmeg around.. finished with warm spices, figs, and molasses on the finish. Medium-bodied, warm, and spicy on the palate.. this was tasty stuff.
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled on October 10, 2012.
Appearance: The body is a slightly hazy mahogany with a thin tan head with poor retention. The head settles into a thin coating and a dense ring.
Aroma:The aroma is heavy on the spices, ginger, nutmeg, allspice with a slight vanilla, cherries and graham cracker. It reminds me a bit of Pumking.
Taste: This is much more balanced than the nose indicates, it’s actually pretty great. The body is very malty with cinnamon and fruity notes, it reminds me a bit of applesauce. The spices are subdued but present. This is a nice fruity spiced beer.
Palate: Thick bodied with a slightly oily texture, light carbonation.
Overall: This is actually a worthwhile spiced beer. I can’t think of any complaints, I’ll likely pick up a 6 pack next year.
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from Wegmans Leesburg. It pours a deep red color with a short lived, tan head. There’s a spicy holiday bouquet of spice cake, mace, clove, and cinnamon. The flavor follows suit with all of those spices coming to mix with a bit of orange in a spiced up fruitcake sort of way. There’s a light bitterness on the back end. Full bodied and slightly oily on the palate. To the holidays!
jhgrantjr (418) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a bottle, a deep brown color with red hints in the light and a small off-white head. Aroma is spices, Holiday spices: allspice, light nutmeg, with brown sugar and caramel malts. Great taste. Seems to me it belongs in the spice/herb category of beers; but this is one of the better beers in this type of winter/holiday category I have tried. It has a medium body that is smooth and spices. Very drinkable. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ar: Brown sugar, deep malts, dark caramel - raisin and molasses.
Ap: Deep red - medium light tan head with moderate retention and a thin web of foam left over.
T: Dark caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some clove - medium sweetness - black pepper, clean warming alcohol - very spicy - bitter orange - medium-low bitterness.
P: Medium-full body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry.
O: Lots of bold flavors here - spice and malt really come through - spice flavors are a bit overdone, but still very seasonal.
Sledutah (5104) - Utah, USA - JAN 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by Dallas
Appearance: Clear amber with a small off-white head and some lacing
Aroma: Spruce tips, spices and sweet malts
Taste: Toasted malts, spices, sweet caramel, finishes with plastic coating your mouth
Ok, not enjoyable.
phaleslu (6843) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 27, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewery. Pours a deep amber color with a small off-white head. Aroma has a ton of winter spices- juniper, nutmeg, allspice- tons of spice on top of caramel malts, toast, and nuts. Flavor is the same. Some faint berry notes, too. Medium-bodied, with a spicy mouthfeel and medium carbonation. I liked the spice but understand that others may not. Maybe it was also enhanced by drinking it fresh, in the winter, and at the source. Good beer.
Kinz (3365) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Beer 31 Asheville trip, also nipped off the wife’s sampler at Thirsty Monk. Medium amber. Aroma of potpourri. Flavor matched, just an awful cacophony of cinammon, nutmeg, clove, faint ginger, freakin’ Santa’s elves’ deodorant in a box levels of spicing. Some may like this. Others, like myself, feel like this is being trapped in a Yankee Candle store and held captive. Yikes. After that rant, wish I could have tried it mulled, that could have worked better. Oh yeah, we didn’t even finish the sample pour between the two of us.
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a clear, medium brown color with a slight, beige head. The scent is slightly sweet with some spice and fruit. The taste is strong and bold but has great complex flavors. There is a great blend of malts and spices along with a slight hoppy finish. A great brew for those cold winter months!
radagast83 (5071) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured a clear copper color with a very small off-white head. Aroma was heavy on the Christmas spices - lots of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. Flavor had notes of ginger, with cinnamon and nutmeg.