Slipstream (2229) - USA - JAN 18, 2015
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2015 A well balanced and very enjoyable Christmas season ale. Plenty flavorful, with clove, cinnamon, allspice, and figs. Sweet and spicy at first, but the flavor dries out some on the palate. This one hits the goldilocks zone for me! Other people must have thought so too because it quickly sold out everywhere I saw it. Excellent brew - another fine ST release.
Arcadia (61) - DeLand, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ABC. Pours a dark muddy brown with a thin off-white head with some fantastic lacing. Aromas are light roasted malts and some citrus hops - mostly orange, which comes through very nicely on the taste. Really sweet throughout with a nice long finish; pretty full bodied and oily. Quite good. Acquire.
williamstome (1348) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy pour, minimal offwhite head. Aroma of figs, fruit, spices, and pine. Flavor is spruce, figs, orange, spices, cloves, nutmeg. Christmas tree in a bottle. Tasty, if a little too sweet.
trapped (1371) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Blind Pig. Dark amber with reddish tint, medium creamy beige head, strong spicy aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, low carbonation, very spicy taste with strong cinnamon presence, long finish with a bitter aftertaste. Very glogg-like indeed! It was too un-beer-like for me.
GreatDane1632 (1026) - Alabama, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated based on notes taken on 26 Dec 2014 -- Sample poured from the bottle. A very well spiced winter ale, but other than that a little unremarkable.
lownote (274) - USA - JAN 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass l. Light brown with hints of red with a thick brownish head. Smells spicy. And a little malty. Taste is a punch of spices: cinnamon, Christmas like stuff. Get a bit of citrus but it’s light. Not sweet. Thin mouth feel. Sharp carbonation. Just feels overly spiced.
chucklemation (793) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a small white head. Aroma is lots of spices and some caramel. Flavor is sweet fig and spices. The spices are heavy, but don’t overpower the beer. This is very well done and tasty.
dyetube (1330) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from market street. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin white head. The aromas are bergamot, fig, cinnamon. The mouthfeel is watery, sweet and had a medium body with good carbonation. Cheers!
umich03jm (2764) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with a very small head. Aroma is a spice bomb. All spice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Tastes like a sweet spice bomb. Burnt sugar and spices dominate. Some light toffee too. Medium body. Overall, too sweet and too much spice but it’s not terrible.
whynot44 (9) - Independence, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2015 does not count
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Clear dark amber color with a modest white head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is all spice - nutmeg, cardamom, ginger?, who knows? The tastes is also heavy on the spices upfront, after that subsides you can detect a definite fig and malt background but it is overwhelmed by the spices. This one is actually better warm as the background tastes come out a little more. Light/medium bodied. Overall, not a style I’m fond of but a lighter touch on the spices would make this more palatable.