cbfobes (2107) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Craftsman, pours a clear reddish amber with no head, a lot of spices on the nose with some sweetness of the malt, flavor has a lot of spice on the front end, too much for my liking, tastes like liquid popori, ugh.
rangerred (843) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep ruby with a tiny head. No head retention or lacing.
Aroma of figs and cinnamon with a little bit of orange thrown in. Maybe some other spice that I canít identify. There really isnít a ton I can pick up on outside of the spice.
The spice continues in the flavor. Lots of cinnamon with some ginger, orange and figs. A little bit of roast and brown sugar comes in towards the finish although it is faint. Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of sweetness ending with a sticky moderately bitter finish.
Overall, canít say I am overly impressed with this beer. I donít like overly sweet beers and this is one of them. In fact, I prefer Anchorís holiday beer over this., Not something Iím likely to pick up again.
jsmerig (1103) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear ruby red. Deep and complex aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the nose. Citrusy notes along with sweet malt and spice finishing with a cherry like bitterness. Nice but a little too much for mass consumption.
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Ericular (429) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Pours a nice deep red color with a large tan head that quickly fades into a small ring. Not much head retention or lacing, but the palate is just thick enough to keep it from feeling lifeless. Aroma is perfect for a winter seasonal - cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is those spices at first, and then fades into a nice toasted malt finish. Very nice beer for the holiday season.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours a dark red brown fair amount head. Tastes smells of cloves spices ginger small hops sweet candy sugar. Weird it wasnít bad but same as like Sam Adams ginger bread Iím just not into that spice combo but if you are this would be great right up there with Goose island Christmas.
blipp (5595) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a beige head. Sweet malts, ginger and other spices, lighter toasted notes, and light fruity notes. Good stuff.
deyholla (5917) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Brick Store. Pours a clear deep amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and other spice with a hint of backing sweet grains. Flavor starts with the spices listed above and a growing note of earthy deep from the grain.
Cybercat (2947) - Georgia, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear mahogany - not much head, but that has to be due to the pour, and it does leave some generous lacing. Strong aroma has an overtone of cloves and horehound. Flavor has a subtle malty core and strong notes of cloves, caramel and horehound with a hint of cinnamon - and is that a whisper of pumpkin? Firm texture has plenty of lively fizz, leaving a cloves-y and horehound finish. Merry Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Winter Solstice/Festivus/Human Light or whatever!
Slubgob (168) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap into 20 oz mug. Brown, nice lingering off white head. Nose of cinnamon and clove, hint of ginger. Very prominent spices in the mouth,a hint of wine sweetness.finishes medium with warm lingering impression off fruit and spice - sure, Iíll say mulled wine impression. A bit of hops. Nice take in the style, although ultimately not sure I really want more than one. After a bit, the alcohol starts to show, and Iím quite sure one is plenty.
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice offering for the holidays from Southern Tier. Medium Amber color, aroma of holiday spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg very apparent on the tongue.