shadey (1904) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep garnet red with virtually no head. Aroma is majorly spiced - which I suppose I should have expected from the 2x label. Cloves and other holiday spices dominate. There is some sweet malt as well. Flavors are also dominated by the spices - especially in the finish and the lingering aftertaste. It seems to fit the style and the goal of the beer, but not really my style or preference for a holiday brew.
joebudzjoe (667) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Monster B’s. Pours a dark ruby, this beer has an instant pumpkin spice scent upon sipping. Along with these scents, there is a dry pine hop flavor with faint lavender notes as well. Medium-bodied and not too difficult to put down.
ICEatALAMO (944) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. The pour is a vibrant amber with a frothy head. The aroma is very strong of christmas spices, cinnamon, ginger. The taste is exactly the way it smells. A very solid christmas ale.
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nick76 (4232) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very spicy and fruity with all the smells of the season. There is also caramel and pine hops. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a great example of the Christmas/winter/holiday style but a bit to astringent for me.
ryanscourt (775) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz pour from bottle at perch pub at philadelphia. not too bad, took about an hour to drink though. Can smell and taste the mulling spices. Syrupy and some taste of alcohol. Nice winter beer, but would not be disappointed to wait a year to have again.
strongpieman (1515) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear, copper color with no head. Strong spice aroma that is approaching cough syrup. Medium body, a little syrupy, moderate finish. Interesting Xmas beer, but not a favorite.
annunz123 (864) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and some medicine in the aroma. Flavor starts spicy then finishes with an herbal bitterness and some alcohol. Different and good.
KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. The pour was a clear dark cranberry red with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that receded steadily, down to a small puddled film and small collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was a complex mix of scents with a light grain malt and a sweaty yeast along with notes of citrus (orange peel), ginger, clove, cinnamon, dark fruit (figs and raisons) and a pronounced Glögg (mulled wine) odor.
The taste was lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit and Glögg from the get go, becoming a tad bitter and rather yeasty with hints of orange peel and cinnamon somewhere in the middle and a spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a spicy yeast infused alcohol warming sensation lingering on for a little while longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat bold carbonation.
Overall this brew is what Winter Warmers are all about, lots of spicy flavor and a good alcohol warming at the end...
rob02190 (24) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
At first pour it has a nice head with a reddish brown body. You immediately can smell the spices nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Taste the spices are ever present with malt and hints of citrus. Overall it's very good beer though let it warm up bit.
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rumproasts (2941) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. deep amber with minimal head. huge spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus. slightly chewy with alcohol warmth. a sipper.