PumpkinBurger (46) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish brown with a thin beige head. Nice warm holiday aromas of gingerbread, nutmeg, dark fruit.. taste follows. Out of the few Christmas holiday beers I’ve tried this is easily my favorite though that’s not saying too much yet since I haven’t really enjoyed many others.
swigswthwolves (74) - Michigan City, Indiana, USA - DEC 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma is of bread, dough and quite spicy. Pours a dark cloudy amber with little head. Tastes like Christmas. This is the perfect beer to bring to a holiday dinner and surprise your family. The finish is cloying and slightly sweet. As this melody of delicious flavors leaves your memory, you will certainly be left thinking of Christmas. Southern tier hit the nail on three head with this beer.
maxwelldeux (4269) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and very dark brown with a smallish white head. Nose is very spicy in the winter warmer style. Taste is also spicy, and the spice overwhelms the rest of it.
andyhwcinc (1729) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Enjoyed on tap as part of Delilah’s winter beer tasting in Chicago, IL. I tried 21 different beers as part of this event, and unfortunately this was one of the worse ones from it. I didn’t take tasting notes, but at first thought this tasted like a Christmas tree, but then towards the end it started to taste like cough syrup. Not especially giddy over this one, consistency of cough syrup along with the taste when brought to room temperature. Wouldn’t want to have this one again.
markwise (5011) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from ABC Liquors in Spring Hill. Pours a hazy copper brown with a tan head. Nose is gingerbread with hints of allspice, pepper, and yeast. Flavor is gingerbread with some pepper, some spice, and some toasted malt. Light to medium in body and nice with a strange yeastiness to it.
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argo0 (12640) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Small off-white head atop crystal clear amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, allspice, some caramel, ginger. Taste is moderately sweet, caramel, ginger, some allspice, light earthy, cinnamon. Medium body, low carbonation.
Maverick34 (2787) - New York, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red brown pour. Nutmeg cinnamon aroma. Some cherries and fruits also. Hops finish. Pretty good
islay (1862) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle. Dry, dusty, spicy, fruity aroma features orange, fig, banana nut muffin, clove, and carob scents. Very Christmas-y smell (or at least Christmas beer-y). Pours a clear dark amber / copper-brown. Good color. Small amount of beige head. Okay lacing. I would have given the appearance a 4 if there were more or more interesting head. The flavors are more subtle than the aroma implies. Leather, pitted fruit, prune, and caramel. Spicy. Reminds me of a prune juice and cinnamon muffin shake. Astringent aftertaste. Smooth, oily, lively, and a bit frothy in the palate. The aftertaste merits only a 2 but the mouthfeel a 4, so I’ll give the palate a 3. Overall, a functional beer for the style.
Drake (11432) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run. Pours a clear dark copper color with a thin tan head. Fair head retention. Aroma of toffee malts, nutmeg, cinnamon, dates, burnt sugar. The taste is brown sugar, banana, spices, herbal notes. Medium bodied. Solid beer.
ryanfolty (2270) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
December 6, 2012 bottle from coffee grounds. Clear copper pour with little bit of head that faded quickly. Aroma was spicy, malty, grainy and some alcohol. Taste was a disappointment, grainy, some cinnamon and nutmeg, but kind of a weird spicy bitter and dry alcohol finish. I love christmas and all, but would be okay not seeing this under the tree on the big day.