andyhwcinc (1803) - 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 (5096) - 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 (12931) - 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 (2896) - 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 (2095) - 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 (11500) - 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 (2346) - 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.
thornecb (5366) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep, clear mahogany into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes to hug rim. Sweet cinnamon and nutmeg aromas. Medium bodied with sweet dark caramel and nutmeg upfront turning to cinnamon toast in the lasting warming finish.
hondajunkie (90) - Tinley Park, Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a nice amber color with a 1/2 inch tan head. BIG spice aroma seemingly overpowering all other notes. Smooth mouthfeel,medium carbonation. Tastes just like it smells with abit of gingerbread too.
Nice long finish. I can only handle about 1 of these at a time,good holiday brew nonetheless.
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber colored, little head. Big, big spices that overwhelm the beer. Caramel, buttery notes. Sweet.