whynot44 (10) - Independence, Missouri, USA - JAN 1, 2015
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.
Jethro6191 (501) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours Amber with a thin wispy off-white head. Ginger, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon aromas. This is a big spice bomb that is heavy on the ginger. There is some earthiness in the finish and a hint of cinnamon. The mouthfeel is malty with moderate carbonation. Medium to full body with a little warming alcohol. It took me a while to get used the the spiciness, but the flavor improved as it warmed.
DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap, amber pour, off white head, nose is spices, taste is strong, boozy, more spices
chinchill (3357) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Yardhouse.
Deep red-brown with a head that soon reduced to a ring. Minimal lacing.
Both the aroma and the flavor reflect a heavy use of nutmeg. There are some other spices in here too, but the overall spicing level is just too high, largely masking the malts.
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a ruby red with about a finger of white head. Nose is of Christmas candles and spice, tast is heavily spiced in a nutmeg allspice kinda way, with a hint of pine, cinnamon maybe Very enjoyable brew. I could see this dropping some folks ratings, if you don’t like nutmeg, skip this one.
hopdog (10284) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized head. This one was not bad, bu tit was lots of spices and I’m not crazy about spices.
bigtaster (847) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown semi-clear, tan head. Nose is spices, with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg. Body is medium with low carbonation, initial gingerbread sweetness with a slight spice bitterness on the finish. The spices seem to meld together lessening the harshness of them but also muddying the flavors. I’ll try again.
beersammich (74) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours amber and hazy. Smells like Christmas, had flashbacks to Christmas. So aptly named. Taste is gingery and spicy with an orange peel after taste. Expected to hate it. Didn’t hate it per say, didn’t really like it. Aroma is artificially making my rating a little higher then I wanted, but it did smell really nice.
Had from a bottle.
dlihcsnatas (495) - Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Got this on my trip to Fort Worth. Drank it on Christmas but saved a bottle for this review today. When I first drank it on Christmas I was blown away by all the spice flavors. Today when I drink this after a few other styles I am still blown away by all the spice. There is cinnamon for sure and maybe some corriander and allspice. Not sure on all of it, but there is just a major spice blast from this one. Perfect for the holidays and one that I hope to find again next 2Xmas.
gilvanblight (819) - Windsor, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2014
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy redish pour with a ton of head. Smells hoppy but not too hoppy. Wow the taste does not match the spice. That’s rather nice.