rayy (39) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice red color, cinnamon/ginger aroma and taste, along with roasty malt flavor. Orange peel & cardamom doesn’t really stand out, just blends in with the rest. More spicy than your average holidale.
nothingbutIPAs (20) - Hillsborough, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
just not my style. beer taste like a Christmas beer should, lots of spices and I think a little orange is in there. others would probably like this more than me. just too spicy and not enough hops for my liking
Pumpkin87 (18) - - DEC 18, 2014
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours an attractive chestnut with red-orange undertone, tan medium-body head quickly disappears.
Big spice and orange peel on the nose; that’s really big spice, almost like sniffing a ground pile of cardamom, ginger, clove and cinnamon.
On the tongue, a burst of orange peel oil very briefly balances the almost dusty dry spice. But the nice initial mouthfeel quickly gets overwhelmed by the harsh spices, which seem thrown in rather than mixed.
There’s what seems like a nice ale underneath, and as dry as the spicing is it doesn’t entirely eliminate the smooth beery element.
But if this is supposed to be glögg, it tastes more like dumping the spice rack. And the poor figs! Not one survived.
I expect better from Southern Tier.
BiddleBrau (961) - Fort Washington, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2014
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark amber quick head. Nice seasonal spice aroma. Full palate but flavor starts to dirty up as this warms up.
Tejas (882) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 16, 2014
1.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
I don't know what the spice is in this but if I were to guess, I'd guess ginger. Nevertheless, it's way too much. Very unbalanced and undrinkable. Drain pour.
kramer (5092) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark chestnut body under a one finger frothy off-white head. The nose is super crazy spicy, huge amounts of cinnamon, nutmeg, maybe some ginger, orange peel, and fairly heavy sweetness. The flavor is just as over loaded with spices as the aroma was showing. The cinnamon and ginger are so heavy they almost burn the tongue. The sweetness is even muted by the heavy spice, and I know that there’s a heavy and sweet malt base down there. Medium bodied with a sticky and clingy finish and lots of fizzy carbonation. Not an easy drinking beer, thankfully this one is only a 12 oz bottle.
akoeninger (489) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 15, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish, strong spiced aroma with hints of black pepper and ginger. Spiced and caramel malt flavor. Spicy after taste. Fully body. This beer is all spice but very good. It's not something you would drink a few of. Best drunk as part of winter celebrating and full festive meals as an after dinner drink.
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lstorie3 (20) - Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA - DEC 13, 2014
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a copper reddish with a very small slight off white head. Head dissipates rather quickly. Smell is cloves and banana and cinnamon and bubble gum. My God it smells like Christmas. Medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. The taste is very interesting. It was a good bit piney-er than I expected. A bit of alcohol warmth. Honestly, there’s a little too much going on tastewise - all the smells are represented in the flavor - maybe just a bit too much. Not really sure if I like the taste, but I know I like the smell a whole lot more.
mrmartin (707) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear brown red pour and no head. heavily spiced, cloves and piney hops nose
light, slightly sticky body.
bitter clean spiced finish
rougeau13 (2024) - Richmond, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2014 Deep clear reddish brown with a cream colored head. Aroma of pumpkin pie, clove, fig, berries, and pine. Taste is well spiced, malty and slightly sweet, just barely boozy, and a little bitter. Medium-full bodied. Very well done; lots of spice/holiday flavors without overdoing it or lacking the necessary backbone.
FemaleBrewRevu (4) - Troy, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap-Dark Amber in color. Cream colored one finger head. Wonderful cinnamon and nutmeg up front and a malty finish.