drfabulous (3848) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at The Beer Trappe. Spicy X-mas ale with traces of nutmeg and all the other stuff. Amber. Malty. Ok.
ben4321 (3800) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Oak Tree, 11/28/12
Aroma: The nose is mostly winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), with some malty and fruity notes
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear dark reddish color with minimal head and absolutely no lace
Flavor: Tastes a lot like the nose, with a strong spice component, is lightly sweet and lightly bitter
Palate: The body is medium-plus, with an average-to-lively carbonation, and a dry, spicy finish
I found this one to be a solid, spice forward, offering. It wasn’t an absolute favorite of mine, but it had some nice components. From a categorization standpoint, I personally would probably call it a Spice/Herb/Veggie, but I guess you can’t go wrong sticking something in the catch-all American Strong category.
jkwood04 (3793) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep amber with a thick, beige head. Aroma of spices and fruit cake, plus a little caramel malts and floral notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. Interesting, but not for me.
wlajwl (3765) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aroma and flavor is spices, very medicinal, similar to mouthwash and not again.
SSSteve (3736) - - NOV 3, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle. clear red under a small, cream colored head. inviting spiced nose with cinnamon, orange peel on top of dark fruits. light astringency at first, but quickly fades into malty sweet goodness. the spices are potent with noticeable bitter orange peel. nutmeg is also quite bossy. bitterness also fades as it warms. floral, perfumey hints in the finish. medium-full body. another classy ST beer.
solidfunk (3660) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells pretty decent. A big improvement from the Great Lakes Christmas I had earlier. Aromas of ginger and lots of clove. Pours red clear with a little lacing. Palate is watery but spices are well integrated. Taste isnt overly sweet. Works well. On tap at Blue Monk.
Nate (3648) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at 3R6P. Holiday spice aroma, with coriander, allspice, and nutmeg. Light hop component, medium sweet. Deep dark copper amber clear with thin creamy lacing head. Medium body with medium-high carbonation. A little warming. Starts moderately sweet with lots of holiday spice flavor, sweet nutty finish. Medium bitterness in the after with lingering spices.
jkwalking05 (3640) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Dark brown with an average cream colored head. Aroma is of cinnamon, anise, clove, chestnut, and toffee. Taste is of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and nuts.
nearbeer (3613) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a lasting small spit of bubbles. Nose is nutmeg, sharp cardamom and clove, and maybe some spruce resin. Taste is a big overdose of cardamom, clove, licorice and other spices. Long after taste shows some nice hints of citrus, resin and molasses and is the only tolerable part of the beer. Unfortunately the front taste is such a spice bomb that it couldn’t even be blended into another beer to save them both. Worst winter seasonal ever.
SHIG (3555) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle: Poured a murky brown with an off white to tan head. Aroma is spicy and herbal. Taste is a mess of herbal cough medicine, sweet malts, and evergreen tree finish.