jsquire (4148) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper color with a short lived khaki colored head. Nose of some cinnamon, nutmeg and Vic’s Vaporub. Very spicey holiday ale with lots of cinnamon, spice, caramel and brown sugar. Some odd medicinal sense in the background. Dusty spice finish. It drinks easier than 8%. This is a big, spicey winter seasonal.
rondphoto (4059) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of Christmas spice and malt (in that order). Clear bourbon colored deep amber, bubbly beige rim head, spots and dots of lace. Taste is malt that is immediately doused with a heavy dose of Christmas spice. The spice carries to a lightly hopped finish. Good, not great, pretty much a small dose brew.
TURDFERGUSON (4046) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours plum red with thin line of cream lace. Nose is full on spices, orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, spiced apple cider. Flavor is less pronounced than the nose, still spivey, light orange peel, booze, light cough drop finish. A solid winter warmer.
patrick767 (4010) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle - Pours clear amber with a rich fruity, spicy, malty aroma. The flavor is sweet with some alcohol, dark fruit, oranges, and plenty of spice including cinnamon and nutmeg. Good beer.
SSSteve (4006) - - 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.
thegreenrooster (4003) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is a murky brown with a small tan head. Aroma is loads of ginger with some other holiday spices. Flavor is more spice with a little star anise and ginger. Mouthfeel is very heavy and there is a dark candi sugar left on the tongue after this goes down. Decent spiced winter beer but way heavy though.
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
jbruner (3999) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an opaque brown from the bottle with dissipating, frothy tan head and light lacing. Aroma of spice, pine, and roasted malt. Taste follows, complex but not overwhelming. Goes down very smooth, with hints of cinnamon and dark chocolate and fruits on the back end. Much better than I was expecting.
stevoj (3933) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of pine forest, color is ruby with thin beige head. Somewhat soapy taste, piney notes, but above not readily apparent. Interesting take on a holiday beer.
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - JAN 25, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Beer 31 Asheville trip, also nipped off the wife’s sampler at Thirsty Monk. Medium amber. Aroma of potpourri. Flavor matched, just an awful cacophony of cinammon, nutmeg, clove, faint ginger, freakin’ Santa’s elves’ deodorant in a box levels of spicing. Some may like this. Others, like myself, feel like this is being trapped in a Yankee Candle store and held captive. Yikes. After that rant, wish I could have tried it mulled, that could have worked better. Oh yeah, we didn’t even finish the sample pour between the two of us.