SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - NOV 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark nutty brown color with minimal head. Nose is somewhat fruity with nutty and caramel flavors. Palate is a little stingy with some medium mouthfeel. Flavors of sweet sticky caramel, spicy Xmas notes like ginger? Cherries? Nutmeg?
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
chandler0201 (647) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 22, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown with a decent head and a lot of lacing on the pour. Aroma of a lot of malts and spices, mostly nutmeg and just general nuttiness. Flavor was more nutmeg, allspice, and some slight citrus hops though very muted. Slightly spicy and watery finish. Video review here:
BeerdedDave (626) - - JAN 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
deep red color; spicy aroma - citrus, dark fruit, cinnamon, and an underlying caramel malt; lots of spice notes in the flavor - figs, citrus, cinnamon, nutmeg, mollases; fairly bitter; caramel malt background
Slipstream (2096) - USA - JAN 18, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A well balanced and very enjoyable Christmas season ale. Plenty flavorful, with clove, cinnamon, allspice, and figs. Sweet and spicy at first, but the flavor dries out some on the palate. This one hits the goldilocks zone. Other people must have thought so too because it quickly sold out everywhere I saw it. Another fine Southern Tier release.
Arcadia (49) - DeLand, Florida, USA - JAN 17, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from ABC. Pours a dark muddy brown with a thin off-white head with some fantastic lacing. Aromas are light roasted malts and some citrus hops - mostly orange, which comes through very nicely on the taste. Really sweet throughout with a nice long finish; pretty full bodied and oily. Quite good. Acquire.
williamstome (1035) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ruddy pour, minimal offwhite head. Aroma of figs, fruit, spices, and pine. Flavor is spruce, figs, orange, spices, cloves, nutmeg. Christmas tree in a bottle. Tasty, if a little too sweet.
trapped (939) - New York City, TURKEY - JAN 13, 2015
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Blind Pig. Dark amber with reddish tint, medium creamy beige head, strong spicy aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg flavors, low carbonation, very spicy taste with strong cinnamon presence, long finish with a bitter aftertaste. Very glogg-like indeed! It was too un-beer-like for me.
GreatDane1632 (657) - USA - JAN 11, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rated based on notes taken on 26 Dec 2014 -- Sample poured from the bottle. A very well spiced winter ale, but other than that a little unremarkable.
lownote (131) - USA - JAN 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from bottle into a tulip glass l. Light brown with hints of red with a thick brownish head. Smells spicy. And a little malty. Taste is a punch of spices: cinnamon, Christmas like stuff. Get a bit of citrus but it’s light. Not sweet. Thin mouth feel. Sharp carbonation. Just feels overly spiced.
chucklemation (593) - Pontiac, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark mahogany with a small white head. Aroma is lots of spices and some caramel. Flavor is sweet fig and spices. The spices are heavy, but don’t overpower the beer. This is very well done and tasty.
dyetube (1218) - McKinney, Texas, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from market street. Pours a reddish brown color with a thin white head. The aromas are bergamot, fig, cinnamon. The mouthfeel is watery, sweet and had a medium body with good carbonation. Cheers!