NeroFiddled (105) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The Lionís Stegmaier Holiday Warmer pours a clear deep chestnut body with an orange cast beneath a creamy head of light tan. The head drops fairly readily, and not much lacing is left behind.
Notes of delicate spice, fruit, and vanilla welcome you in the nose, beckoning you to partake.
In the mouth itís medium bodied and gently crisp with a fine-bubbled, median carbonation.
The flavor offers a velvety blanket of sweetish and fruity caramel-laced malt that sparkles with delicate spice. Itís rich but not overpowering, and displays delicate notes of cherry, wood, and spice. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry and woody with a splash of alcohol and a swirl of sublime spice.
Overall this is a remarkably tasty, clean, and exciting specialty offering with an intriguing complexity and sparkling balance. It would be perfect with any holiday meal, or even the dessert afterwards (mmmm... I could really see it with some rich, dark chocolate cake); and could even fit in just hanging with the guys during a game or out on the back porch in the cold. I personally enjoyed it in the warmth of my cozy "special" chair while watching the Arthur Rankin Jr. & Jules Bass claymation classic version of "Rudolph The Red-nosed Reindeer", but thatís just me! Do what you want with it, but itís certainly worth a try.
Darkmagus82 (2233) - - MAY 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA rated 1-17-12 -
Poured from bottle into tulip glass.
Appearance - Pours a beautiful mahogany red color with a off white head that complements the look of the beer nicely. The head diminished with almost no lacing.
Smell - Malty and cherry are the most potent. Some spices like nutmeg and cinnamon work their way in at the end of the aroma as well as a potent boozy aroma.
Taste - The taste profile highly matches the aroma. A sweet malty flavor at first with a bit of dried fruit following up and taking the middle of the taste profile, although not as much cherry as would be expected. The spices of nutmeg and cinnamon come in but are soon overpowered by some booziness that warms the mouth (as well as the body).
Mouthfeel - A fairly middle of the range body feel with a very nice level of carbonation.
Overall - For the price a quite nice holiday brew. It does as its name implies, warms you up a bit, although maybe showing a little to much of an alcohol taste. One to have around the winter months on occasion.
DandyWolfFloyd (1017) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 15, 2014
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma - is minimal a little spice and malt
Appearance - a reddish color w/ a thin white ring.
Taste - is spices of x-mas and malt
Palate - is lingering alcohol warming
Ok, nothing special
Patrickctenchi (5870) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 28, 2013
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours deep, murky, red-brown with a short tan head.
Caramel, spice aroma.
Flavour is flat cola, caramel, fruit....
A little flat, and a little off.
Leafs93 (2070) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours dark amber with a small beige head that dissipated very quickly to just a film. Aroma is floral, spice and caramel. Lots of caramel. Taste is almost overly sweet with a weird spicy bitterness. Was a little messy for my tastes.
abcfan (902) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Eh....pours caramel with an off white head. Aroma is sweet malts. Taste is malt, with some spice. Slight hop bite in finish.
Capa (2597) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Deep amber with a white head. Aroma has light spices, toasted caramel malts, and a bit of sweet fruit. Medium smooth body. Flavor is similar. The dull spice layer kinda kills it though. Decent enough but not doing it for me.
zathrus13 (1763) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 15, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours copper/red, with a white head. Aroma is fruit, spices, caramel, and malt. Flavor is spices, caramel, malt, fruit, and hops. Alcohol is pretty well hidden. Medium to light body.
Drake (11499) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 8, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market Charlottesville. Pours a clear dark red color with a large frothy tan head. Decent head retention. Aroma of toasted malts, nuts, caramel and a bit of a soapy note. The taste is bitter with notes of hops. burnt sugar, soy and spice. Medium bodied with assertive carbonation. A weird one for sure.
obguthr (5488) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2011
1.6 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Sweaty gym sock and butterscotch smell. Clear brown, thin head. Barley and butterscotch flavor. Fizzy. Meh.
p1meatloaf (256) - Corvallis, Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bought from sahara mart. Chocolate dark thick fluffy and good. Overall 6 of 10