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 Lion’s 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 it’s 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. It’s 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 that’s just me! Do what you want with it, but it’s certainly worth a try.
DandyWolfFloyd (617) - 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 (3093) - Cox’s 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 (1607) - Dunmore, 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 (676) - 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 (1943) - Manama, BAHRAIN - 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 (1691) - 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 (7940) - 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 (3435) - Lynchburg, 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 (208) - California, 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
cpetrone84 (1201) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 9, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a transparent ruby with orange tint and a loose bubbled light brown head. The nose has a strong underlying malt component with a fair bit of spice and mint. Nutmeg and cinnamon with a light sweetness. The taste has a deeper dark malt, a bit roasty and nutty. There is the same christmas spice with a fair bit of bitterness in the back with a lingering mint and mouthwash burn. The body is thick and has some graininess from left over sugars. The carbonation is a bit assertive and the finish is rarther bitey. Overall has too much sugar left over and some strong mintiness.