elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 8, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber brown, with a foamy beige head that dissipates and leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of raisin and berries, sweet overall. Taste is warming, with malts dominating and some hoppiness. Alcohol is definitely front and center with dried fruits and spiciness providing much of the flavor. Some sourness and a little hoppy bitterness, but extremely drinkable and warming. Mouthfeel is lively, even a bit sharp, with tingly carbonation. In sum, an awesome beer, perfect for th season.
markwise (4545) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from ABC Clermont. Pours a red-brown with a tan head. Nose is spice, toast, ginger, and slight tobacco. Flavor is similar with toast, tobacco, sweet ginger, spice, and lingering mild earthy bitterness. Light to medium in body and nice overall.
Westchesterco (1112) - mclean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from a bottle it is a dark brown with a slight head. The aroma is boozey and the taste is spicey like cinnamon and cloves with a taste of bourbon that resonates on the palate
Iphonephan (3643) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a dark cola with an ecru head. Nutty aroma. Flavors of allspice and cloves with some smoky nuts. Bitter finish.
gururyan (635) - Stillwater, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2014 Smokey and smoooooove....just like a "festive ale" should be. Warming and snugly, this brew is the best one on tap.
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Fritz123 (1123) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Nick at da Pig in Boca. Pours a deep brown into small snifter. Not much head. Aroma is not overwhelming but spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, anise), chocolate, nuts, and plums. The taste is malty with the cinnamon and anise flavors, chocolate, booze, and dark fruits. Thick mouth, boozy finish, light carbonation. I sometimes struggle liking this style of beer but the mildness of the flavors makes this good.
zizzybalubba (1503) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Chesapeake, VA. Dark brown cola-like pour with a thin khaki head. Aroma of light chocolate, sweet malt, and faint cinnamon. Taste is good with the spices being apparent but not overwhelming. Chocolate, cinnamon, and ginger are the primary flavors noted. Not sure exactly how to classify this one but itís a nice beer.
Aholmb1 (123) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: slightly translucent dark brown black color with tan head, inch head when poured
Aroma: cinnamon malt, light scent
Taste: caramel cinnamon
Palette: slight tang and bitterness at end
Overall: this is a very warming winter beer very good flavor
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Steasy66 (995) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2012 bottle at Good, Bad, Ugly tasting 2014. Malted milk ball aroma, so Iím already out. Flavor is weak, watery, like a flattened bad barleywine.
Jgrant1 (1) - - NOV 7, 2014 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím not the most sophisticated beer drinker so take it for what itís worth. Aroma is quite ordinary for an ale. Good dark brown hue, taste is very neutral given the stated 8.5 abv. You could easily down several of these before you realize they are quite potent. Taste of a dark malt & caramel. Not very memorable but it will get you there. Purchased at Publix in Canton, Georgia.
slowrunner77 (6089) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 26, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
"This ale pours a deep brown with hunts of roasted malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. Body is a bit thin but not too bad...just doesnít quite support the favors enough. Overall, a decent spiced ale for a nice spring day. Shared at a birthday party- thanks Lou."