phaleslu (7173) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear ruby-amber with virtually no head. Aroma of rosemary, pine, sweet malts, and cherry. Flavor of ginger, pepper, rosemary, gingerbread, dried fruits, and a hint of honey. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel. Decent winter ale.
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a medium brown with little head. Smells of rosemary and black pepper. Well balanced taste. Not too sweet with a tinge of bitterness on the way down. Nice winter beer
DoublEE (783) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer poured a dark amber which was clear and sparkling and had a loose but plentiful head atop it. Aroma was of holiday spice...nutmeg, all-spice, and maybe a touch of cinnamon. Flavor was also spicy, but also offered a hefty dose of maltiness that was neither overly sweet nor cereal-y. Mouthfeel was a bit thick and appropriate. I thought this beer to be quite good.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A Christmas Ale from the Brew Kettle in Strongsville Ohio. A nice spicy note on the nose, with cinnamon and citrus peel, with subtle amber and honey notes. Pours a nice brown with a thin head, goes down easy and finishes crisp and clean. Great!
mcnealc31 (255) - Elida, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Color is on the darker side of amber. Aroma is more citrus and less spice than I anticipated. The taste leans on the citrus side, too. Lots of orange and even some lemon peel. Spices are noticeable in the background with cinnamon and fresh ginger. In this, the warmth comes not from the spices, but from the 8% ABV. The booze in this one will sneak up on you!
Haven’t had a Winter Warmer quite like this. Definitely citrus dominant rather than spice dominant, but it’s rather tasty.
beeratarian (138) - cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
As much as I love TBK. I was very unimpressed with this one. Aroma medicine and a little clove and ginger. Barely any head for a fresh ale. Flavor is flat sub-par beer with so many Xmas ales out there.
JStax (3408) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a brandy snifter. Pours a translucent brown with a beige head of foam that fizzles away almost immediately. The aroma is very sweet with notes of honey and cloves coming through. The taste is a muted sweetness with some doughy, nutty characteristics shining over the spices. Very full bodied and thick on the tongue.
mikesaum (610) - Newark, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red color with almost no head, but what is there is thin tan. Aroma is barely there, some malt and a bit of honey and spices, but nothing overpowering. Taste is slightly boozy, a bit of honey, Some spices, but just missing alot of character, thin body, disappointing.
b3shine (6213) - Indiana, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle to pint. Looks solid; a transparent orangish-brown with off-white lacing. Smells of honey, cinnamon, and orange. Tastes the same with a bit of ginger. Good on the palate; the abv is undetectable. A solid example of the style.
cbfobes (2610) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle thanks to JStax, pours a clear amber with a thin white head and no lacing, aroma is of slight spices with a little bit of caramel and malt, the flavor has a decent amount of spices and malt on the front end with a sweet finish, not bad at all.