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 (250) - 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 (88) - 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 (2964) - 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 (596) - 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 (5343) - 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 (2290) - Quad Cities, Iowa, 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.
cheap (4015) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2012
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
$2 at marinos in sylvania. Pour is a darker brown. Just a plain old beery smell. Has this malty thing going on in there but not sure if I taste any of those spices so promently mentioned in the description. At first I don’t think it is 8% but as the session continues it starts to warm my belly and the alky feeling in theh mouth starts to buiild. Stronger alky taste increases as session continues. Now I think its 8%! Not sure what to think of this, its gets a little medicinal near the finish. Yes, cannot taste cinnamon, nor honey nor orange peel, just simple strong malty beer. A little over the top in personality for this lager lover.
jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color out of the bottle. Spicey nose with some orange peel and alcohol notes. Caramel sweetness, cinnimon and nutmeg. Warming alcohol and some orange flavors. Nice enough spiced beer.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is average and just a touch of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Cinnamon is strongest of the spices, followed by nutmeg and ginger with orange and lemon peel behind. Like caramel, moderate toastiness, and a pleasant neutral malt sweetness. Smell is good, but the spice could be a bit stronger.
3.5 T: Much like the nose, but the lemon peel is much easier to find giving a vibe of meringue pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are all moderately intense. Malts are toasty, somewhat sweet, and with a mild caramel character.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation. Otherwise, average here and not particularly creamy.
3.5 D: I liked this beer. Solid enough example of a wintry treat.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2011 00:21:42