CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 23, 2008
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Pours a transparent bright orange copper with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of ginger and cinnamon with light fruity tartness, doughy yeast and a touch of sauerkraut. Body starts thin and lightly sweet with some mild tartness and drier toasty malts and ginger spice. An ok winter warmer, but would be better without the tartness.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I had this on-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville, and I was genuinely impressed. I’m not the biggest fan of this style, but I thought this example was true-to-style yet very approachable and drinkable.
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 cinammon. 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.
Tmoney99 (9975) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Brew Kettle. Poured dark amber hue with a moderate creamy off-white head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Moderate spicy citrus aroma. Medium body with a thin smooth texture. Moderate sweet spicy flavor and an average sweet finish of moderate duration. Interesting drinkable spicy brew.
brentfeesh (1207) - Gadsden, Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle. Pours caramel color with no head. Lightly sweet aroma with notes of orange peal and spice. The flavor is most enjoyable. Lightly sweet malt laced with strong spiced orange peal and other holiday treats like nutmeg or cinnamon. Medium body with light carbonation. Semi-dry finish. I liked it.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks Joel. Light copper color with a small swirl of light beige bubbles adrift on top. Aromas of apples and mace. Flavors of mild cinnamon and malt. Rather sharp bit of spice.
1FastSTi (3271) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Via Joel. Labeled as Brew Kettle Holiday Spiced Ale - bomber from the brewery, December 2005. Pours to a light amber/chestnut body with a thin off-white/gray head. The aroma is baked apples, cinnamon, and mace. Pie crust. The flavor is a lightly spicy baked apple pie with Christmas spices. The palate is mouth watering, medium-light bodied.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 26, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Labeled as Brew Kettle Holiday Spiced Ale - bomber from the brewery, December 2005. Translucent amber bronze in color with an icy grey enclave forming a sheaf for the head. Spiced is right. Green cardamom and nutmeg waft up the nose, followed by applewood, cinnamon and ginger root attacking prophetically as well. Cleansing cotton proclamations are ringing post eminently. Pine chips, mildew and morning glory bridge the nose to mouth. Ginger grahams and spiced ginger apple chews liven the amber based body. Cardamom and cotten-esque traits lay down cola and caramel popcorn apathy, sprinkled with nutmeg for additional spice emphasis. Mulled spicing; in fact, all I think, all I feel, is spice. Subtly carbonated, mild-mannered body, and a pumpkin bread crossed with glazed gingerbread cookie flavored finish.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the pub, 12/3/05. They were guessing that this version was 9.0%, but still served in a generous pint glass. Honey and spices in the aroma (ginger/cinnamon). Taste was moderately thick with a strong honey sweetness competing with the spice and woody hops; some nice bitter orange peel flavors too.
presario (4522) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
SS Kujo9 sent me a bottle (thank you) although my bottle doesn’t say Redneck and has a picture of a fireplace rather than a bird. The label states that it is brewed with cinnamon, honey and orange peel. Colour is orange-amber. Thick head that sinks down quickly. Large honey starting aroma steps back to let the vanilla through while a gentle orange scent plays hide and seek. Not as carbonated as Kujo9’s draft version., maybe they took his advice. Medium bodied with a trace of honey-syrup. Spices are very restrained playing hop scotch on the tongue. Light fruit and vanilla flavours predominate creating a refreshing drink.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bought this bottle at the brewery. Pours a clear, dark ruby brown with a good-size too dark for off-white, too light for khaki head. The aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon, maybe nutmeg and some clove. Luckily, this is backed up by enough malt to not quite be overpowering. The spice is equally strong in the flavor, but again the malt (brown sugar and spice cake, honey) helps keep the spices in check, almost. Could benefit from some aging to mellow the spices, but still great for style.