Beerhunter111 (13996) - Hasborn, GERMANY - JAN 29, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Many thanks to Erzengel for sharing!
Pours slightly hazy orange brown colour with a small creamy beige head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, dark malt, pumpkins. Taste of intense spicy malts, cinnamon, ginger, orange, pumpkins.
Tmoney99 (12991) - 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.
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 9, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Source: Tasting, Cellar Party
Appearance: hazy amber, wispy beige head,
Aroma: sweet and spicy aroma with a honey sweetness balanced by winter spices,
Body: big body,
Flavor: lots of sweet honey flavor, nice cinamon and ginger blends well with the honey, light spices,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 11/20
Dogbrick (10714) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/10/2011. The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of cinnamon, malt and fruit. Medium body with a sweet spiced character of ginger and cinnamon, plus flavors of caramel malt and a touch of fruit. The finish is sweet molasses and ginger. Above average overall.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 12oz bottle, ABV listed as 8.0%. Deep ruby red color, light khaki head, good lace. Very drinkable and tasty! Texture is perfect - light smooth carbonation, some dryness. Very easy to drink in gulps if desired. Delicious light sweet taste that stands out from the spice, must be the "sleigh-load of honey". The citrus notes work great with the spices, a really great holiday ale overall. Iím very impressed. You would never guess the 8% ABV from the taste. Outstanding. 8/4/9/5/17
Re-rate, 11/8/14: 12oz bottle. Iím trying to re-rate a few winter ales this year, and this one is a prime candidate considering itís been 3 years, it was one of the first winter beers I ever rated and loved, and itís one of my highest-ever scored beers. I always remembered this fondly as a fantastic winter choice, not itís time to see if it holds up since my frame of reference and experience around beer has expanded. ABV is still listed as 8%. 24 IBU. Mostly clear, sort of darker red color. Thin off-white kind of bubbly head, some bits of lace. Some cherry, berry, and honey that is pretty pleasing. Light to moderate spice. Some piney hop and orange citrus. A little bit more of a spicy edge than I remember, moderate plus sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Hint of an acidic bite to it. A solid winter beer overall, and interesting with the addition of honey, orange peel, and ginger, but not quite as magical or quaffable as I remember it being. Glad I revisited.
BVery (9172) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Lizardville Rocky River. Clear amber pour with basically no head. The cinnamon, honey, and orange are all very present in their individual components. Pretty cool how easy it is to pick each out in this one. A little bit of caramel sweetness at the back end of the taste. Tasty stuff.
phaleslu (8969) - 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.
douglas88 (7956) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red/brown color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of cinnamon and some caramel. The flavor is smooth and tasty; sweet earthy spices, some oranges, fresh very spicy but not over the top. The oranges and ginger make it very fresh and drinkable. Nice.
b3shine (7655) - 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.
CaptainCougar (7133) - 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.