Bockyhorsey (2607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewery. Cinnamon aroma doninates this brew. Dark amber body with tan head. Flavor is all cinnamon and maybe to much of a malt presence little heavy on the palate. In line with most holiday brews. Glad thay just tapped it at the brewery everytime I was at Papago last year this beer went fast and was out.
bigbeersrule (97) - USA - DEC 28, 2005
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow, this has to be a prototype for what a low alcohol Holiday beer should be. Lots of spices in the flavor and aroma, especially high in cinnamon. The beer was a nice brown color. Low in alcohol but big in flavor. Even though it has a lot of spice it is well balanced and you can drink glass after glass.
FlacoAlto (3676) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at the Brewpub
This beer sits in my glass a brilliantly clear, orangish tinged, amber colored brew. It is topped by a wispy pale tan colored head. The aroma is quite pronounced and redolent of baking spices. Cinnamon takes the lead role here, in fact the aroma reminds me of an atomic fireball jaw-breaker; the cinnamon pretty much drowns out any other aromatic notes.
The beer is lightly sweet, but more importantly the cinnamon is again the single largest flavor contributor. This makes this beer quite reminiscent of a cinnamon candy. Underneath are faint hints of malt (perhaps some caramel), maybe just a light dusting of herbal hops, along with a light bitterness in the finish. Despite the heavy handed cinnamon notes, I am actually enjoying this; it is an easily quaffable brew and I find that I am somewhat partial to the flavor.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Semi-dark reddish-brown color. Pleasant floral spicy nutmeg aroma. Light body, fairly smooth mouthfeel. Not an overbearing seasonal, a little too much on the nutmeg and ginger. Expected a more creamy flavor more body and balance. It does leave me a dry and wintery feeling though.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ Papago - Release 2004
The beer fresh from the tap a deep amber color with a creamy head that is modest in size and light tan in color, the lace a thick and clinging sheet that weld itself to the glass. The nose is cinnamon and nutmeg, coriander and sweet malt, quite a sweet treat for the nose. Start is sweet and thick with malt, the top middling in feel. Finish is mildly acidic and the personable in their spiciness, decent dry aftertaste and a nice change of pace.
ragesaq (70) - Arizona, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wow nobody has rated this yet. It is a local beer though. Had it at Old Chicago in Tucson on tap.
Apperance: burnt orange/coppery apperance, light head and light tan lacing. A fair amount of carbonation.
Aroma: A pale ale / light bitter with some spices mainly ginger. Interesting.
Palate: Light and sweet, playful and somewhat smooth.
Flavor profile: A simple pale ale with some hops, meaty malts and a bunch of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon come to mind and then the ginger. Lots of ginger, a little bit of whipped cream? An interesting concotion for sure.
Overall: Not a favorite, but definately different. It doesnít get more winter holidays seasonal than this, pretty good.