Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Princeton. I usually dont like this type of spiced beer- orange peel stuff, but with a nice big amber beer it works pretty well an dfits for the season. Pours a nicce clear deep amber with a nice small fluffy beige head- great lace as always (they have very clean glassware I think). Aroma has a lot of orange spice and peel/zest to it with a slight coriander spice- lots of sweet caramel and toasted malts. Fruity flavor with more orange peel, other winter spices, sweet malts, nutty, and hints of chocolate in the end. Good solid finish. Pretty good spiced winter beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Princeton. Pours amber orange with a diminishing of white head. Malty aroma with strong notes off spice- cinnamon, allspice, orange zest. Flavor is dominated by winter spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), along with juniper and pepper. Bitter finish with a mild dose of fusel alcohol. Not bad, but could use a bit more balance. Alcohol and spice overpower this for my tastes.
jcwattsrugger (12136) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
on tap-pours a tan head and amber color. Aroma is medium/light fermented fruit, sweet, spices. Taste is spices, medium/light fermented fruit, sweet. Lots of effervescence on the front of the tongue.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber color with a medium head and a spicy, fruity/citrusy aroma. Taste is sweet, spicy, but not overdone. Better than most winter ales that pound you with the spices and sweetness, but still a Spice/Holiday beer - for me this means there is a lower ceiling as far as my rating goes. Overall, a decent brew.
hopdog (11274) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the New Hope location. Poured a deeper amber / orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas dominated by spices (cinnamon and nutmeg). Tastes of spices (cinnamon & nutmeg), oranges and some caramel.
Probiere (992) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thankfully not overspiced! Better than some woefully bittered xmas ales I have had. Hints of orange, clove, allspice, and cinnamon. No nutmeg, curiously. A slightly honeyish background. Medium palate.
jdjuice (496) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - DEC 27, 2005
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Tap at Princeton. I had the sampler and this was by far the worst. Had a distinct NyQuil flavor, probably from poorly masked alcohol. Had no head compared to the other sampler beers. Left my tongue tingling. Very medicinal and not particularly good tasting. I think maybe the orange peel mixed with beer makes for the medicinal taste, and it isn’t pleasant.
jimmack (1223) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at New Hope. Hazy light brown color with a small beige head. Mild aroma of sweet baking spices(cinnamon, nutmeg) and little else. Spices come out more in the flavor, along with some sweet maltiness. Well made, but not my thing.
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap in Princeton. Light brown with a thick tan head. Good lace. Smell had orange, wine, caramel and gin and tonic. Quite interesting. Taste was pretty much the same and quite smooth for 7.5% alcohol. The palate was quite thick with a nice warming effect. This is one of Triumphs best I think.
Cornboy (424) - Eastampton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Orange peel, spices abound. Another beer to camp out at the door of Triumph for. A second batch to keep up with popularity was a saving grace for this big fan of the WW.
Cloudy pour, spices hit the nose but arent overpowering. This embodies what you expect from a winter beer. Wish I had a fireplace to complete this perfect memory....