Kleg (257) - The Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2016
12 oz can. Clear ruby red pour with a large khaki head and great retention. Decent lacing. Ugh, way too much Belgian yeast taste. Light spice. 7.9 ABV is well hidden. Pass.
dwyerpg (6187) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 31, 2016
A lot of nutmeg and cinnamon from the start. Brown in color, but a bit too Christmas spice heavy and ultimately sweeter than I’d prefer. jc1762 (1436) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Can into a snifter showing light bodied translucent caramel brown with very sparse latte foam around edges.
The nose shows lightly roasted malts with hints of tea, cinnamon, ginger, and a bit of nutmeg.
The palate is well carbonated and very light bodied. Immediate flavors of Christmas spice in the background (think cinnamon and ginger) but quickly subside with a moderately strong hoppy bitterness on the finish that is out of place and overpowers most of the other delicate flavors of the beer. Either way, it is a winter specialty beer, just not the best. StevieT (2013) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 6, 2016
From a can. The spice was a bit much for me personally but in colder weather I’d be a bit more into it. scarletfire65 (1466) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2016
Draft at Kasey’s Tavern in Chicago. A huge, boozy, spicy beer. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, bitter hops. Syrupy malt balanced by huge hops. Big, full body. Actually feels like more than 8%. The benchmark for a "winter warmer". Really truly needs to be sipped fireside. Excellent.
PhillyCraft (7229) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 18, 2016
Can, pours a reddish brown with a medium to larger creamy head. Light lacing. Smell and flavor are nutmeg, raisins, english malt, and other dark fruit and ready notes. Medium in body. Lots of spices being noticed, maybe too much Chadhami (138) - - NOV 18, 2016
A good one for a winter’s night. Spicey, on the heavy side. Great color when you put it in a glass. tfontana (976) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 6, 2016
Can pour into taster cup at One Stop Market 30th Anniversary. Appearance is fairly dark brown (dark cola), mild sparkle, tiny ring of white head, decent lacing. Aroma is fairly mild malt, spicy. Taste is fruity, earthy hops, spice (cinnamon? cardamom?). Palate is medium-to-full bodied with thick texture, average-to-lively carbonation and finish like taste (dark fruit/malt/light spice), mixed with yeast and bitter. Overall, there is some complexity here, which makes for an interesting beer. ganache (5903) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2016
Fresh can, ENJOY BY 02/18/17. Nose like a malty brown ale, pour too; murky mahogany in the glass with light ruby highlights and a very large and jiggly tan head -- perfect for this English pint. Taste very strongly spicy, or at least that’s the initial impression: nutmeg/oregano, nutty, raw alcohol seeping into a smooth but dull/flat medium body. Light bitterness very nice here, relatively dry on the whole with subtle roasting/toasting of the malt coming through, very light red berry, light caramel, strong raw cocoa nibs which last into hegemony in the aftertaste, and an unexpected slurry yeast component / touch of peanut butter (in flavor only). Something herbal dominating the back like mace or allspice. Very sticky lips. Overall, it fits the ’Warmer’ mold pretty well and doesn’t overdo the spices, but at the same time, it’s punching up a boring English base -- a lot more can be done with an English brown or porter. [2016.10.25: 3.1] mcox90 (2088) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 23, 2016
12 oz. can from The Beer Store. Poured a dark brown with reddish highlights and a one finger dense, creamy tan head. Aroma features light toffee with an amalgamation of spices. All light. Light sweetness on the flavor. Some toffee and vanilla with more faint spice. Medium bodied and soft on the tongue. I liked this. Nice "winter warmer" type beer without the heavy dose of spices.