Scipio (1305) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2018 Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - APR 1, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A beer like this is built on the belief that sweet n’ hot spices like cinnamon and clove will contrast with caramel malt in a satisfying way like hops can. Any spiced beer steps far enough out of the mainstream to make it hard to rate. On first pour I didn’t think the additive went well with the sweet malt aroma, but found that it quickly mellows out. After a few initial sips this beer feels like a heavy strong English ale. It has the appearance of one of those premixed black and tans. The body is unfortunately too thin for what the beer intends. This makes it about as easy drinking a a strong spiced beer can be. So it has FDR painted on the can. This is a brewer all wound up in nostalgia.
Pours black with a medium, lingering, off white head. The nose finds roasted malt, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, and some subtle molasses and raisin. Its a bit lacking actually. The taste is dry. Its big on cinnamon and nutmeg, along with hazelnut, caramel, and hints of licorice. The finish is a weaker though lingering cinnamon. Its medium in body and has a kind of thicker texture. I guess this one is fine, but it isn't really anything special. Foxbush (2167) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2018
Draft at Buzz and Ned's The ale poured a dark amber color with an off white head and lacing. The aroma had mixed hints of sweet malts and cinnamon. The ale has a medium body ale with soft carbonation. The flavor is hard to pin down. You detect raisins and brown sugar. There is more cinnamon and other spices mixed in. The finish is clean with no aftertaste. dakerley (9) - - DEC 12, 2017 does not count
Reminds me 100% of the Holiday season. The aroma has some great notes of nutmeg.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Voodoo (720) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2017
Pours a dark ruby red brown with a pillowy off white head which lingers a while......aroma is nut brown type ale traits with very light cinnamon, nutmeg.....taste is quite smooth, malty, nice bittering, various spices with none dominating. HourGlass13 (1108) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2017
Pours up a clear dark amber with a small beige head and some decent lacing. Aroma is malty with nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is malty, with caramel, slightly sweet. Body is medium with average carbonation and an almost syrupy mouthfeel. Good stuff!!
Mattyjay (7) - - OCT 24, 2017 does not count
Can Vero Beach Fl ABC. Pours a beautiful deep red amber, very little head and no lacing. Packed aroma with lots going on, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pine, roasted nuts. Tastes of pumpkin fallowed by cinnamon chocolate gramcracker. Cakes (500) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2017
Twelve ounce can. Solid lacing. tastes of malts, nutmeg, graham cracker, and some spices. I don't know about a "fireside" chat, but a few of these and they will find you chatting to yourself. A nice winter spice ale that I even enjoyed on a Indian Summer late October day. oobawa (1914) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 27, 2017
Decent winter warmer, a modest English brown that never goes overboard with the seasonal spices. Toffee and nuts mix with restrained cinnamon and nutmeg notes, and the finish stays unexpectedly bitter. Gingerbread nose seems a bit weak, but the pour's pretty enough and the texture's nice and full, hearty enough for a winter seasonal. Not bad. DrnkMcDermott (3193) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 2, 2017
Can at Mariano’s Westmont. Turns out this was from Oct. 2016. But the server said there’s a guy who keeps asking for it, so they’ve kept it on hand. In fact, it seems to have held up pretty well. Dark, reddish-brown pour under a tan head. Smell has a nice note of Christmas beer spices like cinnamon and possibly coriander. I think there’s some wheat malt in this, too. The spice is obvious but not overwhelming. Rather pleasant. The high abv seems to have kept it in shape. bwy (106) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
We were surprised but easily made it into one of our favorite winter seasonals.