Narnad (1521) - Crystal Lake, Illinois, USA - MAR 17, 2013
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle says 7% OH.Pours a very, very hazy orange with a 2-2.5 inch tall creamy, ivory colored head. Aroma is not very appealing and actually smells a bit off with all of the spices present. Very strong clove mixed with the orange and anise makes a very unique but unappealing aroma as its way too spicy and almost no "beer" character comes through. Flavor matches the nose. Very strong clove up front followed by an intense orange/clove and light anise for the rest of the taste. The Munich and Fuggles present in this brew are completely lost on my palate. Body is light with a modest amount of carbonation. The brew does have great lacing left on the glass. Overall I didnít care for this beer one bit. The nose was a bit of a turn off and the flavor was too overpoweringly spiced to make it enjoyable. Maybe if this were drank in combination with some holiday sweets or dessert, it may of been a bit more palatable.
Deu (948) - Nantes, FRANCE - FEB 1, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at the Black Sheep in Dublin. Very strong aroma of cinnamon. Taste good but might get tiring. But I recommend it for 1
Nocturne (1951) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
330ml bottle. With the snow outside I couldnít have picked a better night to open this one. Pours out an orangey brown into my chalice and could pass as a Belgian with its fluffy, lasting head. Lots of nice spices and orange peel in the aroma. Saffron, cinnamon and anise amongst them. Smells green and leafy. Candied oranges and Turkish delight in the taste. Quite bready with a spice-filled ending. Pretty nice but I think Iíd prefer the same beer with darker malts.
Sizzler80 (502) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, rusty pour with a good frothy. Aroma: Christmas in a glass. Clove, cinnamon, apple, fig, malty caramel, hops. Taste: tart and sweet. An array of festive flavours with all of the above present on the palate.
culchiem (3842) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught. Cloudy red with a thin head. Tastes of Christmas, you name it its in there, curious as to what it would taste like warm
pellegjr (396) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of ACD, cheers Alex! Pours clean auburn with foamy meringue head, out-of-this-world aroma, fragrant from 3 feet away, candy, clove, nutmeg, some anise, citrus oils, a bit of rumminess, outstanding, flavor is a huge hit of orange peel accented by some lightly toasty malts, light and moderately thin body, finishes pretty sour, really very unique and enjoyable
garthicus (2920) - Dublin, IRELAND - NOV 21, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at The Brew Dock. Appearance: Ruby red, small off white head. Body somewhat cloudy. Aroma: amazing, cinnamon, Christmas pudding, pumpkin & roast squash with Christmas spices. Flavour: Bitter, flavour is slightly less Christmas-sy than the flavour but thatís a good thing, lovely balance of the spices and malts, again Christmas pudding and winter spices, cloves and cinnamon, Long sweet finish. Very nice indeed.
BeerItsNice (95) - IRELAND - OCT 11, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A dark red to copper colour with a small white head. Aroma of malts, citrus and spice with a flavour to match.
Beersiveknown (5205) - NORTHERN IRELAND - DEC 11, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A fair amount of cloves and ginger in this. Star anise less so. Warming but keeping the alcohol content well hidden.
onlyrocknroll (379) - Antwerp, BELGIUM - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Iím not a fan of spiced beers generally, so itís unlucky for 8 degrees that Iímm the first reviewer. However saying that this is quite nice. Rather than being big and crude the spice seems very tastefully balanced
Deep red approaching black with a small head. Sweet aroma with orange and indeterminate but lovely spice, neither cloves nor star anise seem to be obvious ingredients. The flavour reminds me of a gentle mulled wine. Sweet malts and fruity, the orange is lovely, the spice, hangs in the background. Fairly tight body, I must say Iím impressed.