Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Craft 31 in Williamsburg during a much needed surprise afternoon out with the wife. Poured medium amber brown. Aroma was caramel accented malts, a bit of nutmeg and ginger, faint pepsin. Flavor matches, very pleasantly surprised that the focus here was on the excellent base English Strong as opposed to the spicing, which lingered in the background and provided additional interest as opposed to overpowering. Delightfully well done.
radagast83 (7660) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t know what I was thinking drinking this at the start of August when it was nearly 100 degrees outside. But whatever. This beer instantly made me think of Anchor’s Our Special Ale. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. Aroma was holiday spices, light eggnog with notes of mint, coffee. Light gingerbread. Flavor was similar - dark brown sugar notes in this one too. Interesting.
argo0 (13778) - Washington DC, USA - MAY 30, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle, thanks Immy. Medium beige head atop clear chestnut brown body. Aroma is modertely sweet, caramel, nutmeg, light cherry. Taste is moderately sweet, molasses, nutmeg/allspice, some caramel, light cherry. Medium body, light stickiness.
nearbeer (5145) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - APR 18, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml. 11-25-2015 batch code, 7.3% abv not the 8% currently indicated here. Pour is clear chestnut with a lasting disc of foam. Aroma is clove, cinnamon, toasted pecan with brown sugar and a touch of banana. Flavors of clove, dark cherry, banana, caramel and nutmeg. Long finish has drying touches of walnut and cured tobacco. Medium body has a nearly smooth, medium carbonation and a surprisingly nice balance given all the sweet and spice dessert flavors.
hershiser2 (2609) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 12, 2016
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2015 version 7.3% abv. Bomber from Wine Warehouse. Pours hazy brown, almost no head. Smells of dark fruits, caramel, cinnamon, raisin, cherry... actually, let’s stop right there. This smells like a fruitcake. Taste is less pleasing than the aroma. Lager, bubblegum, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit. Eh.
tsd08460 (993) - Marshall, Virginia, USA - JAN 22, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel
Appearance: clear amber with a tan head
Taste: holiday spices, medium sweetness, medium bitterness,
Palate: medium body, slick feel, average carbonation, long finish,
nimbleprop (7867) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2016
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Fireworks Arlington pours a clear, garnet amber with some sticky, off white head. Nose has raisins, dried cherries, brown sugar, fruit cake, light spice, light boozy esters. Flavor follows right along, malt, brown sugar, raisin, plum, dried cherry, date, cake, spice, a little bubblegum. Finishes full bodied, oily and a little boozy. This is the kinda thing I usually don’t like, but I was really digging this.
Iphonephan (6612) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear mahogany with an ecru head. Aroma of
Christmas spices. Flavors of spice and toffee.
BrettTaylor (749) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from growler into snifter. Pours a dark orange with undertones of brown, one finger head that dissipates some but is pretty resilient and never goes completely away. Aroma is full of cinnamon, graham cracker, ginger, and hints of bourbon notes. Taste follows suit, but the ginger is more dominant than I’d prefer; with toffee and nutmeg round the late tastes out. Thick oily mouthfeel with medium finish.
Travlr (23024) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tenth rating of this bad boy. Draft at World of Beer. Hazy golden brown color, tan head. Aroma of cocoa and subtle spice. Taste is more spice forward, mostly nutmeg and cinnamon with warming alcohol. Good name for a Christmas beer.