Stew41 (2066) - Phuket, THAILAND - APR 29, 2012
Would have picked as an off-beat pale ale if drunk blind. Very well made; balanced and elegant in the extreme, even if the ABV is only 6.5%. Clean hops keep the beer zingy and sharp but there’s an unusual farmyard biscuity finish that I can only assume comes from the cinnamon and figs. Great session beer. monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 31, 2011
Was expecting a more unique, original beer. But didn’t really end up having that much flavor. Thought the figs would give a very interesting flavor, but it is actually pretty muddy. Disappointed.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Amber pour. Light tan head. Caramel malt, honey, spices and fruit. Flavor has cinnamon, allspice, honey, and a bit of hops. Not bad. otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2011
Appearance: deep garnet and cherry woods. A khaki head fades into a thin collar of lingering bubbles which try to crawl up the sides of my glass. Swirls thicker.
degbert (1776) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUN 4, 2015
Nose: dark fruit forward with cinnamon in the back; meaty and moist. Crisp along the edges – apple skins. Dried figs and prunes. Earthen wood and fire in the background. Cinnamon is very subtle. Mulling spices and apples.
Palate: ooh – yummy. Medium weight, soft, bready. Fruitiest in the middle – figs, prunes, and pressed apples. Brisk. Essence of fall leaves, apple peel, and cinnamon sticks. Dry along the edges – fall leaves, earth, dirt. Not overly complex but damn good. Silky mouthfeel. Pears join the apples – juicy. Clean finish. Figs in the middle with dried raisins and prunes. Cinnamon is an essence.
Final Thoughts: wow. Baird Brewing always impresses. Always. I think part of that for me is the indigenous aspect – many flavor profiles are totally new and therefore totally intriguing, puzzling, and thrilling all at the same time. A fantastic beer.
Bottle. Pours a vibrant amber-red with a high, mixed-grain, pillowy, off-white head. Nose is dark fruit, spice, brown sugar, and orange; the aroma is like a very good Sangria. The front of the tongue is about vanilla and spices; the fig doesn’t come in until the midpalate, where the taste widens out into a smoother, more mulled flavor. The spice is gentle and well integrated, and the finish is long and warm with more of a boozy edge. Very good, and quite restrained for a beer like this.
GuideDogSaint (1718) - Xiamen, CHINA - FEB 7, 2017
Sampler on tap at Liquid Laundry, Shanghai. Pours hazy mid brown with a thin white head. Aroma of cinnamon and fruit. Fruity taste. Sweet finish. Quite pleasant. lamas (1651) - Washington DC, USA - MAR 24, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a murky amber color with a smallish tan head. A sweet and malty aroma that features some figs and cinnamon along with a hint of booze. Medium-bodied. The flavor starts with plenty of sweet caramel, brown sugar, figs, and dark fruits. Some biscuity qualities and an earthiness follow. A touch bittering at the end. Tongue tingling cinnamon is present throughout. Not too shabby. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
Very nice and flavorable Christmas ale. A good mix of holiday spices, cinnamon being the most prominent. Rich color deserving of the resulting taste. A bit of pepper on the backend finish. Would only like to see (taste) a bit more malty backbone. That’s a nitpick tho -- overall this is pretty solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone highlandlad (1480) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - MAY 19, 2008
Another in a fascinating raft of unusual Japanese beers generously supplied to an Australian RB gathering by TimE. This Japanese take on a Christmas ale left me scratching my head in between writing notes like "peculiar" and "fucking weird". Burnt umber with a shallow head. Highly spiced aroma - cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and limes. Oily body. Strange mix of flavours, like a spiced lime shandy. Cinnamon again but dominated by strong citrus. The combination didn’t really work for me but it probably suffered from being poured in the midst of a long session. Would like to try again. (Bottle at Sully’s 2007 RB Sydney Xmas gathering) nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JUN 25, 2009
Bottle from Sun Devil. Pours a brilliant shade of amber with a frothy tan head that leaves plenty of lacing. Smells hot with added notes of cinammon and fig, as advertised -- almost like a cherries jubille made with figs. Tastes predominatly of Honeycomb cereal, raisins, powdered creamer, cocoa beans, and sherry. Thin in consistency and dry on the palate, but a nice brew regardless.