ARH (1118) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 19, 2014 On tap, poured into a sampler glass. Spice aromas are noticeable off the pour, including cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with secondary notes of citrus and caramel. The oily, clear caramel-copper beer is topped by a medium, dense, white ring with surface wisps and leaves at light lace. The taste is a medium sweet and medium light bitter. The texture is syrupy with a fizzy carbonation and a medium, spicy body containing flavors of caramel, spicy orange with a spice and citrus crescendo at the finish. Very clean, spice aftertaste that’s light and short; very pleasant finish and aftertaste for a Christmas brew.
DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
4oz on tap at Barleys on Dublin. Clear golden orange color. Thin off-white head. Leaves ridge and spots of lace. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Lightly slick. Spice, and some earthy piney spicy hop. Light to moderate bitter, light to moderate sweet. Not as sweet as your typical winter ale, not as dark, kind of hoppy, but mild overall. I guess that makes sense, since they’re calling it a golden ale. Interesting, using a golden ale as the base for a winter beer is pretty unique.
Shot (486) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Barley’s Smokehouse. Light copper color with a very thin head that dissipates completely. Aromas of cinnamon, brown sugar and a hint of citrus. Flavors are bread and muted cinnamon, clove, honey and just a bit of citrus. Crisp mouthfeel. Good ale.
LilBeerDoctor (3824) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Barleys Smokehouse. Pours a clear ruby orange with a thin white head. Aroma of lots of spices including ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet malt. Less ginger and other spices. Ok Christmas ale- very sweet and heavily spiced.
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - JUL 30, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cinnamon and spice and everything nice about a Christmas ale, just a little past its prime
Imaena (2280) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. Wow this is a spicy beer. Like taking a shot of nutmeg. It is good for the season but be ready to a flavor explosion.
chibuck (3511) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours an orangy copper color with a light white head, light carbonation.
The aroma is light nutmeg, cinamin, pine and alcohol.
The taste is light and delicate which is good because with the aromas this beer could be really overwhelming. The taste you get are a lots of tart pine and alcohol dominating with nutmeg mixed in there.
The beer is too watery and not very drinkable.
Overall a decent spiced winter beer.
JaBier (7289) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Smokehouse. Pours a clear amber with a minimal off-white head. Spicy aroma of cinnamon, clove and ginger. Lots of cinnamon flavor mixed with a bit of tartness, followed by the ginger and clove flavors. Medium finish.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - JAN 29, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Pours a coppery color with a smallish white head. Aroma is ginger, ornage peel, clove, cinnamon, Flavor is again orange zest, clove, ginger, cinnamon, light caramel. Palate is medium bodied, medium carbonation, finished spicy and sweet. Not very well balanced, soso.
ultraspank (867) - Alverca, Lisboa, PORTUGAL - DEC 29, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had a night of debauchery out with Robert and Rick. We started at the Smokehouse. This was my second selection, actually I finished Robert’s, he didn’t like it. Toasty nose of butterscotch and caramel - very appealing. The brew is clear copper. The NO2 off white head is of course uber creamy with a sheet of lace. The flavor is very toasty with moderate spice and acidity. The finish is long and very pleasant. The full body is creamy and very soft. The finish feels clean.
Earlier Rating: 11/28/2002 Total Score: 3.7
Had this off the tap. Stellar nose of predominately ginger and cinnamon. Pours a clear ruby with a thin but creamy white (tap) head. Tastes very complex and warm with no shortage of sweetness and spicyness. Acidity is moderate with a strong citrus presence. Finishes overwhealmingly cinnamonish. The medium oily body is fizzy and finishes alcoholic.