zoucrew102 (1880) - - FEB 12, 2016 maltdog (626) - New Mexico, USA - JAN 10, 2014
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
2013 bomber. Clear teak pour, thin tan head. Smells of clove and red hots; also hints of butter flavored crisco, rose petal and brettanomyces. Malty-ish flavor at first with just a little bit of spice… then a really weird, rough bitter taste. Soapy. Astringent. Some tarry licorice/molasses in the finish. Tastes a whole lot like rust, even into the long-lasting aftertate. Clove is the dominant spice throughout, but it’s actually not overpowering. Palate leans toward watery and has almost no carbonation, plus a gritty-chalky texture. This nasty beer ruined Christmas.
Bomber, thanks Dad! Spicy aroma with notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg with some caramel and nutty esters as well. Pours caramel brown colored with a thin tan head that had ok retention and lacing. Starts with with nutty and caramel flavors. Finishes smooth with the above spices with ginger being the most prominent that lingers on the palate. Pretty good Christmas ale. snoworsummer (5698) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2015
From a bomber. Pours nut brown with a fizzy beige head. Tastes like mild spice, sweet roasted malt, some chocolate, and dry toast. Light body and low carbonation. Smells like sweet roasted malt, nutty, light spice. sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours copper. Aroma is bready and toasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and faint vanilla. Flavor is malt forward with a hefty dose of spices and faint hop character. Medium body. George999 (457) - Colorado, USA - DEC 22, 2014
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2015 Aroma from the bottle is cloves and a little cinnamon, taste is malty roasted with pumpkin spices, brown sugar and molasses, finish is spices smooth and a little sweetened, overall solid flavor not too spiced or sweet, good balance Sledutah (7559) - Utah, USA - MAR 27, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at Supermarket liquors
nickel (1094) - UKRAINE - OCT 14, 2013
Pours clear dark mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Taste is sweet malts, cinnamon, ginger and herbal bitterness
A good Christmas ale, lots of aroma but the taste is kind of muttled together.
By this time, best spicy bouquet i tried. Incredible strong aroma right away you open the bottle. Medium carbonated, tender fruity flavor with unbelievable mix of spices. DenverLogan (1220) - LA, California, USA - JUL 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2014 From 22oz into a Corsendonk chalice.
Pours a light brown with modest head.
Aroma of cardamon, sage, clover, anise and dark malts.
Significant mouthfeel and modest carbonation.
Flavors of amber malts, burnt malts, sage, cardamon, rosemary, and other herbs. I’ve had this various times over the past six months and thought time might mellow out the spices, and it has a bit, but they are still big! Overall flavorful and tasty but a bit too heavy on the spices and herbs.
DEC 28, 2014 Update ~ OK, this beer is now 2 years old. Some of the spice has mellowed out but it’s still big, but now the malts have also been reduced, but the carbonation is still big! Overall I’d say two years of aging has helped and I’m raising the overall a tiny bit. BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Bottle thanks to ratman. Pours with a clear deep bronze hued body with a tan head. Aromas are of gingerbread, nutty cookie, biscuity malt, eugenol, cinnamon and a lot of spice. Flavors are lightly metallic, thin, bitter, spicy tannin, gingerbread, spice, clove and nutmeg. Very thin bodied and spicy, lively bubbles. bhensonb (15251) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle shared by Irishboy. Pours darkly ruddy with little or no head. Aroma is spicy - but perhaps more towards pumpkin pie than Xmas. Med + body. Flavor is so pie spice. It works, but it’s a rather different Xmas ale. Judged without regard to season, it’s a nice spiced ale.