dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2003
Decent seasonal. Sweet and spicy, i noticed nutmeg, cinnamon, nutmeg, nutmeg, and nutmeg. I’ll drink it again. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2003
amber color, not much of a head. aroma is very spicy (allspice and nutmeg) with some malt character. spice isvery dominant in the flavor with some hop bitterness present as well. not too bad. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Dark ruby color, small head. Spicy aroma. Spicy and somewhat tart flavor. Not as good as I remember it being last year. Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2002
Dark brown color. Cinnamon and nutmeg stand out as the dominant flavors. Body was too thin. This didn’t excite me much. VA Homebrewer (525) - Portsmouth, Virginia, USA - DEC 9, 2002
Subtle quantities of winter spices, eh? Well, the clove/allspice/ginger aroma jumps out of the glass and fills the room. Allspice, ginger and nutmeg dominate the flavor profile with malt playing a backup role. Winter spices become overwhelming after a while. Finish is clean and not very bitter. Color is crystal clear chestnut (not bottle conditioned) with a thick, tan head that disappears almost entirely. A little light in body and mouthfeel. Reminiscent of Anchor OSA 2001.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2003 I was disappointed with this beer. It is only mildly festive in taste. There is just nothing too remarkable about this beer. daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2002
I think that the one thing that they put in all winter seasonals is nutmeg. Looks good out off the bottle pouring a amber/brown with a medium sized bubbly head that dissapates into a small layer of foam and lasts the remainder of the way through. Flavor is predictable with strong malt and that nutmeg thing being most noticable, just enough hop in the finish to cancel out the initial sweetness and smooth everything out. Also has a nice warming effect in the belly like a good winter ale should.
NOTE: After drinking three of these the "spice" becomes a bit much, also this beer taste better about ten degrees colder than cellar ie 40-45 JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Appears thin from the pour. Quickly diminishing head. Amber brown color. Nutmeg and malt dominate the flavors. A bit thin and undimentional. A bit to picayune for the style. BigBoi99 (19) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2002
This is possible the worst beer I have ever tasted. I understand it is a seasonal ale, perhaps that is why in late may this beer seemed to have such a repusive smell and taste. Although I guess I should have expected much from an ale that is sold at $7 a case. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - APR 19, 2002
Unlike the other reviewers, I did not enjoy this beer -- maybe it doesn’t keep that well. Strong nutmeg aroma. Sweet malty and mild, and some of the nutmeg comes through in the flavor. There’s a big initial head that dissolves quickly. Given the beer’s color, once the head goes down, it looks more like a cola than a beer.