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. Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Thanks to Darkover for supplying me with this one. Kudos to Crooked River for changing up their normally boring label scheme. Pours a nice reddish-amber color with a thick and foamy light beige head. Very spicy aroma. Flavor was decent but I felt it was way too heavy on the cinnamon. Faint hops finish. Overall a fairly good seasonal but it needs better balance. hopscotch (11101) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2005
Bottle... Crystal clear, dark amber ale with lots of floaties. Small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty, floral, piney aroma. Great malt backbone with notes of toffee and spice. A touch too sweet, but not cloyingly so. Full-bodied, rich and velvety with fizzy carbonation. Medium length, astringent finish. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - MAY 4, 2004
Bottle pours a hazy ruby, small white frothish head, and with herds of streaming bubbles. Head has pretty much dissipated now. Dark/Pitted fruits on the nose. Light grains/malt & butter up front. Minor spicing emerges in the middle. Suble dark/pitted fruit flavor on the finish. Slightly nutty. Medium bodied. Nothing extraordinary, but not bad either. Thanks goes out to hopsrus for the trade! egajdzis (6571) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a copper color with a small off white head. Aroma of sweet caramel, light spices, and dark fruits. Taste of roast, chocolate, light cinnamon spices. The light spices, and more malts were the high points of this beer.
blutt59 (6564) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottled, almond colored pour with soft foam, tasty aroma and flavor of spice cake, carrots, fondent icing, sweet finish BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2003
Reddish brown hue with a average off-white head and fair lace. The aroma hinted of roasted chocolate malts, caramel, apple, orange zest, clove, ginger, grassy hops, and dusty yeast esters. The taste starts sweet (like candy) and develops a citric undertone. The good amount of spices are noticeable upon the finish with a touch of bitterness. Lively and medium-bodied, minor alcohol presence while drinking. A well made winter brew, too bad it's not being made anymore for I would have liked to try this again. Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2009
2002 bottle consumed 8/18/09. Pours a hazy brown with some protein globules floating about and a surprisingly well developed head. Smells of muted spice, roasted malt, some chocolate sneaking in, some fruity hints. Tastes of sweet and roasted malt, velvety, spicy, some dark fruity elements, a nice touch of cocoa present. This must have been an amazing beer when fresh. Even with 7 years on it, it is still drinking well. jgb9348 (6256) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2003
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2005 2004 Batch:JPDIPSO (6223) - Wauwatosa, USA - JUL 19, 2002
Clear dark amber body with a red hue and a light tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, toffee, chocolate and roasted malt. Medium-bodied; Assertive nuttiness with subtle spices showing afterwords. Aftertaste has bitter malt flavours, but nothing pleasant. Overall, not a good beer at all. The past year’s vintages have been much better. I sampled this 12 ounce bottle purchased from Dean & Deluca in Georgetown (Washington, D.C.) on 01-January-2005.
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.