evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - OCT 4, 2013bwy (83) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAY 18, 2017
I honestly still haven’t figured out what a winter warmer is supposed to be.
Pours a muddy brown with a finger of head. wtf?
Smells like spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon a little, and a bit of spicy hops. Almost curry-like. wtf?
Taste is a little bread, some nutmeg again, more nutmeg, and a bit of vegetable flavor. Um. wtf?
Finish is surprisingly clean. wtf?
For such a high alcohol content the weight is surprisingly light.
https://youtu.be/kst4hj1lSec?list=PL2I6nU36z3 williamherbert (1541) - Syracuse, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2017
Color is deep, opaque red-brown, nearly black in the thick spots. No head or lace, really.
Aroma is cola and cocoa. CInnamon and spices. Gets more "burnt" as it warms up a bit. Even a little musty, but that might be age. (It’s mid-March and I’m drinking an elf-themed beer.)
The flavor is more cola, cinnamon, sugary caramel, molasses. Some ashtray.
The feelis thick and chewy, but very smooth. This is a very pleasant beer, and at 8.75% it don’t treat you gentle. Iznogud (3710) - CROATIA - MAR 8, 2017
Bottle, 355 ml from Beergium, shared with JFK10000, Max and Domagoj. Pours brown with small off-white head. Malty, caramel, spicy, clove, cinnamon, dried fruit. Moderate sweetness. Medium bodied. Sissio (1620) - Orsenigo, ITALY - MAR 7, 2017
bottle @ home
clear dark brown, minimal cappuccino brown head
ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, "vin brulé", vanilla, cocoa
beer version of vin brulè. Spicy warming with chocolate hint SeniorZozo (1841) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 20, 2017
@ Budapest, Csakajosor. // Big spices on the nose but glad they don’t over power the taste. Cinnamon, and general spices with some light roastiness. Solid brew.
Lore (2665) - Budapest, HUNGARY - FEB 12, 2017
brownish ruby colour, medium sized dense beige head; aroma of christmas spices like nutmeg, clove, maybe some cinnamon, too, some cocoa and herbal notes; taste is the same with syrupy sweetness and some sourish-dried fruity notes; good beer LLaurin (468) - Motala, SWEDEN - FEB 4, 2017
Really nice colour dark reddish brown with foamy head in beige. Nose is sweet with spicy herbal notes. Taste rich malty and sweet. Agreeable overall. monk191 (1959) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 22, 2017
An ok winter warmer. Pours a nice deep reddish black with a tan head. Smells great, cinnamon, ginger, dark fruit. Taste is very malty, with some cinnamon and ginger and a bit of marshmallow in the finish. Had on tap at the brewery.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TeijoA (66) - Turku, FINLAND - JAN 21, 2017
35 cl bottle. Colour is black with a small off-white head. Aroma has that typical DH "base" of chocolate and dark malt, but with Christmas spices, cardamom and cloying sweetness at the forefront. Taste follows the same, but with a stronger presence from the chocolate with spices and sweetness. Quite full-bodied and low-carbonated. Not generally a big fan of spiced ales. Good stuff. DrnkMcDermott (3096) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 20, 2017
2015 bottle, tasted 12/22/16. There is definitely a nice holiday spice nose from the cap to the pour. A whiff of phenol from aged malt, but it dissipates in a minute. The color is a deep brown, just a little light showing through. The head pours out tan and very thin, but stays in place for several minutes.
If you noticed from the description: yes, this is pumpkin pie spice. But it lacks any oher pretensions of a "pumpkin pie" beer, and just lets the spices stand for themselves. The malt slips in just a little bit with a notes of brown sugar, and a slight suggestion of smoky peat. The bitterness as low, as befits a spicy beer like this. And the higher alcohol is barely noticed, and goes down quickly.
I call this one for cheese trays, chips ’n’ dips, or dessert.