chucklemation (1590) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - FEB 25, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brown color with a thin white head. Aroma is dominated by spices, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, as well as yeasty bubblegum and caramel malts. Flavor is caramel and toffee, bubblegum, and the spices. Well-carbonated with a light body. Perhaps a touch heavy on the spices, but overall rather good.
flatmatt (1547) - Northville, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Dragonmead. Pours clear amber with a white head. Ginger in the aroma. Flavors of ginger, spruce, and toasty malt. Nice.
superspak (5400) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 11/6/2014. Pours hazy deep ruby red/brown color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, light chocolate, raisin, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, orange peel, wood, and herbal/spice earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, toast, light chocolate, raisin, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, orange peel, wood, and herbal/spice earthiness. Light spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, toast, light chocolate, raisin, plum, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger, orange peel, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly creamy/bready/chalky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced dark ale style. All around good balance, robustness, and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and fruity yeast flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
Petkus331 (389) - Redford, Michigan, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
An aroma of lemon peel, clove, and celery. An appearance is dark copper. Taste is Christmas spicy with orange peel, clove and some lightly roasted malt. Palate is very fizzy, almost "burns" your mouth. Overall, interesting, Christmasy, unique, and fun to drink when wanting to change things up.
firstsip (733) - Michigan, USA - JAN 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewery. No head. Dark redbrown. Smells and tastes like Scandinavia (a.k.a Ikea). Notes of orange peel, allspice? Maybe some nutmeg. Easy drinking. Nice!
hopdog (12208) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Dragonmead Brew Pub. Poured a deeper brown color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of lots of spices - nutmeg, ginger and cloves. Some cinnamon as well. Tastes of the same spices. This one was all about the spices which drowned out anything else.
Sammy (11964) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I am a fan of Scandanavian style beers, a good variation onthe Belgians spiced and dark. This was brown with some lace. Like a barleywine and old ale. Didn’t get that much of spice, but there is clove and ginger and cardommon thrown together. Enjoyed at the brewpub. Carbonation and mouthfeel they got right.
ogglethorp (917) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at brewpub. Pours a clear rusty, coppery color with a small of white head. Aroma is spice, nutmeg, clove, ginger. Flavor is spicy too, pepper, cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, clove. Palate is smooth and medium bodied. Nice holiday brew. Worked for me!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap: dark red/mahogany in color. Nice spice aroma of nutmeg/clove/cinnamon. Strong spiced ale taste. Smooth crisp body. Very good winter drink, just can’t drink more than one though.
jsquire (4396) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewery. Garnet red color with a thin off white head. Strong spice nose with lots of ginger and oragne peel in it. Lots of holiday spices in the flavor with cininmon, clove, ginger and others. A little spice burn on the tongue. I found enough of a malty beer base to support all the spices. I enjoyed this holiday treat.