mcberko (16595) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Fat Head’s Portland, pours a clear dark amber with a small beige head. Aroma is huge on the spices, especially cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavour is the same, with not too much else going on here. Very spice-dominated. Good for what it is, but it’s not my cup of tea (or beer).
Tmoney99 (14186) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spice sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced spice flavor with a medium to heavy sweet spice finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer that exceeded my expectations.
Dogbrick (12565) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from growler at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 08/02/2012. The beer pours a dark reddish-amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Small patches of lacing. Aroma of spices and malt. Medium body with a strong potpourri of spices up front, primarily ginger and nutmeg. Some bready malt in the background, and the spice diminishes in the course of a few drinks. The finish is sweetly spiced with a malty aftertaste. Decent overall.
hopdog (12083) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of mainly spices. Tastes of spices with some caramel and citrus.
Sammy (11820) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Pizza Plant. Nice looking head on grapefruit body. Lace down the glass as I drain a nutmeg, cinammon mix, cardomon mix. Sweet and a little light mouthfeel. Not tremedously drinkable but hits the style.
shrubber85 (11212) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Ginger, cinnamon, tangy honey aroma. Chestnut with large light tan head. Sweet candied ginger, malt, and moderately bitter herbal hay flavor. Nice spice flavor without being overwhelming.
DocLock (10441) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Capone’s during X-mas 2013. Pours hazy chestnut with tan head. Nose is caramel maltm spicy nutmeg, cinnamon, clove. Tastes caramel malty, with x-mas spice, and a smooth finish.
alexsdad06 (9931) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Dutch’s. Pours a clear dark amber color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have ample spices, ginger, cinnamon, sweet malts, a splash of citrus, spiced apples mild toasted malts. This is a decent Christmas beer.
phaleslu (9920) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 6, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from ryanmcfly1985- thanks again, Ryan! Nice trade bonus. Pours a mostly clear brownish amber with a small beige head that leaves a lasting ring. Spices lead the way, and ginger is foremost among them, followed by cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, with some backing but weaker sweet and caramel malts, pine, and a shot of honey. Light-bodied, with medium carbonation and a thin, spicy mouthfeel. This was tried about four to five months after it came out, and it definitely seemed out of balance in a way that suggested age. That wasn’t intentional; I meant to drink it sooner. Now I know.
MartinT (9729) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
My Bottom Line:
Honey, ginger and cinnamon are well balanced in this soft and rich wintry brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the gleaming red mist.
-The nearly frothy texture works well with the delicate sugars.
-Caramel malts are present but never overbearing.
-This is another very good brew from Fat Head’s. I need to get to know these guys better…