superspak (5517) - Michigan, USA - FEB 4, 2014
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 5/2014. Pours lightly cloudy ruby red color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a good amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown bread, light toffee, light chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, light vanilla, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, toffee, biscuit, brown bread, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, light chocolate, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and very smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced brown ale. All around good balance and robustness of dark/bready malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering. Beerwarlock (13) - Trafford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
Rather dark with a decent aroma of sweet malts and some hops. Nice lacing. Taste of winter spices with a citrus bite. Mouthful is slightly creamy. I like this take on a winter ale. Very drinkable. Great with a brown sugar/cinnamon rim. njnut (486) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2015
Poured in pint a red tinged brown with white head. Aroma was malt heavy with some holiday spice noted but not close to being the main aroma. Taste was lightly toasted malts, toffee, caramel and cinnamon spice with vanilla. I liked this one because it was not overbearing. kassner (1657) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2011
On tap Christmas eve at the Pleasure Bar in Bloomfield, brown and nutty with that super intense grape seed flavor and aroma. unique for holiday ales with lots of cloves boto (2193) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draught @ Brewery: This one poured a ruby-tinged fairly clear brown color. There was a bit of a tan head on it that lingers and leaves some lacing. It has a nice aroma. Malty with some holiday type spices, but not overly done. The taste is good. Nice medium malt body, with a hint of sweetness. Spices and some fruits in the background. Just enough spices to be considered a holiday beer, but not so much that you wouldn’t mind drinking it all year. This one grew on me.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2011
An amber-red with a beige head. This one smells faintly of cinnamon, but mostly caramel and sweet cereal. The taste is not very spicy, mostly a slightly sweet brown. It wasn’t bad, but it wasn’t particularly interesting. nick76 (4399) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 7, 2015
The aroma is toasted malt and spices with with hints of chocolate and toffee. The appearance is amber brown with a tiny head. The taste is like the aroma with a mild hoppy bitter sweet ginger bread finish. The palate is thick. Overall a fun holiday beer. samsmith33 (772) - - JAN 31, 2015
Aroma..cinnamon, apple, raisin.
Taste..apple, malt, baking powder.
Look..dark brown, creamy ladtong white head.
Above avg. Carbonation.
Growing into this as i drink. Wasn’t expwcting much, but not bad. I would say an above avg seasonal.
DocLock (10660) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
12 oz bottle from Craft Ale. Pours hazy deep brown with 1-finger splotchy khaki head. Nose is vienna malty, earthy, with brown sugar, x-mas spice, and hops. Tastes spicy, nutmeggy, and very hoppy, with a pronounced malt flavor. Reminds me of a 33/33/33/ mix of scotch ale, X-mas ale, and Simcoe IPA, and that combo works significantly better than I thought it would. Art (3217) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Aromatic nutty scent. Tastes of spices and Christmas. This is a great winter beer. Got me buzzed.