JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - JUL 25, 2017 ThisWangsChung (836) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reviewed 2/4/13. 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a crystal-clear tawny copper color that is honestly quite beautiful. The head is a one finger offwhite shade with great texturing and lacing. It doesn’t retain itself the best, though.
S: The most shamelessly cinnamon forward beer I’ve ever encountered. It’s almost as if Harpoon took a page from Southern Tier’s book on "how to make something smell exactly like what you’re advertising". Okay, so Harpoon didn’t advertise this as "Cinnamon Bomb", but you get the picture. I don’t care for super-spiced brews - still, I wish most scented candles smelled like this.
T: Flavor-wise, there was no chance in hell of living up to the aroma. Still, spicing comes through quite strongly on the midtaste and finish. Ultimately, the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and coriander overpower the timid malt base quite thoroughly. As a result, the balance is sorely lacking. But you know what? It’s not bad - as a showcase for the heavy spicing, I’d even call it good.
M: Very creamy and almost lush. It slides down a bit sluggishly due to the thick texture, but becomes quite clean (not to be mistaken for dry) past the aftertaste. Carbonation is unintrusive.
O: Fairly underrated in my book. It’s not great per se (nose notwithstanding), but I wouldn’t be averse to having this again. In a way, I’m glad Harpoon went for the ’unsubtle, hop-devoid spice bomb route’ with this instead of the ’wassail meets Arrogant Bastard’ route. This is NOT for everyone, though.
appearance: clear dark copper, light tan to off-white head. aroma: caramel, cinnamon, hint of clove and ginger. taste: malty sweet, with nutmeg and cinnamon noticeably present, with some toffee and brown bread; I didn’t get any pumpkin notes. finish: sweet, lingering spice notes, average palate. notes: Forgettable. My go-to winter daily drinker is still--until dethroned--Sam Adams Winter Lager. This is a heavier, less-balanced version. Bottle from somewhere.
WillRunForBeer (2766) - Massachusetts, USA - JUN 7, 2017
Winter in June! Found this while cleaning my fridge, must have been left behind over Christmas. Pours copper brown with a light beige head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, fruity esters. Flavor is sweet, caramel, fruity esters, cinnamon, nutmeg. Drinkable, but not by Amy means good. wombat23 (1787) - Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Shared 12 oz. can. Pours clear amber with an off-white head. Aroma of a Christmas candle. Taste is liquid potpourri. Way too much spice here. Drain pour. darbeer75 (991) - Round Rock, Texas, USA - FEB 15, 2017
Aroma: odd spicy aroma that is neither cinnamon nor nutmeg; scary; Appearance: clear amber pour with thin white head that dissipates quickly; Taste: unfortunately, follows nose. Gross. Palate: medium body with long, odd finish; Overall: would never get again. StoutBeerReviews (243) - Kenosha, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 10, 2017
Straight gingerbread. mild in flavor overall. chalky dry finish. pretty simple but works as far as the whole holiday thing goes.
btheise2 (26) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2016
Very drinkable ale. Taste is nearly all malt and cinnamon. As others have stated the cinnamon and nutmeg flavor builds with each sip. islay (3007) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2016
12 oz. bottle, consumed on 12-6-16. “Enjoy By 02/15/17.” Pours a clear, slightly amber sable. Moderate to large amount of taupe-colored head. The head has a golden hue that reminds me of golden egg nog. Nice color and nice head. Spicy aroma features scents of ginger, raisin rice pudding, and pumpkin spice. The smell does evoke Christmas but also is somewhat artificial. The flavor is more subtle than the aroma in its spiciness; rather, the flavor is dominated by malt flavors. Toffee and some wood and leather. Cinnamon comes on strong upon multiple sips. Nutmeg too, I suppose, although that’s a less distinctive flavor. Light to medium body. Perhaps a touch undercarbonated. Forgettable palate effects. Fits the bill. Very good appearance, pretty good taste, average aroma, and below average palate. Overall, an acceptable although not inspired craft beer. badgerben (5328) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2016
Dark copper color wih a thin head. Aroma of cinnamon and allspice. Flavor has strong toasty caramel and warm spicing. Seems like allspice and light orange peel, then moderate cinnamon. Bready. Finishes dry. Medium body. ronaldtheriot (1995) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - DEC 3, 2016
Harpoon Winter Warmer has a moderate, bone-colored head, a clear, bubbly, copper appearance, and minimal lacing left on the glass. Aroma is of pie or holiday cake spices, with a brown ale under-aroma. Taste is of the spices, a bit of white pepper, very low bitterness, brown bread crust, and a touch of chocolate cake. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Harpoon Winter Warmer finishes crisp and highly drinkable! RJT crossovert (13914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2016
355ml embossed bottle. This is basically a pumpkin beer that they have carried into "winter" adn shame on them.