RATINGS: 34   MEAN: 3.3/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.26/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
A mahogany amber beer with fragrant tones of ginger and orange witha hearty malt nose. Rich, toasted malt flavor with hints of chestnuts and everlasting impressions of holiday spice.

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JoeMcPhee (10129) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2006
Tap version around 6.5% ABV, because there’s no way in hell I’m dropping 16 on a bottle of the strong version that I can’t even drink in the bar… WTF? Onto this beer, though. Dark brown beer with almost no head to speak of. Served way too cold, but once it warms a bit, it throws off sweet orange peel and fresh ginger aromas over a soft toasted malt base. Light milk chocolate that works well with the fresh gingery spice. Palate is a little watery, though. Cola-like flavour as the beer continues to warm. Lingering ginger and toasted malt. Decent.

lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUL 26, 2006
OK, pours a deep mahogany with more reddish tints around the edges and a decent sized lacy tan head. Smells quite malty and spicy, ginger is evident. Lots of flavor, sweet maltiness and spices. Rich molasses-like flavors, fruitiness (cherries) and lots of peppery spice and ginger spice. If this beer has a fatal flaw it’s the gingery flavor (not sure if ginger is actually used). While it certainly balances the sweetness up front, the ginger flavor becomes overpowering the more you drink the beer. Alcohol flavors evident as well. A bit sticky in the mouth. Decent enough winter seasonal and a pleasant surprise.

dwyerpg (6494) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
This was possibly the worst of the Hearland beers I had in tasters yesterday, though many of the beers were not close to being good. It has an awful smoky aroma. It’s too sweet like a porter and mostly just bad. Stay away.

ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
On tap at the Union Square local. Amber with a foamy tan head. Malty with a bit of a hop bite to it. Coriander and other mild spicing. Finishes with a small alcohol burn. Alright.

Shadrach (176) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 5, 2005
On tap at Times Square, Novmber 2005. Poured a reddish brown with almost a raisin aroma. Taste was very complex with hints of plum, caramel, nut, raisin. I also got some cinammon like a cinammon stick, which is the spice and defintely chestnut and ginger as well as some orange peels. Very complex beer with a warm aftertaste. One of Heartland’s to savor.

Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2004
Once again the comment note gremlin strikes. My only comment I wrote for this was "smells like citrus n’ shit". I must have been really tired. I really liked this beer though.

Mads Langtved (2240) - Copenhagen K, DENMARK - DEC 29, 2004
Strange beer. The finish is very unpleasant. It is quite spicy, but it is in a chemical and artificial way. Not a good beer.

beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2004
Loaded with nutmeg, and orange flavor... anise, is that you I hear too? Nice, flavorful brew, heavy enough on you without being a brick to your gut. A pretty fair hops aftertaste, I think? I actually had a second round of this one at the brewpub. Brand new Empire State location.

boto (2283) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 5, 2003
Draught: I was impressed by this beer. It was a dark brown color, with hints of red to it. Minimal lacing down the glass. The nose was rich with nutmeg, orange and malts. Good malt backbone to the taste, with a good balance of the spices and orange. Not overdone as some of these seasonals can be (see Petes). A very good beer for the winter months.

austinpowers (2831) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 29, 2003
Not bad, though I'm not generally a fan of the winter warmer/spiced ale category. This is mighty spicy, just in case you were wondering.

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