Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - NOV 1, 2008
Bottle. This was a shocker. I loved this dark mahogany beer. Loads of winter spices of cinnamon, clove, pepper, and some of that winter warmer caramel and chocolate notes. Solid beer, i’ve had it twice both were noteworthy. A gingerbread man in a glass. Solid. Aurelius (5496) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 28, 2006 Choco-cherry vanilla maltiness in the aroma and flavor -- like a dessert brown ale. Graham crackers. The flavor came off rather artificial and the vanilla notes held on longer than necessary. I didn’t get a whole lot of the spice. Medium-heavy body. Red-brown, clear with a clingy seafoam head. Tannic. I was a little disappointed with this one, will give it another try while I’m up here on vacation. jkwood04 (5463) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 10, 2014
22oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber/brownish with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of caramel and pale malts, some fruits and spices, vanilla, light bitterness, and some dough. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer, could be better, could be way worse. mar (5436) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 4, 2009
bottle thanks to ballewblake. deep brown with a cream colored head. nose is chocolate and caramel with a hint of vanilla in the back. very nice on the palate with a smooth flavor of vanilla and spice. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 9, 2007
This spiced ale pours a medium orange color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is caramel, sweet and spicy. A medium bodied ale. The malts are fruity and sweet, with lots of caramel flavors. The hops are earthy and spicy. Very smooth tasting. The spices tend to match and not clash with the malts in this beer. Nice. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter.
badgerben (5283) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - FEB 25, 2009
Dark red color with no head. Light malt aroma. Complex flavors... caramel and chocolate mixed with dry grains. Some cinnamon and yeast. Certainly Christmasy. chinchill (5226) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2012
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2014 2012 version. Pours a beautiful, clear mahogany color, with a short-lived beige head. Lacing is good nonetheless. The beer is mildly spicy and a bit fruity, including raspberry and a surprising apricot note in the nose that’s present but subdued in tasting. Cinnamon and plenty of vanilla in both; perhaps too much vanilla in the flavor.
O: A fine winter warmer mis-classified as a "fruit/herb/vegetable" beer. AdamChandler (5150) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 17, 2012
2012 Vintage. Bomber. Thanks Secret Santa.
jbruner (5122) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 6, 2013
A - Poured a 3 finger fluffy white head that faded slowly leaving great lacing. sort of an amber ale looking beer.
S - I smells sugar and spices. Lots of nutmeg and a hint of maltiness
T - Taste is very sweet. Lots of brown sugar and nice essence of cloves and wintery Christmas spices. Finish is malty and bland.
M - light body and medium carb
O - This is a very drinkable beer. It’s a bit too sweet but solidly drinkable.
Pours a hazy copper on tap with thin tan head and good lacing. Aroma of caramel and toffee malts with and a hint of spice. Taste follows, clean finish, spice kind of falls off quick. One of the better highland beers I have had. Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
Had this last Dec. Pours a light amber clear with a very thin head. Soft caramel malts with herbal and phenolic spices- gingerbread. More ginger root in the flavor with light toffee, sweet caramel malts and some crackery malts- mild bitter finish.