TheHOFF43 (2052) - Robbinsdale, Minnesota, USA - APR 13, 2014
Pour from a bottle. Pours dark with tons of Christmas on the nose. Tons of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. very much a spiced beer, but a very good one. BVery (10485) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - APR 12, 2014
Bomber shared by Caleb - thanks! Lots of Christmas spices - nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon. Smooth palate, rich taste. Delicious. Bacterial (2995) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - APR 6, 2014
Bomber as an extra from misterbeer thanks! Pours a hazy dark amber, cinnamon in color. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice in the nose - nice. Makes me want a pumpkin pie. Nice spice in the taste. Pumpkin with a malty, bourbon finish. peteinSD (1469) - San Diego, California, USA - MAR 30, 2014
Bottle. Murky rust colored pour with a slick of white foam. Whiskey, light green apple, and various spices in the aroma. Taste is more subdued with whiskey, rye, and various spices like cinnamon and cardamon. Light mouthfeel. Okay. GenDV138 (7277) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - MAR 12, 2014
Bottle (Van Wink version with silver cap) from a trade poured into a Belgian snifter. Pours a dark ruby color with half a finger of off-white head that fades fairly quickly. Aromas of big bourbon, cinnamon, gingerbread, spices, coconut, vanilla, caramel. Tasting notes of bourbon, vanilla, light coconut, cinnamon, gingerbread cookies. Light carbonation, slightly sticky mouthfeel. More booziness as it warms. Medium body with a dry and slightly warm finish. Kind of prefer the non-barrel aged version, the bourbon is nice at first but doesn’t blend with the base beer as much as I’d hope. Maybe a different type of barrel would compliment better, or maybe this is just one that’s better without barrel aging. Still a solid brew.
italarican (1550) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 13, 2014
Bottle generously shared by joemuff during the post-grand tasting muff party at RBWG. This is the Pappy version. Luscious chocolate liqueur, lingering toast and biscuit. Soft, pillowy marshmallow sweetness. Hell yeah. cubs (10634) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle @ home via the ole rotterbox. Cheers Rot! Pours a fairly clear, deep orangish brown appearance with a thin light brown head. Pretty heavy cinnamon and nutmeg, very spicy, vanilla, dark fruity, caramel aroma. Again, very spicy flavor that is straight up gingerbread with maybe a bit of cardamom. I can’t detect any barrel presence, just a lot of spices. Booze well hidden. Drinks good. 48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - JAN 4, 2014
2013 bomber. Maple pour with slight off white head. Nose of Christmas spices. Taste follows the nose. Not very boozy which is nice. Nice winter warmer. Tastes a little like Dr. Pepper. Solid.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone AnnaEA (15) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
Looks beautiful in the glass, a lovely reddish amber with a light foamy head. Tastes of spices! And more spices! Normally I’m not to fond of higher alcohol content beers, but this one is so spice rich that it smooths the burn out nicely. The spices overwhelm any other flavors for me, with such a rich melange that I feel like I might be on Arrakis. phaleslu (10239) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s-Eastgate. Pours a bright, clear reddish amber with a small off-white head. Big nose and flavor, consistent with one another. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, toasted and caramel malts, vanilla, brown sugar, and some bourbon warmth. Like a slightly sweeter, boozier gingerbread cookie. Medium-bodied, with a sweet and spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really excellent barrel-aged winter beer. Fun to drink and share.