popery (2170) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 18, 2011
Bottle. Well, this is the first HF beer that I haven’t loved. This is the fourth Ohio spiced xmas beer that I’ve had recently, and they all just sorta blend together. Frosted Frog might be the best, but it’s still just sweet caramel and ginger cookie fare. There’s some cinnamon and nutmeg in there but nothing to differentiate it from many other spiced holiday ales. It’s not really bad, but I’ll forget it before the bottle gets to my recycling bin. fata2683 (2176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JAN 16, 2011
bottle(courtesy StFun) at Morrie’s tasting(12Nov10)pours deep ruby red with a medium off white head. Aroma is heavy on nutmeg and cinnamon spices. Flavor is sweet caramel malt, ginger and nutmeg finish. Nice stuff. ddemmingjr (800) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2011
22 oz bottle: Pours a mahogany brown with a brief tan head that recedes to a thin ring. Gingerbread, nutmeg, cinnamon buns, sweet molasses. expecting a sweet gingerbread cookie. malts and carbonation on the tongue with the expected frosted sweetness that is less overbearing than one would imagine. medium mouth feel and carbonation, this is a fairly well balanced Christmas Ale. Unique dionysus (1486) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 9, 2011
Bottle pours burnt ruby with a beige head. Aroma shows sweet malt and huge christmas spices with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread and dried red fruit. Flavor shows basically the same. Overall body is moderate to full, sweet, and finishes with nice warming alc presence. Damn good holiday beer. Beer5000 (6674) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - JAN 8, 2011
650 ml bottle. Slightly dim deep red body with a thin beige head. Aroma has a wonderful spicy combination of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with caramel and a hint of cherries. Flavor is spicy like aroma with malt, caramel and fruit. Also a bit vinous in alcohol. Very harmonic and definitively Christmas.
Cybercat (6015) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
Aroma has a strong and pleasant spicy undertone, quite different from any other beer I have sampled, even other winter warmers and spiced ales. There is plenty of cinnamon with hints of cloves and nutmeg, as well as subtle malty and woody undertones. It comes out of the bottle a dark, mostly transparent reddish mahogany with a decent light tan head. Flavor is malty with a firm overtone of cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg - and maybe some horehound as well. There is a bit of sharp candy sweetness and just a whisper of raw wood. Texture is sharp, crisp and fizzy, leaving behind a tingly, spicy finish. Happy Holidays! SpringsLicker (3664) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2011
This one pours clear medium brown with a light tan head.
Spicy aroma. Brown sugar, candy, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove. I’m expecting an Egg Nog.
Sweet but not cloying, nicely spiced. Very much true to the aroma.
They pulled this one off nicely. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
A- Body is a beautiful dark, transparent mahogany hue. Bubbles can be seen slowly rising to the top. Pours with a one finger or so eggshell head this slowly fades to a thin collar-and no lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose is quite spicy-lots of nutmeg with a bit of cinnamon as well and hust a hint of ginger. A sublte maltiness and a hint of warm alcohol lie in the background.
T- Taste is similar to the nose. The hot ginger comes through a lot more in the flavor with nutmeg and cinnamon to compliment it. A mild chocolate and caramel background can be detected. The cinnamon and nutmeg come through a bit more for the finish as the ginger fades a bit and a slight alcohol astringency hits for the finish as well. Mainly nutmeg lingers with a soft warm alcohol blanket.
M- Low to medium carbonation and medium weight body that is slightly dry.
D- This is a good brew overall-and pretty much what I think of when I think "winter warmer" the spices dominate and there is a slight warmth. This reminds me of a spiced scotch ale. Very good overall.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-13-2010 00:49:50
dcschiller (2208) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
(22oz botle) pours mahogany with off white head. Aroma of gingerbread. Taste is similar. Medium bodied and spicy on the finish. Nice, spicy beer. nbutler11 (1267) - Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, ENGLAND - JAN 2, 2011
Live Rate! Bottle shared by daknole -- thanks! Pours a rich amber color with a thin off-white ring of foam. Overwrought with gingerbread spice. Like drinking batter. Not a fan.