Cybercat (5387) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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 (3538) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 6, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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 (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(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
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mahogany pour with minimal head. Aroma of spicy holiday cookies. Flavor is spice, malt and a touch of ripe fruit. Not bad at all.
daknole (10923) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
amber pour. hardly any head. Christmas cookie aroma...fruitcake, malt, ginger. Flavor is very malty and very spicy...crazy spicy. Sweet and pungent spices...ginger, coriander, allspice, nutmeg!
drseusszb200 (687) - Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured purpleish smelled like christmas tasted like christmas good for what it was but too spicey for my preference
madmitch76 (23681) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
28th December 2010
ChrisOs Christmas Tasting. Smells like Christmas Pudding! Light soft palate. Very Christmas Cake like - light well blended spices, cinnamon, cloves. Raisans. Finishes soft and semi dry. Not usually a fan of spiced Christmas beers but this works.
Rune (11705) - Tromsø, NORWAY - DEC 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big bottle bought at Barley Wine in Copenhagen earlier this year. Hazy, dark orange coloured body. No head. Smell of fruitcake with raisin, cloves, figs and malts. Flavour is like drinking a kind of Christmas cake or Christmas pudding. Lots of Christmas spices like cinnamon, cloves, cardamom and raisin. Quite similar taste character as BrewDogs Santa Paws. Difficult to rate. Alright with a glass now and then. By the way, the alcohol is not detectable at all (shared at a romjulsfest in Tromsø, 28.12.2010).