HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2009
Murky, rust colored pour with some splotches of head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, Kind of like a gingerbread cookie. Flavor is also like gingerbread. A big fat christmas of a beer. Seriously. Now I’m ready for it. Bring on the reindeer and the fat man in the suit, I don’t care that it’s two weeks before thanksgiving. Brigadier (3805) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
650 ml bottle
cking (1175) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2009
Maybe the bottle that was shared at a recent tasting was an aberration but this was a spice bomb. Extremely aggressive to the point of being way over the top it ruins what could have been a nice experience.
Aroma / Appearance - Reddish brown with a glowing translucent edge and thin beige head the body does not hint at the imbalance to come. The nose was overly sweet with a mess of candy cane, spice, and brown sugar. With less spice it would not mask what else is hiding underneath.
Flavor / Palate - Like a candy cane bomb the spice explodes on the senses. Anything else is hidden by the sweetness. It might fade at some point but if so it takes longer than five minutes. Rebalancing this will result in a much better product.
Pours a beautiful mahogany-brown color with a large and lasting light brown head followed by strings of bubbly lacing. Aromatic spices and sweet malts penetrate the air above the glass. Nutmeg, ginger and some rather aggressive cinnamon. Smells like a freshly baked gingerbread man cookie. A very thick malt body backs up the spices, heavy malt seems to be the Frog’s signature attribute. Warming with a soft creaminess, it drinks fairly easily and the spices quickly fade in the aftertaste. Full flavored and balanced which is key for this style. You can taste that real spices were used and are well proportioned. The hot cinnamon steps forward after the other spices have gone and really shines in the overall flavor profile. Very impressed by how much I enjoyed this beer in a style I rarely get excited about these days. MrBunn (2868) - The Wet Side of a Dry Town, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bomber picked up today at Hoppin Frog. Beautiful pour... a nice coppery color that looks almost brown until you hold it in front of a light and it changes to an pretty red color. It has a pretty large head that hangs on for a while. Christmas/Thanksgiving spices dominate the nose. Ginger is the first I pick out, but cinnamon and nutmeg are also there... then again, that’s cheating since it’s on the bottle. There’s a pretty pronounced toffee/brown sugar smell as well. First sip reveals that there is no deception here. What you smell is what you get: a huge amount of spices and a big malty backbone. The ginger is particularly nice and comes through strong in the aftertaste. I don’t normally like heavy spices in my beers, but this one balances nicely and doesn’t come off as artificial.