bhensonb (15188) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2006
Rich aroma of spice and malt. Deep coppery amber color with a not longlasting head which demonstrates a small amount of lacing. It’s beginning to smell a lot like Xmas. Starts with those spicy things like nutmeg, probably allspice, and a gingery tingle. Substantial mouth feel. Creamy, yes, but not exactly smooth. Every sip is a fresh expression of spice. And it’s spice that goes well with the ale concept. Imagine anybody doing this with a lager (challenge issued to Boston Beer; Fezziwig isn’t it). The finish is reduced spice, some kind of vegetable, and that light tingle. Not sure there’s much hop in here, but whatever it is works. Ratman197 (14822) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2005
Bomber 2000 vintage poured a chunky orange with an amber head. Aromas of orange, spices, and ginger.Palate was medium bodied, smooth and creamy. Flavors of ginger, allspice and orange with a mildly sweet finish. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 14, 2002
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2005 (GABF05) Clear straw body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, orange, Belgian spice, floral, very fruity. Taste is moderately sweet, orange, grapefruit, light nutmeg. Ligt-medium body, some resin in the finish. (8/3/7/4/15)
bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 9, 2006
2000 version: This was my favorite beer at the 2001 GABF (admittedly, i stuck to beers i hadn’t tried before). sweet and hoppy, with alcohol warmth seeping into the flavor. rich malty aroma, even though my sense of smell wasn’t at peak levels when i found this beer. great palate, and nice bittersweet aftertaste. too bad they don’t ship this one east! (8/5/9/5/18)
(Bottle) Pours a clear copper body with a small off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, florals, and fruitiness. Flavor of hops, peppery, and cinnamon with a somewhat bitter finish. Okay, but hard to finish a 22oz bottle. hopdog (12510) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 26, 2017
22oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a small sized off white head. Some spiciness, citrus, and toasted bread.
jcwattsrugger (12420) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2008
22oz bottle-pours a foamy light tan head and amber/copper color. Aroma is medium malt-toffee, spice-cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste is spice, medium malt-toffee, some earthy. OK carbonation. Thanks to Stevo for sharing. slowrunner77 (12037) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 21, 2014
"ok, i see that this got some decent reviews, and i can honestly say i don’t know what any of you are thinking. Dec 07 i had a holiday beer taste-off with over 2 dozen beers (about 20 people)...nobody liked this beer (what the hell is in there anyway)...and i think 19 of the 20 said we should dump it, so we did. needless to say it finished in a very distant last place. no redeeming qualities. maybe we got a bad one, but it didn’t taste spoiled... 2010-better than b4, still notworth buying." rosenbergh (11532) - Tampere, FINLAND - APR 30, 2015
22 oz bottle. (Texas Wine & Spirits) Carlsbad, CA.hopscotch (11078) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Dark cloudy amber colour with a small off-white head.
Spices... nutmeg, cinnamon and some other christmassy spices and some sweet maltiness in the aroma. A bit harsh bitterness, sweet maltiness and a lot of spices. I really don’t know how old is this bottle but it seems to be very christmassy and drinkable. Merry Christmas!
Bottle… Mostly clear amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet lends a “secret blend of spices” – probably nutmeg, ginger and possibly clove – to compliment some really nice date and toffee notes. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and snappy carbonation. The spicy, moderately sweet flavor presents brown sugar, caramel and sugar cookie flanked and balanced out a bit by medium woody bitterness and Christmas spices aplenty. Finishes bittersweet and dry. The sweetness quickly fades, but the bitterness hangs on a good while. Solid. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009
Name: Hoppy Claws Holiday Ale
Date: December 03, 2006
Appearance: muddy dark amber, wispy beige head
Aroma: fresh floral hop aroma on a dark spiced malt base with a hint of fruit
Flavor: chocolate and roasted malt flavor obscured by a rich blend of spices, lots of bitter allspice
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 7/10; Overall: 13/20