kp (10880) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 decaturstevo (6343) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - FEB 4, 2008
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
btl. A clean copper pour with hard hints of amber. Spicey aroma that has hard cinnamon and nutmeg. Spice is light with medium malt character that struggles to carry the abv. Decent bitter finish. Carbonation is over the top for me just a tad and its a wee bit thin. Overall a good warm holiday beer. AmEricanbrew (7011) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 8, 2008
clear copper with a fleeting head. Big spicy herbal smell with black currant, anise. Taste is full of fresh hops, pale malts, and that holiday spice mix. Not too bad. 11287 smith4498 (3674) - Winter Springs, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Smells like a pumpkin pie with cinnamon and nutmeg and some toasted malts. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation. DocLock (11048) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
Bomber. Pours copper with off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, orange zest, nutmeg, perhaps ginger,and hops. Tasted malty, with the spiced and hops complementing each other. A good holiday ale.
baraciisch (3383) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Amber copper in color.... Aroma of Belgian malts, cinnamon, spices, light citrus hops... Flavor is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar... Nutty malts... Decent
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 4, 2005
Amber, clear topped by a solid off-white head that is mostly lasting. Sweet and yeasty upfront, presenting meringue and pomegranate notes. Hard to pick up spices that are actually not all that upfront, possibly ginger and nutmeg, not quite the exotic spices I was expecting from the commercial description. They leave a slightly biting sensation as the pie-like yeastiness fades with a watery sensation. Light bodied, fair carbonation. Ratman197 (15372) - 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. SDbruboy (1863) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
22 oz. bottle from BevMo. Pours a clear deep orange amber with a large off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy, malty orange, cinnamon and clove giving a mulled cider sort of character. Also sweet and spicy in the flavor, with brown sugar, clove and bittering spices leaving an astringent sensation in the mouth. Medium to full body, gentle carbonation. FlacoAlto (4220) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - JUN 25, 2007
Pours with a frothy, three finger thick, tan colored head that forms a layered lacing pattern on the sides of my glass and varied, deep sink holes as it slowly recedes. the beer is a richly, amber hued, clear, copper colored brew. The aroma is fairly spicy with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, sweet ginger and allspice.
The taste is sweet, but this is actually accentuated by the spice flavors as the beer has a light-medium fullness to it that makes this fairly drinkable. The spices actually keep this a sipping a brew though as they are quite apparent; flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon a touch of ginger and cardamom dominate the flavor profile. Actually the nutmeg is probably the single most noticeable flavor here. At times, the spice notes bring out a sort of berry like flavor.
I would not quite say that the spices are overwhelming here, this beer is still drinkable and even somewhat enjoyable, but the spice levels are just a bit over the top. They really run roughshod over the other flavors of this beer, and hardly allow anything else to be noticeable.