manuchampions (1244) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 3, 2010
Sample at Howe Sound brewpub in Squamish. Dark copper body with minimal head. Aroma is malty and Christmas cake spicy. Some nutmeg and cinnamon. Nice caramel malt sweetness upfront with enjoyable underlying spice before a touch of bitterness. Very good for the style. andrewturba (1190) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2012
Pours a dark copper with a reddish tinge. Decent off white head slowly turning into a decent ring leaving some lace up the glass. Aromas of nutmeg, gingerbread, vanilla, sweet caramel. Flavours consist of vanilla, toffee, cinnamon, some booze, and a bit of a sweet dark fruitiness. pictoman (1129) - British Columbia, CANADA - APR 22, 2013
Poured from a 1L bottle. Clear copper colour with nice white head. Nutty caramel malt aroma. Vanilla, nutmeg, toffee, mint to taste. stantheman (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 16, 2012
On tap at Hops in New West. A dark reddish amber color. It’s another maxi-pour, so not much reading on head or nose. Flavor is of a fruity malty character, but watery to this palate. A bit of hops there somewhere, perhaps, but who knows?
mgermani (1002) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 14, 2007
Oh yeah..."complex blend of spices"? I remain to be convinced on that statement.
Pours a golden brown with a modest head and great lacing. Lovely, spicy aroma, fruitcake or pumpkin pie. Flavour is tart at first, but as the alcohol warms the finish the spices come out nicely. Creamy body, good carb. A bit too spicy to maintain a real sense of balance, but very tasty all the same.
Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
Foggy light red colour (like a winter’s fog settling in on a town) with medium head. Huge nose bursting with cherries, plums, sugar cane, lime and exotic spices. I could smell this one all day long! Rarely do I come across such a lively and rich nose. The taste starts off exactly the same, with gigantic malt and more cherries. Mid palate shows a hint of pepper and some salt water taffee, with a finish that’s surprisingly short but quietly rich in citrus. An extremely well-crafted beer which should be in everyones fridge at some point or another, a real gem! Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Has a straightforward caramelized sweet nose that gives a nice spiced bread pudding impression. Very sweet molasses flavor and toffee flavor, a bit of gingerbread and pumpkin spices, figs. This is very sticky stuff, not a lot of bitterness coming through the sugars, but JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 28, 2012
Pours a brownish colour with no head. aroma is mostly spice nutmeg cinamon mixed with a little boozeness. flavour is similar to the aroma spice overall a good christmas beer to drink on a cold snowy day MrRoss (646) - Delta, British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 14, 2009
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2010 Love those wonderful one-litre swing top bottles so favoured by Howe Sound! A creamy tan head started out at perhaps two fingers in depth, and then fell away, slowly, to a quarter-inch, all this taking some five minutes. The body was a lovely dark amber, and the aroma was malt, spices, and a suggestion of dark fruit. Much the same for the taste, along with a mouthfeel I can only class as "solid". Finished smooth with just a hint of sweetness. THis is my new favourite Christmas season beer. Bierdimpfe (640) - Quebec, CANADA - JUN 22, 2017
Clear copper color with almost no activity. Slightly creamy and bubbly dark beige 2 finger head, lasting around 5 minutes, with decent legs. Flavors of cinnamon, dark grains, toffee, nutmeg, light walnuts, rye, herbal spices. Pleasant gingerbread feel, not overwhelming, quite sugary but ends with bitter Christmas spices (feels more than 18 IBU). Slick and milky medium to full body with soft crispy carbonation. Strong finish, candy like, burnt brown sugar and cinnamon bread, molasses, liquorice, vanilla, ginger, and leafy hops. Very nice taste, good balance, very festive but still enjoyable. Holds up very well, it’s smooth while bold and having decent freshness. Good accessibility. Though I wouldn’t drink this for all year long. Overall very good quality craft.