BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Tap - Wilmington. Pours black into a cinnamon sugar rimmed glass with a large, creamy brown head, long retention and excellent lacing. Aroma is cinnamon sugar, roast and chocolate malt, leather yeast, and dark fruity esters. Flavor is malt with spices, light bitterness and hops and a dry finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation. DocLock (11189) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 12, 2011
Chestnut colored with aroma notes of malt, figgy fruit, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Tastes malty, with a pronounced x-mas spice flavor, backup hops, and an overall rich and smooth palate. dmac (6576) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Draught at Maple Shade. My notes read "classic winter spices in a smooth lightly carbonated body. The head retention on this was amazing since it came with 5 other 4 oz samples and I drank this one dead last and the head was still sitting there smiling at me. Served with a rim of cinnamon and brown sugar so the aroma was all spice and no hops. Flavor was winter spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar) and to a lesser extent roasted malts". Nice beer but next time I will have to sample one in an unrimmed glass but I must admit it was a nice touch and worked. sonnycheeba (6561) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Draft @ brewpub. Sample served with cinnamon and brown dishes rim, which dominated the aroma and only a few spice notes made it through. Not an accurate representation of the beer’s aroma. Pours dark brown with frothy beige head. Flavor was roasted malts, cinnamon and nutmeg which eased into a smooth spice finish. Good beer, but I would be interested in trying it without the extra flavors on the rim of the glass. ganache (6089) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2013
Tap in Voorhees. Served in a glassed half-frosted at the rim with sugar and cinnamon. Deep mahogany appearance with red/amber highlights underneath. Traditional Christmas spices in the mouth -- cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger? Cherry. Nose contaminated by the glass frosting, but it’s not intrusive once I get to the oral phase. Very sweet, low bitterness, mild chocolate, mild vanilla, light licorice or anise. Medium body. Pleasant, and I appreciate the bold fruitiness.
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2012
Draught at Phoenixville BrewPub: Aroma of spices, malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Poured dark brown/very deep orange in color with a small, creamy, dense, tan head that greatly diminished but lasted around the edges. Hazy. Slightly sparkling. Flavor is medium sweet. Tastes of malt, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, slight chocolate, faint molasses, slight cola, and some roasting. Medium body. Lightly dry, lightly chalky texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malt, spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, slight chocolate finish is dry. TomDecapolis (4636) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 14, 2008
On tap at Pville. Pours a hazy deep reddish brown with a smaller bubbly off white head. Aroma of toasted malt, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, nuts and brown sugar. Flavor was a match of the aroma. MrChopin (4305) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Tap at Wilmington. Hazy chesnut, thin white small bubbled ring, light wisp. Nose is soft, lightly toasted dates and dough, bit of banana esters. Flavor is equally soft, more toasty, less date more banana bread, dryer through soft low carbonation bitterness. Overall pretty sweet and muted but with decent grain and esters to add complexity, and certainly drinkable. Ask for it without the cinnamon gloss as the brewery likes serving this despite it adding sweetness and spice that masks the malt balance and reduces the beer to a thinner, watery contrast. LilBeerDoctor (4231) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2011
On tap at IH Newark. Pours a cloudy brown with a thick light tan head. Aroma of wintery spices (clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg) and anise star. Flavor of roasted malt, bitter chocolate, plus the above spices. This is not your average spiced beer- the spices are well melded and more than just cinnamon and nutmeg. Also the base beer is solid. The cinnamon rim augments, but does not obscure. Great winter warmer!
8/4/9/4/16 (4.1/5) alobar (3967) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2010
On tap in North Wales. Clear copper color with a white head. Aroma of cinnamon, cardamon, and nutmeg. Flavor matches aroma with some vanilla. Very nice beer.