gws57 (1276) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2007
Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Billed as "Harvard Spiced Ale." Cloudy, deep red pour with a foamy tan head, cinnamon and clovey nose, very nutmeggy and clove in the taste, spicey finish. This was awesome! pineypower (3347) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2004
Tap in Wayne PA. I requested no brown sugar on my glass.....Poured out a nice amber color with a nice balanced aroma of spice and hops. The taste was rather subtle, but nice, you could still tell it was a beer. Notes of spice, pumpkin and brown sugar were noticible. mjs (7610) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 30, 2009
(Draught at Union Station) Poured amber and lightly hazy with small, bubbling and white head. Aroma of cinnamon and clove. Palate was medium bodied with low carbonation. Tasted of clove, cinnamon, hops, malts, fruitness, bitterness and lightly caramell. Finished spicy and bitter. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 27, 2009
Draft at Union Station, 4.8% ABV. Hazy copper body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, cinnamon, ginger, clove, light caramel. Taste is medium sweet, ginger, some clove, cinnamon, light earthy, caramel. Light-medium body. jonnabrix (137) - Newberrytown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 15, 2006
The unexpected rim of brown sugar on my glass certainly affected the aroma and taste of this one. This was very sweet, with lots of spice like cinnamon and nutmeg. Overall, the flavor wasn’t horrible and fit right with the name. The body was thin and watery.
djones (121) - Michigan, USA - NOV 29, 2008
Brewpub in Cambridge. Translucent amber color. Very noticeable spice flavor, including clove and nutmeg. Medium bodied, with a some hops and an odd sweetness. An alright choice at the pub. yespr (47115) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2011
From tap at the Harvard location. Pours hazy dark orange with a small tan head. Aroma is spiced and caramelish malty. Sweet caramelish, nutmeg and cardemomme. Medium dry, spiced and caramelish into a cookie like finish. chriso (7586) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - DEC 14, 2004
Reddish colour. Very spicy, majoring on cinnamon and nutmeg. Fortunately, there was no brown sugar on the rim here, which is just as well as it was sweet enough already. Not unpleasant, but the spice overwhelmed any other characteristics that the beer may have possessed and it came over as a bit unintegrated and unbalanced. On tap at John Harvard’s, Washington DC.
DrGonzo (625) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
On tap at the Framingham strip mall location. So I apparently didn’t hear the bartender say that the rim of the glass would be lined with brown sugar, and almost thought that I recieved a margarita. That will not factor in the beer rating, although, ashamed as I may be to admit it, or ashamed as the beer should be, it actually made the beer more palateable. Dark copper color, medium head. Apple crisp aroma, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, quite nice actually. The flavor however takes a sharp downturn, fairly weak, grainy, some spices, lacking in sweetness (like it needs to be fermented) that I think they try to compensate for with the sugar. I won’t drink this one again. BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 18, 2004
(DC) Dark amber/orange color with a small, tan head. Aroma: Huge cinnamon & nutmeg initially, some cardamom, pepper. Taste: Quite sweet with notes of pumpkin, lots of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel. Medium bodied.