alexsdad06 (10476) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2014
Bottle from backlog notes 07. Pours a clear amber brown color with a medium plus sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have a base of toasted malts with honey, ample spices, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, light caramel, sweeter but the spices cut through, no sign that this is almost 10%. Beerdedone (3408) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 17, 2014
Bottle. Pours reddish brown with a nice tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and earthy spices. Flavor was quite sweet with caramel, honey, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg and holiday spices. TXBadger (2811) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 24, 2014
Spicy aroma, ginger, cinnamon, coriander, and nutmeg. All follow onto the palate to give this holiday beer a nice complex flavor. Finishes with a bready note. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - APR 9, 2014
Bottle poured into a shaker. Pours a dark brown with a finger of off-white head. Aroma of citrus, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is similar. The nutmeg and cinnamon really come through in the finish. Full bodied with a thick, creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a very long finish. Awesome beer. I grab me some every year. rumproasts (5425) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 3, 2014
bottle. reddish brown with small head. big sweet beer with a lot of spice in this one. maybe a bit over the top for me.
johnnymusky (983) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 13, 2014
not my thing at all....cloves honey and cinnamon....way to sweet...after taste was awful.did smell good though. jbrana (640) - NASHVILLE, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Tastes like butterscotch, cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Too sweet and too spicy for my liking, but not too bad. onceblind (9860) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
Murky dark ruby with a thin bubbly light tan head. Aroma kinda has some plum and fruit cake notes, but that fruit cake is just a little past its prime. Taste is large and smooth, sweet and fruity. Basically put, it tastes like a Belgian quad with a lager yeast; lots of date and stone fruit tones mixed with dark spice cake and cinnamon, with a dryish earthy lager yeast finish. Interesting and complex. UkrainPubCrawler (121) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 26, 2014
This is a very delicious seasonal beer. This beer probably has the best blend of flavors of a holiday seasonal I’ve had. Delicious blend of spices contribute to the amazing flavor of this beer. Nice foamy head and great hoppy flavor! Excellent! keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 12, 2014
Bottled October 24, 2013.
Appearance: The body is a beautiful mahogany-garnet hue with good clarity that shows off big carbonation bubbles in the body. The head is short and fizzy, quickly dissipating into a very thin light tan ring and a spotty coating.
Aroma: The aroma is a nice blend of spices, I pick up some cinnamon and ginger with big semi-sweet malts hinting at brown sugar and some biscuit. The aroma is inviting and enjoyable, not overly spiced but they are definitely there.
Taste: Oh this is quite pleasant, a big malty lager with prominent spices. The beer starts off with some malty biscuit, toasted and caramel malts with a light citrus overtone. The malts get stronger as nutmeg overlies them, adding a nice complexity. The malt base is mostly strong caramel throughout, very nicely balanced with the spices though. The finish is reminiscent of Troegenator, malty with a slight dark fruitiness to it. The finish lingers nicely of cinnamon and brown sugar, a tasty presence that surprised me initially in a good way. The finish shows some alcohol, but overall this really hides it nicely.
Palate: Full-bodied, lightly carbonated.
Overall: This is a beer I certainly plan to buy again next year for the holiday times. I feel sad that I didn’t have this on Christmas as this would make an excellent breakfast beer for Christmas. The spices are prominent, but they compliment the strong malt base nicely. I can’t say I taste any honey though. Good beer, worth trying!