JCW (1278) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Spicey beer in aroma and flavor. I'm guessing maybe nutmeg. Sweet taste of honey and acidic taste probably from the orange. redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - FEB 20, 2003
Deep amber color with a medium head that diminishes quickly. Aroma is of oranges and cloves, mainly cloves. Taste is of cloves/cardamom/allspice. This will make your tongue tingle. Truely a Christmas beer as you will need the aromas from cooking pumpkin pie to get you in the mood for this beer. Alcohol is well hidden, would not of guessed 9.5%. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 19, 2003
Dark brown pour with a good deal of carbonation. Potpourri aroma with lots of ginger, cinnamon, and orange peel. Syrupy earthy mouthfeel with a tart sticky finish. This hides its alcohol very well but has a little too much spice for my liking. Still a good beer though. jskendzel (602) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 19, 2003
A magnificent aroma--I agree with others in saying it is a strong cinnamon and probably clove. Lots of carbonation too--had to let the foam settle for a minute. Alcohol extremely well hidden. Slightly medicinal, overall enjoyable and different. Pjones6738 (500) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 11, 2003
Ooh! Now thats a great smelling beer. Cinnamon and all sorts of fun spices. Has a cloudy brown color. Mmmmmmm...a cinnamon beer. There’s other flavors in here too, I’m noticing the honey in particular, but the cinnamon is really what makes this beer. This is delicious. I’m drinking my only bottle of this, I’m going to have to find more while it’s still in season.
delacerveza (166) - Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2003
wow...dat’s watt i’m talkin’ about. for a holiday beer, anyway. VERY heavy clove/cinnamon aroma and a cloudy cinnamon brown color. thin head. tasted like an unsweetened apple pie, heavy on the spices. really, really good. i had no idea what the alc content was til i hit this review page, and the alcohol taste was well-hidden, no vinous taste at all. i’d want to drink more than one, but it’s fairly rich. sorta like a jaegermaister/eggnog combo. yummy. thanks ecvrich!! jayme9874 (756) - Hamburg, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 18, 2003 A murky deep amber color. A thin head that mostly clings to sides of glass. Spicy aroma of pumkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, orange, ginger and others. Thin to medium bodied, lots of carb. Flavors of peppermint, cinnamon dominate, other spices are balanced throughout. A decent underlying malt is detected but spices gobble that up but t maintains itself to provide balance. Alcohol is felt, not tasted, very nice seasonal, I dont taste much of the honey though. Thank you ecrvich. bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
The aroma and flavor of this beer overwhelmed me with the sensation of burning incence. I couldn’t get it out of my head! There is a decent blend of typical holiday type spices, i.e. cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. But that burning incense smell is overwhelming, it almost makes the beer taste smokey. Dogbrick (13012) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2002
I have really enjoyed trying all of the deifferent holiday beers I have been finding lately. This beer pours a dark amber color with a thin light beige head. Aroma immeditattely reminded me of cinnamon-flavored dental floss. Orange smell was also present. The flavor consisted of spices, hops and honey and while slightly unbalanced it was still enjoyable with a rather dry finish. Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 28, 2002
I forgot that this was 9.5%, and I kept wondering why I was getting a warming in the belly while I was drinking it. Otherwise the ABV is very well hidden. I don’t think that I could drink a lot of this, it might get cloying, but my one bottle was nice.