madvike (3264) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Bottle - Deep mahogany pour with a foamy light tan head. Nose is ginger and coriander, a little fruitcake, sweet dark bread, and a bit of boozy warmth. The taste is like a mixed drink you’d have at Christmas. It’s bready and buttery sweet, with more holiday spices and a long, sweet, lightly boozy finish. The 9.5% is there, but other than a little bit in the finish it’s mostly smooth and warm. Has a buttery thick and slick body, with smooth, mouth-filling carbonation. Tasty stuff, from a style that I’m not normally fond of. dfinney23 (3269) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 6, 2014
Mahogany pour with little head. Smells like Christmas. Taste is caramel and spices, lightly bittersweet. Easy to drink, considering the high ABV. notalush (5876) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Pours a dark ruby - moderate lace - the spices are pretty heavy in the nose, especially the orange peel and clove, but these actually work pretty well with the earthy, complex sweetness of the honey - a slight melanoidin richness adds additional depth - creamy texture - rich clover honey flavor - spices seem a little overdone at first - strong clove, especially - but they don’t seem as assertive as the beer warms, and settle into the honey and sweet malts a bit - cinnamon adds an interesting spicy kick late - finish of candied orange peel and nutmeg at the finish, along with some rich maltiness - quite sweet, but a nice beer none-the-less. ChrisSc (464) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv
Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head.
Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish.
Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish.
Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again. arojewski (58) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 5, 2014
Truly a holiday beer! Strong cinnamon and spice notes in both aroma and taste. It’s like Christmas in a glass!
DMLINAZ (332) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
Very flavorful, great winter warmer on Christmas morning. ABV packs a wallop, unexpected for a lager. Caramel base with winter spices. Almost a syrupy mouthfeel, in a good way. icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2013
Bottle. Pours a nice orangish brown with light brown head. Medium body, lively mouthfeel. Bitter orange rind finish. Warming alcohol finish. ryrpat (372) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2013
Not a huge fan of highly spiced beers but for my palate this was just the right amount. Well balanced with a nice warm feel to it. Would have again in moderation
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone geologyguy (1602) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Wish it actually had slightly less alcohol because it actually overwhelms the wonderful taste! Smooth, creamy, milky delightful...great! drink quickly!!! gets harsh with warmth evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
Pours a very slightly hazy red, with very little head. Aromas are banana and nutmeg, some orange, and honey. Cool! Taste is a bit boozy (for a second), followed by a light caramel flavor, more banana and spices, with a solid chunk of orange zest in the finish, along with some more booze. Delightful.