r464 (2360) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2012
Aroma is cinnamon and spice. Malty with a caramel and nut flavor in conjunction with sweetness and spice. A touch of hops in the finish. Strong and full bodied. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 12, 2012
I knew exactly what was getting into as soon as took the first whiff. Is it sweet? yes, it is. Is it heavy? Yes, it is that, also. Does it become cloying and undrinkable about halfway through the bottle? Why, yes, yes it does. It does smells nice, however. julieimagery (182) - Coconut creek, Florida, USA - JAN 29, 2012
UPDATED: MAR 8, 2012 One of the best smelling beers I’ve had, it’s very tasty and thick with tons of spices. It tastes like they shoved pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies in a beer form. The honey isn’t too prominent but I do agree it balances the malt taste and makes for a very smooth feel on the tongue (especially on the finish). The alcohol is masked perfectly where it isn’t overwhelming. I would buy it again if I want a very "pumpkin spicy" type beer. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass.
3.0 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. Just half a finger of frothy beige head that fell quickly, leaving no lacing.
4.0 S: Very nice mix of spices. Nutmeg stands out the most, followed by cinnamon and honey. Clove adds that extra something to really make this a great spice blend. Orange is somewhere underneath. Malts give a pleasant caramel aromas. Quite clean overall.
4.5 T: I didn’t expect a lot from a brewery that I’ve never heard of, but it appears that this is a sleeper. I have to say this is the best winter warmer I’ve had this year. Spices follow the nose and as an added bonus, the cinnamon isn’t strong enough to add that goofy flavor that cinnamon tends to add. Caramel maltiness with a slight graininess. Again, quite clean allowing the malts and spices to do their thing.
4.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Very creamy given the body. Super smooth.
4.5 D: I’m going to have to look for this next year. I only wish I drank this a few weeks ago when I first bought it so I could buy some more. Very good example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-03-2012 21:58:37 drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JAN 19, 2012
1/18/12. 12oz bottle thanks to PorterPounder! Clear amber/red pour with a small khaki head that fades and barely laces. Stereoptypical holiday spice profiled aroma... meh. Overly sweet, cloying caramel and malt and pumpkin pie spices. Blegh.
DuffMan (10421) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 14, 2012
Bottle. Dark orange amber, average off-white head. aroma is heavily spicy, also caramel and orange. Flavours of nutmeg, all-spice, candied ginger, candied orange, dark toffee. Nice creamy mouthfeel, medium bodied. Good balance, absolutely no hint of the potent ABV! I was fully prepared for a weak, watery holiday-spice-clone--- I was totally wrong and pleasantly surprised! Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 12, 2012
Bottle wk. 3 of Nov. 2011. Pours clear ruby/garnet with a small creamy beige head. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg, apples and apple pie spice, and brown sugar. Bitter-ish grass with nutmeg and cinnamon, trending into sweet brown sugar. Average.  Leafs93 (2305) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 7, 2012
POurs amber with an offwhite head. Aroma is cinnamon, citrus and caramel. Taste is sweet and spicy. Medium mouth feel. Enjoyable. steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
Unbalanced lots of nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. If this is trying to be like Anchor Steam Special Ale it falls well short. Mainly taste the alcohol in it and it does pack a pretty good punch, Wouldn’t seek this out was not impressed with their Pumpkin beer when I had it years ago. Nice try but it misses the mark. J_man (996) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 3, 2012
Strong spicy cinnamon aroma! Nice clear medium amber with an off-white head. I thought this would be way to cinnamony from the aroma, but the other spices somewhat balanced this out so it was actually quite enjoyable. Still, as the beer warmed, the cinnamon became more pronounced along with the clove and started to become more like a cinnamon stick. Contrary to what I almost always recommend, I’d suggest drinking this colder rather than warmer unless you like a strong cinnamon burn. Other than that, this was a very well balanced and tasty spiced ale. Nice honeyed caramel sweetness that helps tame the spice and probably some hops in there, but it’s hard to pick them out of the spice. Just noticed that this is listed at ABV 9.5%, which if that’s true it’s very well hidden! It would be interesting to age this a year or so and see what happens with the balance between the sweet and spices.