MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 21, 2003
A birthday clown does his best to spread a festive atmosphere, sprinkling loads of nutmeg and cinnamon onto the children, as they look back quizzical...He juggles a few sweet oranges, which is appreciated throughout all this aggressive spice, but, still, the celebrated are unimpressed...In a last-minute, top-of-the-head choreography, he balances a blob of caramel on his goofy red nose and the buds appreciate the valiant effort...A smile, but no exhilaration... DrSilverworm (9671) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 25, 2013
12oz bottle, from Dilly Deli. Bottled October, Week 4, 2012. Whoa, I had no idea that this was much higher than 7% when I drank it at the bar. Nice nose - honey balances out the malt and spices. Nutmeg. Some clove. Some cinnamon. Medium body. Light, smooth carbonation. No stickiness or lingering viscosity in the finish. Mostly clear amber / brown color. Minimal head, no lace. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light sweetness from the honey. Solid and interesting holiday brew. Also interesting that it’s a lager, rather than your traditional holiday ale. Got to give it an extra point too, for sneaking that alcohol by me so stealthily onceblind (9626) - 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. blipp (9268) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Bottle. Pours clear amber with an off white head. Ginger, cinnamon, honey, and cloves. Clean and clear. Surprisingly good. 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.
jredmond (8283) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2010
Draft in philly. Poured a dark amber red. Aroma is cinnamon and njutmeg. Taste is sweet cinnamon, nut, malt, and slight alcohol. after4ever (8025) - Mukilteo, Washington, USA - FEB 24, 2008
12-oz. Thanks, BitBucket! Pours a dark grainy amber with ruddy highlights; moderate creamy tan head. Big tart cherry nose, lots of sweetness that must be from the honey. Dense creamy body, really nothing like any lager you’ve had except for maybe the biggest doppelbocks. Lots of different dark spices and black pepper on the mid-palate. This is a highly singular and different beer, very unusual and a pleasure to drink. PorterPounder (7961) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - MAY 18, 2008
Savannah, Ga. - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - 12 oz bottle. Dark copper pour, sticky off-white head - decent lacing. Strong aroma of spices, meat marinade and citrus. Flavor profile matches the aroma with some cloves and ginger thrown in there for good measure. Hard to describe meatiness permeates throughout. Thickish, chewy mouthfeel. Pleasantly surprised. Ernest (7692) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2002
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Bottle. Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie), with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, honey, alcohol (slightly fusel), orange peel. Flavor is heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter. Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, moderately alcoholic. First off, I’m embarrassed at my notes, considering I practically list the exact same spices that are listed on the front label...but I swear I didn’t read it prior to writing up my aromatic notes. And in a sense that is one of the reasons I rather admire this beer...the spice blend is in such perfect harmony that an amateur like myself can literally detect every single addition...the honey is obvious, the clove is obvious, etc. None of them stick out above the others, nor do they clobber the malt nose. I can’t say that I smell hops or yeast, but that’s ok considering the type of beer this is attempting to be. The alcohol is maybe a touch fusel, but that’s expected from the honey and high ABV. I’m not a fan of sweet-and-boozy kinds of beers, but for what this is setting out to be, it performs quite well. Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 23, 2005
Bottle. Hazy medium orange/amber pour with a light layer of well-retained short off-white head. Lots of well-suspended sediment in the beer. Oranges and wintry spices were loud and proud in the sweet, warming aroma. Flavor was also powerfully sweet, and the description of "honey, oranges, and spices" is very accurate. I really liked the honey base, and this brew would be great with some rich carrot cake or pumpkin pie. I’ll definitely be picking up more of these for some cold winter nights around the fireplace.