Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and earthiness. Sweet resinsy, caramel taste, with some grapefruit notes mixed in. Really excellent. Has the characteristics of a hoppy red ale. superspak (5672) - Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2015
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/29/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/spice earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit notes; with good strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and herbal/spice earthiness. Slight spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, honey, toast, brown bread, plum, fig, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a while. Damn nice complexity and robustness of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy, and lightly slick/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is fairly well hidden with a small-moderate warming present after the finish. Overall this is an excellent winter spiced ale. All around great robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt, spices, and dark fruit flavors; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering. AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - NOV 10, 2004
Beautiful mahogony color with a big spice aroma (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon) and toasty, warm malt. Intensity of flavor though it is incredibly balanced between malt and spice. Malt sweetness provides a perfect foundation for the spices. There is a crispness and the smooth character of a lager but I notice a fruity flavor like that of an ale (maybe it is the honey or the orange doing this). This is great with a fresh baked, chocolate chip cookie. brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2004
Spicest aroma I’ve ever encountered in a beer,nutmeg cinnimon, ginger,taste is spicey but not overpoweringly so,thought it would taste like a tea,but it was more like a Captain Morgan smooth and strong, a couple of these and you can handle any crowded mall CanIHave4Beers (4187) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - JUN 4, 2010
Holy wow that pours with one enormous tight beautiful head, and lets not forget the wonderful color of the beer such a deep reddish orange color, it’s a damn pretty glass of beer all together. It’s the fifth of june but the aroma of this beer seriously feels like christmastime. They’ve nailed it, I honestly get a sensation that it ought to be 80 degrees cooler than it is every time I hold this up to my nose. That nice ginger spice cookie with the clove and the orange and the toasty nuttiness complimenting the dark coca. It’s like potpourri in the very best sense of the term. The flavor is rich and ripe with clove spiciness and the beer is fruity in a way that uses oranges to their full potential, but lets not neglect the very nice apple rind notes as well. There is a spicy bitterness that just lingers long and wonderfully. Everything about this beer compliments sweetness but there is nothing at all cloying about it. Of course I just looked up to see that this is hanging out at 9.5% abv, wow there is nothing in this beer that would lead one to believe that it is that strong, although that might account for how well it’s kept. I absolutely must get some more of this come holiday season next year.
Damico (3147) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2011
There is a slightly malty aroma, but not enough with the spices. It pours a beautiful bright amber color. The flavor is sweet, spicy, and malty – a delicious combo; tastes very nicely sweet and spicy – holiday cloves or something of the sort, then calms down on the palate and ends with some smooth booziness . The body is more like an ale than a lager. Bootus (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
caramel, licorice, woody, tan foam, brown, lightly bitter, medium sweetness PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
12/06/13 trade from Jamil. Yummy cent of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet honey. Decently dark pour for a lager with a nice head. Medium silky feel. Cinnamon, nutmeg flavor melding I to sweet honey, fruity notes. Delicious.
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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 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.