rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 4, 2013
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep ruby with a thick one finger tan head. Excellent head retention and lacing.
Aroma is very nice and definitely lets me know this is a winter warmer. Lots of spice in the way of orange peel, ginger and clove. Also a healthy shot of cocoa along with a dark roastiness.
The spice elements are more muted in the flavor. Ginger is quite prominent but orange and cocoa sneaks in. There is an odd chalkyness on the sides of the tongue that I am not crazy about. Not completely sure where that comes from but I am guessing they went a little heavy on the ginger. Some grassy hops also sneak through adding a nice element apart from the spice. Bitterness is moderate and enough to balance out the sweetness from the malt. Full and sticky mouthfeel.
Overall, a really decent winter warmer. I feel like the ginger might be overdone a little bit but I really like the chocolate and roast and it all seems to come together fairly well. Worth picking up if you come across it.
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2011
Purchased from Remke/Biggs at Glenway Crossing in Cincinnati, Ohio - Alright, this one pours a dark mahogany hued brew with a light tan head of foam and an allspice/malt aroma. Tastewise, this is a fine Winter beer, with many spice and fruit complexities to the flavor! The body’s a tad light, but so it goes. Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
Pours a dark red-brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral. Taste is herbal, some honey, some clove, perhaps some coriander (?), and a mild albeit general malt character. A little thin lacing. Syrupy mouth feel. Surprised to see that this was 8% alcohol.
My problem with this beer was that there were lots of aromas and flavors missing for me. I missed the ginger and spruce completely. The same with the orange. Overall not bad, but I was looking very forward to those elements. They just weren’t there. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2011
Aroma: Caramel and chocolate with hints of ginger and cinnamon.
Appearance: Dark amber, almost opaque black, with a thick tan head that dissipates quickly.
Taste: Light sweetness with a hint of bitterness in the finish.
Palate: Medium body, crisp, clean texture, average carbonation, decent finish.
Overall: Comes across as a nice spice porter. Not too spiced, but the flavors are there. It’s just a well rounded beer, not mind blowing, but well done and quite tasty.
arn8897 (455) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2015
Pours a clear copper color with an off white head. Aromas of, roasty, spruce, clove. Flavors the same with some malty flavor. Alcohol is hidden pretty well. Light to medium mouth feel. Nice lacing in the glass. Nice winter ale.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 30, 2010
Pours a clear dark amber with a lasting, one finger white head. Immediately hit with chocolate with caramel and dry roasted coffee. Pretty good on this cold evening. bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 14, 2008
growler from Jungle Jims. Flavor is hickory smoke, mild hops, poured over wet wood. The best thing going for it may be the thick malty body, but not much else. Nah. higgsbison (275) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
I found the spices to be offputting. Metallic with a long-lasting metallic aftertaste. Also a bit bitter but not a normal hop bitterness and I didn't care for that either.that was my original assessment of it and I gave it a 2.5. Then I let it warm up and found it much more palatable and raised it to a 2.9
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