HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - MAY 3, 2014
12 oz. bottle. Pours a hazed orangish amber with a medium white head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, and all spice, mild toffee. Flavor is cinnamon forward with subtle ginger notes. Mild toffee sweetness. Some cookie malt notes. Medium bodied, nice carbonation. Finishes almost like a xmas cookie. Pretty nice. thome50 (1295) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - APR 27, 2014
Bottle while moving from OC to the Central Coast. Pours a moderate clear orange with big(ish) white head. Aroma is apple, spice and some banana. Taste is caramel apple, Belgian spice and some slight metallic aftertaste. This was a nice Fall/Winter beer. Just light enough for me but I wish I had shared the bottle. 4-6oz would be good with Thanksgiving dinner. I feel I have some NG bias that I need to drink their beer at every holiday. 1pintatatime (171) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - APR 27, 2014
Pours a deep caramel color. Relatively clear and with a medium cream-colored head. A rich aroma of cinnamon, yeast, with hints of brandy, cloves, and toffee Taste is sweet but with a hint of smoke lingering in the background. Bread, fruitcake, and banana are present. Medium bodied. Just enough hops on the finish to make things interesting. Not an every day beer for me, but it would be great with a big, holiday dinner. markducommun (1224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 27, 2014
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2014 Thick, creamy tan head with an orange gold and relatively clear. Clove, honey, some cinnamon and allspice. Tons of oak and vanilla. Some bitterness, some spice. Some amount of sweetness through the middle of the beer. Finishes predominantly bitter. Medium body, fairly high alcohol. Fair bit of acidity, some carbonation. Nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
This one poured a light brown to red with a beige head. Aroma was of spice, toasted malt and some brown sugar. Flavor was all of those plus some wild funky notes and some cheese maybe. Interesting.
Prufrockstar (2259) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - APR 20, 2014
Bottle, bonused by rxeight -- thanks! Pours amber with tight-bubbled white head replenished by a nice stream of bubbles before dissipating to a ring. Aroma is surprisingly similar to the dubbel, minus the cherry, but plus some very nice bready, chewy, toffee notes and some cinnamon bark. Taste is malt driven without being particularly sweet; the baking spice is present but not at all overpowering. To my meager palate, this works better as a dubbel than the beer they have marketed as a dubbel. I don’t tend to be a big fan of spiced beers, but this one keeps the spices well in check, present by not oppressive. Went well with dessert. Alcohol is present enough that my wife told me "this tastes like whisky" - I wouldn’t go that far myself, but the alcohol burn does linger. bytemesis (9207) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - APR 17, 2014
Bottle. Ours clear orange amber with a small beige head that dissipates with good lacing. Aroma is spiced, caramel, a bit of tart apple. Flavor is spicy, medium sweet. Medium body. Touch of metal queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2014
Bottle courtesy of Atom. Cinnamon, ginger, and buttery caramel malt aroma. Slightly hazed copper with a large beige head. Ginger, oak, slight bitter cinnamon, and caramel malt flavor. Medium body, moderate carbonation. islay (3004) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - APR 3, 2014
Approximately 8 oz. pour from a 12 oz. bottle. Consumed on 4-2-14. Tart aroma features scents of pear, bubblegum, lemon, salt, and banana nut muffin. Pours a clear, light copper with a small amount of beige head. Pretty nice color but subpar head and nothing special in appearance. Flavors of banana, lime, milk, bubblegum, caramel, and ginger. A bit spicy, and there is a dry, lightly spicy finish, but I would never describe this beer as particularly spicy, let alone name it "Spiced Ale." Surprising hefeweizen-esque elements to the aroma and flavor (but there are non-hefeweizen-esque elements as well). Light to medium body. Soft, frothy, and lively in the palate. Overall, interesting and not what I expected but really not very good. I strongly suspect that the brewery’s strong reputation is inflating the ratings on this site. brian60625 (756) - Illinois, USA - MAR 30, 2014
12 ounce bottle in a snifter glass. Cinnamon and brown sugar sweetness in the aroma. It has a big nose. Appears a dark gold or a amber copper color. Bubbly liquid and tan head on top. The taste is just as sweet as the aroma and there's a scotch ale edge of warmth and abv assertiveness. Brown sugar and caramel flavors pop out, clearly malt-driven. Medium bodied and thoroughly carbonated. Pretty solid, great to drink slowly as it warms up and the flavors start floating out, and well worth a spot in a mix six.