Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Picked up a single 12-oz bottle at Coffee Grounds in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Pours a clear golden copper amber colored brew with a thick and rocky off-white head that really sticks around with excellent lacing. Aroma of almond marzipan, a hint of cinnamon, allspice and caramel malt. Taste is full bodied, soft carbonation with more holiday spice flavors such as cinnamon, yeast, a touch of bread dough and toffee. Finish is semi-sweet, quite smooth and a mild lingering yeast and spice aftertaste. Homer321 (5248) - Melboring, Florida, USA - FEB 27, 2014
Bottleshare thanks to DexterCat. Moderate orange rind and clove in the nose. Pale brown color. Minimal head. Moderate spice character in the flavor. Somewhat like Christmas cookies. Moderate carbonation. Tasty. BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 25, 2014
Mildly hazy orange with moderate carbonation, soapy head and good lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, pumpkin, ginger, cloves, toffee and yeasts. Flavor is the same but with a high clove kick; Warms you up. Body is quite heavy and has some moderate carbonation. Pretty good! JStax (7307) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 24, 2014
12 ounce bottle poured into a mini snifter. Pours a clear copper with a white head of foam. The aroma is spice forward. A little sweet, but the spice is just too much for my liking. Medium body and medium carbonation. fidelis83 (2535) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 17, 2014
Clear dark copper pour with a 3 finger, creamy yellow-beige head that has great retention and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is loaded with a very nice spice blend up front, warm but mellow cinnamon, earthy ginger, maybe some allspice, but I have a harder time picking that out, dried apple and orange peels, lots of toffee and caramel, earthen woody notes and a hint of toasty oak. Flavor is loaded with toffee, warming spice -lots of mellow cinnamon, more ginger than the aroma and possibly some clove, though that could be the allspice- and tons of banana oil up front, then light woody notes, dark chewy caramel, orange peels, overripe apple, light pine and herbal hops. Medium to heavy body with a chewy feel throughout, light to medium, sharp and blanketing carbonation. Good stuff overall, really hits the spot on a cold night. Probably the most warming beer (especially in the stomach) I have had that isn’t ridiculously boozy, spiced with peppers (that I know of) or a complete punch to the face with cinnamon or ginger. This stuff has plenty of cinnamon and ginger, but they didn’t really go crazy with it. It really hits it mark around 55F, at fridge temp the fruity notes just don’t fit well.
charule (2302) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 16, 2014
Bottle from NG. Poured clear dark amber with super lace of beige head. Aroma of apple banana spice. Light carb med bod. Tastes almost exactly the same as aroma. Hangs around. Different. 17thfloor (2444) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 10, 2014
Interesting beer. Pours a clear, viscous glowing amber with a frothy white head, gorgeous. Appley aroma, cinnamon, other spices and fruits, complex and different, unique. Flavor follows, bready malty, lively but soft carbonation, lingering oak and vanilla. Guerde (1297) - Leuven, BELGIUM - FEB 8, 2014
(bottle) Always like to give the Thumbprints a try, and this one sounded particularly interesting. Pours a clear copper color with a large white head and a good amount of lacing. Aroma is certainly spiced, and spiced well I might add; with predominant scents of cinnamon, ginger, oak, and allspice to a lesser extent. Lot of things happening here which makes this interesting: First, the cinnamon heat matches very well with the booze, and the two sort of "spike" together as you sniff. Second, the ginger plays really well not only with the cinnamon and booze, but also with the underlying oak. Third, the allspice kind of flits in and out of perception, so I don’t perceive it that much. The odd thing about the flavor is that the stages perceived in the aroma aren’t really present here, and instead everything’s pretty muddled together. Starts out with caramels before the spices and everything else jump in all at once, and then the beer finishes with lingering oak, ginger, cinnamon, and booze heat. I’d say the cinnamon component is the best feature of the flavor and aroma. The mouthfeel is really nice and full with soft carbonation. Overall this is another solid showing from New Glarus. olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 7, 2014
12oz bottle thanks to Ghostface. Pours a dark orange with a large white head. Vanilla cinnamon and sweet malt taste. AWISLguy (3419) - Wisconsin, USA - FEB 6, 2014
Bottle from Woodmans in the Falls. Pours a reddish orange with a pink-y white head leaving some drops of lace. Attractive. Aroma has fruits and spices (cinnamon and allspice in there, at least) with some caramel; sweetly holiday smelling. Taste is of sweet cherries, oak, some cinnamon and some caramel, with some other spices poking through on occasion. Light to medium bodied with a slight alcohol presence. Finishes spicy and sweet with a bit of length and some barrel presence. It teetered near "too spicy" at times, but the oak and cherry and malts hung tough. Will be an interesting one to cellar for a while.