Bulk_Carrier (6065) - Vermont, USA - APR 19, 2017
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance was a mostly dark amber/tan sort of color with a finger’s worth of quickly dieing white/off white head. Lace just slides into the beer.
The aroma had some sweet wheat, light clove, nuts, nutmeg and then a sharp spruciness.
The flavor tried to blend the sweet to the spice but ends up layering itself as it warms - sweet sometimes, spicy other times. Warming sweet wheaty/clove-like aftertaste and riding on into the finish.
The feel had a contrast between the spicy harshness to the sweet smoothness as it didn’t seem to really want to meld together, once again like in the taste, yes, it’s separated. Sits between light and medium bodied.
Overall, odd beer, not sure what else to say. ClarkVV (6862) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 31, 2005
Draught snifter at the brewpub, 12/27/2005. Deep amber-tan colored body, with some nut brown highlights and a small, poorly retained beige head, little to no lacing left behind. Mostly clear body. Aroma brings forth remnants of wheat, clove, alcohol, nuts, crystal malts and other spices (nutmeg perhaps). Rather sharp/poignant it seems to need a good dose of soothingly sweet malt to take the edge off. And the flavor is just the same. Hard candies (orange, apple, plum) with more clove and cinnamon and a warming sensation that grows quite acute by the finish. Hops are mostly bitter, lightly floral in flavor and quite drying, exacerbating the sharp alcohol and dry spices. Chewy wheat-like qualities seem at odds with the hard, papery crystal malts and light toasted graininess. The body is only medium, for all the flavors going on, both harsh and sweet, and the texture is lightly chewy at times, while warming gives it a bit of wateriness. MartinT (10036) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 30, 2005
On tap at the brewpub:maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2005
Berry candy and piney hops ooze a festive wooden sap...Citrus fruit latch on to cinnamon spiciness and important fruity caramel sweetness...Roasted malt bitterness roams in the back, but agrees with most present...An original pint of sweet and perfumy spiciness, but too sweet to be a quaffer...
Clear orange color with a think white head. Spiced malt aroma. Spiced flavor with some malty tones. dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 22, 2003
Copepr in color.Chocolatelky/roasted malt aroma.Flavors of spices(cinamon/ginger perhaps?),malt,spicy bitterness with a clean finish.