DeanF (2456) - Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2016 mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date. Bottem of cap read: Hop to it!
Pours a thin head that doesn’t last very long. Color is a hazy orange copper.
The aroma is of spices. A nut mag flavor is present. There also seems to be some cherry aromas floating around, as well as slight earthy hops.
The first thing I tasted in this beer was the hops. It tasted kind of like SN Celebration. The hops were very earthy, followed by holiday spices. There was also a vanilla flavor present.
Mouthfeel starts out bitter, like an ipa, but the gets really smooth. However, it leaves a dry aftertaste like an ipa.
Overall, this is a really easy to drink and at 7% I could easily session this beer. It is complex and has a lot of taste to it. I really like this winter beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-10-2009 05:32:26
This smells like the potpourri at grandma’s house in december. Or holy shit that perfume place you always get dragged into over the holidays by your overzealous sisters. They are doting over the plastic floral arrangements and wicker endtables and you are standing there awkwardly wonder how you can duck out and fuck off to the bar. But this has great head and a nice clear brown body. Looks like your average amber right out but obviously that ain’t the case with that potpourri stench. This is like drinking a poundcake straight up, good sweetness and year, this would go great with a Christmas custard. Good on the mouth and not too intrusive. This is really a good seasonal brew, would go well with dessert if you can convince grandma to let you drink it when she pulls out the pudding. Homer321 (5070) - Melboring, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Draft at DFW. Aroma is lightly spicy and phenolic, cloves. Pour is fairly clear, deep red. Minimal off white head. Taste is caramel sweet with a faint bitterness. Flavor seems like a muddled combo of clove and allspice with a sweet caramel backbone that isn’t balanced. Ok at best. drjay44 (3708) - Salida, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2016
12 oz. bottle. 7.5% ABV per the label. Pours a thin well retained ivory head over a clear dark Amber (SRM 14) body......"nose is toasted malts with toffee/caramel tones, light dried fruits, primarily raisin, fig, light spice tones, balance to the malts........taste is mild sweetness with toffee/caramel notes, moderate bread, cracker, mild hop spice, becoming lingering hop bitter.....mouth feel, medium light body, moderate alcohol warmth, moderate to high carbonation with light acid tingle. The malts are a bit on the light side in aroma and flavor and the hops a bit too big for the British Strong Ale category. More toffee/caramel and nuttiness would be the goal, which would balance the hops. As the beer warms the malts come up somewhat. BJCP 8/3/15/4/7 oldrtybastrd (5002) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2016
Pours a reddish brown. Sweet caramel/roasty aroma. Roast malt/chocolate flavor with a touch of fruit and great hops. Cajun (534) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAR 27, 2016
12 oz bottle - Pours deep amber. Nose of spice and dark malt. Flavor of malted grain and leather, with some spice... cloves... vanilla...alcohol... and toasted nuts.
charule (2268) - New York, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2016
Bottle from Zinister. Poured clear amber with min head. Aroma sweet malty caramel some light xmasy spice cranberry. Light carb med bod. Taste mosty sweet straight malts. drowland (8676) - Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2016
1/28/16. On tap at Landshark’s in Destin. Amber pour with a small khaki head. Light caramel aroma, toffee, spice, grassiness. Lightly sweet flavor, caramel, toffee, some fruitiness, spices. Meh. Niko100 (2913) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2016
Rich amber color; Medium creamy body; Aroma of toasted malt, caramel/toffee, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, toffee, fruit, some hops, and spice; Decent. Fujimo2000 (167) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 10, 2016
Pour sunset orange with almost no lacing. Aroma is dried fruit with slight cloves. Taste is complex malts and slight alcohol. Very nice. Hinez57 (253) - Clinton, Mississippi, USA - DEC 22, 2015
Grainy, highly kilned, malty, caramel, and spicy hop notes in aroma. Beautiful appearance but low head formation and retention. Taste reflect aroma. Finishes dry yet moderately sweet. Overall very drinkable. Smooth, slightly complex.