BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rather enjoyable holliday brew. Much indeed like a Christmas cookie. Quite drinkable, though certainly not one to overindulge with.
Hmright (101) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - NOV 15, 2004
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thin white head, nice smellNice spicy aftertaste, I like it because its different. Orange, ginger, and a little bitter. Pretty good finish.
thegreenrooster (4280) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 13, 2004
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a ruby red out of the bottle. Aroma is sugar and spice. Flavor is caramel malts with lots of spice to go around. I get some hops present and a touch of alcohol as well. A nice brew to warm you on a cold winter night. Comes in the winter sampler. I wish they would offer this in a six pack come next winter.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Decent beer. Deep red-brown. Off white head fades out and leaves decent lacing. Malty sweet and spicey aroma. Body is a touch thin. Lots of caramel malt flavors, not so much of the chocolate malt. Peppery spicey, probably the cinnamon. Finish is a little dry and perhaps a bit too involved with the spices added.
Kevin (2195) - Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours a dark brown with a lush creamy light tan head. sweet aroma of caramel with a nutmeg or some kind of similar spice, ah, i see the description now it must be the cinnamon i detect. roasted chocolate and peppery flavor. a bit acidic and it really woke my tongue up with that. finish is a bit of a let down. bitterness without much flavor remains. there is still a bit of a roasted caramel flavor underneath, but not much of it. watery mouthfeel. not a bad beer.
gsteph (324) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours deep reddish brown with a foamy off-white head. Nice lacing. Sweet, malty, caramel aroma with a touch of orange and faint ginger. Toast, chocolate, some orange, and dry cinnamon (like you ate a spoonful of the ground spice). Creamy texture and very palatable. Got it in a Holiday Box. Probably the best of the six.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Smoke, lots of malt, pepper, very slight orange, with a bitter finish. Interesting, but not great.
mjg74 (3077) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark reddish color. Aroma is of chocolate, citrus and spice. Flavor has a chocolate malt base, with lots of spice. Pretty interesting. Not a bad brew.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear and Deep red with brown hints. The aroma is nice with chocolate and dark fruit. Taste is similar with dark fruit chocolate hints and lite cranberry notes (maybe orange as well but I would not have thought about it till I read the description). I thought there was a yeasty/bread aftertaste to this. Not too shabby.
FROTHINGSLOSH (7487) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark chestnut color with a medium sized tan head. The aroma was sour malt and spice - mostly cinnamon. The flavor had a nice malt presence with elements of caramel, maple syrup, fruit and spice. There was a vague, almost Belgian style flavor set to this beer. I found it rather enjoyable and only wish I could get it by itself and not just in their holiday mix case.