adamnase (911) - Kronoby, FINLAND - NOV 24, 2017 gdubu493 (60) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2013 Draft at Tara Thai on Massachusetts Avenue in Washington, DC. Decent aroma. Amber color. Taste was just okay. Went surprisingly well with spicy Thai food.
355ml bottle from Alko, Pietarsaari. Pours amber coloured with an small white head. Burnt sugar and fruits in aroma. Quite sweet flavor of caramel and wheat. Easy to drink,slightly bitter finish sudomorph (1191) - Barrie, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 18, 2017
Draft. Pours a nice caramel with a finger of khaki head that leaves nice rings and lacing. Aroma has notes of spice, and caramel. Taste has notes of caramel, toffee, spices, citrus, and a drawn out ending. Medium body and carbonation. Pretty clean on the mouth. hitemwitthehein (22) - - NOV 18, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2017 ABV - 5.2 IBU - 22
.Appearance: Dark reddish brown, frothy two finger tan head. No visible carbonation. Very appealing.
.Aroma: Orange zest, subtle spice, malt, biscuits, slight grassy earthiness.
. Taste: Orange peel, sweet malt, some spice, subtle hop bitterness on the finish, not overly complex.
.Palate: Flat carbonation, smooth, easy drinking, light body, crisp.
.Doesn't resonate with me, but a very good beer for what it is. An easy drinking lager with subtle flavors and a smooth, easy finish. Enjoyable.
kustie (1316) - Tampere, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2017
Bottle. Amber color with off-white head. Aroma has caramel, malt. Taste is malty sweet with quite long aftertaste aftertaste. Flavors of caramel, malt, spices. GregMooreNH (122) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 11, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 11, 2017 Pours dark with medium head. Aroma is slight toffee with nutmeg tones. Taste has caramel notes with cinnamon. Finish is light with a hint of spice. A decent winter beer.
arn8897 (448) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2017
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2017 Pours clear golden yellow with a white head. Aromas of malt and spices nothing special. Light mouth feel. Little lacing in the glass. oobawa (1748) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 2, 2017
Nothing too interesting going on with this pint, basically a restrained winter warmer that comes and goes from your palate with nary a trace. Malt-forward with caramel and mild toffee notes backed up by a subtle citric undertone and mild hints of cinnamon and ginger. Doesn't taste like hand lotion, which puts in head and shoulder above half the other beers in the winter warmer category, but also never establishes any character beyond its general mediocrity. Has its proponents, though (like my mom), and there's nothing offensive here, just a malt-driven dark lager with yuletide spicing. Pretty pour comes out red-orange with a lasting white head and moderate lacing. Basic lager aroma, no more, no less. Creamy texture and full body feel like winter beer, so that's nice. No-frills holiday brew. Bill Becker (1809) - Casper, Wyoming, USA - OCT 17, 2017
From Dec 2005
Poured from bottle(rom temp) a medium gold with a fairly large head that dissipated slowly...good lacing.
The smell is of sweet spices and malt though I had to work to sense them.
The taste is quite nice. I taste roasted malt with a dash of spice, mainly the cinnamon mentioned on the label;^) And...it has a nice lingering aftertaste of said spices with just a bit of bitterness.
Overall, this is a good example of the style and I recommend it.
PS: The Sam Adams holiday pack in general is pleasing; only the Cranberry "Lambic" disappointed me.
higgsbison (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 20, 2017
May 2015. I've had this beer many many times, and used to like it. Now, not so much. I don't care for the spices so much. But it's a decent brew
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone gripweed57 (2872) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JUL 12, 2017
From old tasting notes. Reddish brown color with a huge beige head. Delicious spicy nutmeg aroma. Zesty toasted malt flavor with hints of cocoa and cinnamon. Good hop flavor. Dry finish and aftertaste.