nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
The aroma is very spicy and fruity with all the smells of the season. There is also caramel and pine hops. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a great example of the Christmas/winter/holiday style but a bit to astringent for me. ryanscourt (1571) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
12 oz pour from bottle at perch pub at philadelphia. not too bad, took about an hour to drink though. Can smell and taste the mulling spices. Syrupy and some taste of alcohol. Nice winter beer, but would not be disappointed to wait a year to have again. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Clear, copper color with no head. Strong spice aroma that is approaching cough syrup. Medium body, a little syrupy, moderate finish. Interesting Xmas beer, but not a favorite. annunz123 (975) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Cinnamon, nutmeg, and some medicine in the aroma. Flavor starts spicy then finishes with an herbal bitterness and some alcohol. Different and good. KajII (801) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2012
12oz bottle. The pour was a clear dark cranberry red with a small (less than 1 finger) light brown creamy head that receded steadily, down to a small puddled film and small collar with excellent full sheeting of lacing.
The aroma was a complex mix of scents with a light grain malt and a sweaty yeast along with notes of citrus (orange peel), ginger, clove, cinnamon, dark fruit (figs and raisons) and a pronounced Glögg (mulled wine) odor.
The taste was lightly sweet with hints of dark fruit and Glögg from the get go, becoming a tad bitter and rather yeasty with hints of orange peel and cinnamon somewhere in the middle and a spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a nice long time following the swallow, with a spicy yeast infused alcohol warming sensation lingering on for a little while longer.
Mouthfeel was almost medium in body and dry in texture with a somewhat bold carbonation.
Overall this brew is what Winter Warmers are all about, lots of spicy flavor and a good alcohol warming at the end...
rob02190 (25) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 19, 2012
At first pour it has a nice head with a reddish brown body. You immediately can smell the spices nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. Taste the spices are ever present with malt and hints of citrus. Overall it's very good beer though let it warm up bit.
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bottle. deep amber with minimal head. huge spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and citrus. slightly chewy with alcohol warmth. a sipper. DoublEE (781) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
I would say its a crowd pleaser.A wonderful winter seasonal brew with a bite. I don’t taste the figs as much as as orange peel and nutmeg, it definitely hits the mark as an xmas beer. Quite drinkable on it’s own and wonderful with a warm bowl of curry. Pleasant carbonation, a bit sweeter than I normally like but you can’t tell this is a triple caliber abv. Would definitely buy again, I’m not sure I would want to drink more than one in a sitting though.
cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
On tap at Craftsman, pours a clear reddish amber with no head, a lot of spices on the nose with some sweetness of the malt, flavor has a lot of spice on the front end, too much for my liking, tastes like liquid popori, ugh. rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2012
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a clear deep ruby with a tiny head. No head retention or lacing.
Aroma of figs and cinnamon with a little bit of orange thrown in. Maybe some other spice that I can’t identify. There really isn’t a ton I can pick up on outside of the spice.
The spice continues in the flavor. Lots of cinnamon with some ginger, orange and figs. A little bit of roast and brown sugar comes in towards the finish although it is faint. Mouthfeel is smooth with plenty of sweetness ending with a sticky moderately bitter finish.
Overall, can’t say I am overly impressed with this beer. I don’t like overly sweet beers and this is one of them. In fact, I prefer Anchor’s holiday beer over this., Not something I’m likely to pick up again.