BeerInHeaven (467) - Brillion, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 20, 2015
color is ruby copper with a small off white head. spicy aroma, like pumpkin pie. the taste follows the nose. spicy with a long bitter linger. not bad, but not my style. bhensonb (15601) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle from jredmond. Pours clear copper with slight beige head. Aroma is juniper and mixed spice. Med body or so. Flavor is mixed - sort of pie spice mixed with twigs and/or juniper. Hence a bit woody. Interesting stuff. marcus (10559) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 16, 2015
Bottle shared by bhensonb. Pours orange brown worh a transient beige head and a mixed spice aroma. There is a hearty caramel malt flavor with some bitter spicing. Bitter finish sticks to the palate. corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 11, 2015
Pours a dark copper/chestnut brown color with mahogany edges and a half finger off-white head that immediately fades into a very thin ring. Not much in the way of lacing.
Complex aroma with lots of sweet malt and zesty, earthy spice. Potpurri like aroma with flower petals, cinnamon, brown sugar, clove and allspice followed by caramel malt cherry and dark fruit notes. There’s event a peppermint like presence. I don’t know how Southern Tier does it but this beer smells just like XMas, creating an olfactory sensation that triggers childhood memories. Crazy!
Medium bodied with tight carbonation and a heavy spice presence that’s countered by sweet malt, dark fruit and a medicinal syrupy flavor. This medicinal flavor tends to be overwhelming in holiday beers it’s kept in check here by the other characteristics. Lots of cinnamon, pepper, allspice and clove along with cherry cough drop and other dark berries. Slight alcohol sweetness but the high ABV is well masked with little to no heat. A little heavy on the spices but it’s a pretty good holiday beer that’s easy to drink. rondphoto (4489) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - NOV 7, 2015
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY --- Aroma of Christmas spice and malt (in that order). Clear bourbon colored deep amber, bubbly beige rim head, spots and dots of lace. Taste is malt that is immediately doused with a heavy dose of Christmas spice. The spice carries to a lightly hopped finish. Good, not great, pretty much a small dose brew.
Tobyrando (41) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2015
Appearance is medium white head with amber color. Aroma is malty. Taste is a nice balance of spices, hops, and malts. Overall just the right balance for a Christmas beer. mabel (9245) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 28, 2015
[7455-20150804] Bottle. Fragrant allspice cake aroma. Clear, red amber body with a medium-lasting creamy tan head. Boozy cake spice and toasted green leaf hops flavour. Medium-full body. Interesting. (8/3/7/3/14) 3.5 ClassyBeagle (376) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 23, 2015
I once read that the Belgians say, "if you can tell what the spices are, you’ve used way to much" and that seems VERY appropriate here. This was WAAAAAY to spicy for me. jercraigs (10731) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 4, 2015
2015-08-04. Hazy dark amber brown body, nice tan head fades. 3+ Aroma has a good amount of spice character, nutmeg, all spice and more I can’t pick out. 7++ Flavour is similar spice character, moderately bitter throughout, pleasant sweet malty core. 7+ Smooth medium bodied palate, moderate carbonation. This is basically Anchor’s Christmas beer with a bigger malt core, and it works better because of it. Spice character is still overly strong for my taste but I think that was the idea. Pretty nice, but better suited to Christmas than the much delayed summer consumption I am giving it. Bottle from Ye Olde Spirit Shop, MD. conway (2210) - - APR 30, 2015
Bottle. Dark chestnut/ruby. Aroma is ginger, sugar cookies, clove and fancy soap. Gross. Taste adds pine needles and brown sugar. Certainly reminiscent of Xmas but not good.