Aggiebob (1384) - Huntsville, Alabama, USA - JAN 5, 2018 gjamieson (81) - Canton, Georgia, USA - OCT 29, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle from a 6-pack purchased at Kroger, Holly Springs, GA. 2009 batch 1 of 1. Dark brown, opaque color with small tan head. Head retention was mediocre. Nose is dark malt, light cinnamon and spice, and smoke notes. Flavor of roasted malts, dark chocolate, light spice notes and a hint of smoke and whiskey. 8.5% ABV is well-hidden. Somewhat light mouthfeel, not at all what I expected. A decent fall session beer, but a bit weak for a winter brew.
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2018 Bottle. It poured black with a tan head that dissipated quickly. It has a roasted malt aroma with notes of cinnamon and nuts. It is slightly sweet with a smooth finish. Very warming. wombat23 (2129) - Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2017
12 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown with a light beige head. Aroma of roasted malt, spices, and licorice. Taste is roasted malt, licorice, stone fruits, spices, coffee notes. Nice. Best if you let it warm up a bit. k0mpsa (3160) - Tuusula, FINLAND - NOV 22, 2017
Bottle. Black color, tanned head. Aroma has roasted malts, spices, plums. Nice roasty body, licorice, spices, raisins. Pretty nice festy ale. Block (3222) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2017
Backlog tick from the 2017 Chicago Beer Festival. Decent beer, average characteristics. dfinney23 (3424) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2017
Missed drinking this during that one week Houston actually felt wintery which is too bad because this is a top notch winter ale. Nice spice blend over a hearty brew.
cheap (6201) - CHINA - JAN 25, 2017
Bottle, dark brown, sweeter volatile malty aroma. First taste is big & frikken rude and, as expected. I’m not sure what others find so festive about these heavily spiced brews. High octane is an underestimate of the dizzying power in this brew. Spice, mace and then cinnamon, I think; some messy sweet concoction. Large personality. Difficult, very difficult IMHO. In the spiced/herb/vegetable style, this is nothing compared to Bloom Brew Down The Hatch Hot and
Battlefield Brew Works Scorpion Pepper Porter and as far as holiday brews, Ohio Brewing Jingle Bell Ale is much better. dnstone (3625) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - JAN 15, 2017
Pours black in color with a nice off white head. Roast barely and fruity berry aroma and taste.
Notes: Bottle from Bryce (Jan ’17). thegreenrooster (4626) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Pour is a dark porter brown with a large tan head. Aroma is some holiday spice but there is more of a roasted malt taking over. Flavor is a burnt malt with bit of sweetness and again the spices are very minor. This is definitely not a spiced winter warmer. This is more porter with a small spice addition to make it a little more interesting. I kind of wanted a little more spice. LinusStick (3530) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2016
Decent winter beer. Aroma was all spices. Cinnamon and pine. Pour was a deep dark brown with a red hue. No head. Taste was thin and one dimensional. Spices were Big with a gingerbread finish. Not terrible but terribly predictable. Good carbonation lownote (585) - Austin, Alabama, USA - NOV 25, 2016
Pours nearly black with little to no tan head. Clear with some red highlights against a light. Low aroma. Malt dominates. Flavor is spicy. Cinnamon, with something kind of smoke like. Looking at the recipe I assume that’s mace, but that doesn’t seem right. Some alcohol warmth. Very thin body. Drinkable if it wasn’t so big. The smoke thing kind of overpowers the malt.