umich03jm (3513) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2015
Bottle thanks to DrSilverworm. Dark amber pour with a thin ring of head. Aroma is heavily spiced with cinnamon and ginger but there’s a really nice sweetness that comes off like apple cider, honey, and donuts. Taste is decent. Too much spice like most winter ales. And this one seems like it’s covering up something really nice too. Strong cinnamon and ginger, light honey and apples. Reminds me of cinnamon, apple cider from a mill but just too much spice here.. drfabulous (7947) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - DEC 2, 2014
12 ounce bottle from Good Foods. Amber color. Sweet and spiced honey caramel winter warmer. pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2014
Aroma: Very sweet, with hints of honey and spices. Appearance: Dark amber with no head. Taste: Heavy sweetness with hints of sourness. Palate: Full bodied, slick oily texture, soft carbonation, long sweet finish. Overall: Very saccharine. I'm not thrilled about this one at all.
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Bottle from a recent trade. Poured into a snifter at home...hot as balls in South Florida...95 today. Good day for a Winter beer. Aroma is heavy breads, sweet malts, orange, cinnamon, candy dark sugars, and gingerbread. Taste is similar with the bread, gingerbread, orange, sweet candy, and dark caramel malts. Booze finish with spices. Medium to full body. Tasty. drsordr (2659) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - FEB 19, 2014
Bottle pour copper red. Nose sweet caramel, ginger, companion. Taste similar to nose up font, caramel malt, then spice. Mild alcohol heat in the finish
AndyReynolds (1085) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 11, 2014
Yeah...ho ho ho and all of that shit after the fact with all the cinnamon and ginger goodness one would expect from a holiday (not Memorial Day) beer. The booziness is hidden until the end, kinda like a Mormon escaping the compound. superspak (5597) - Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours moderately hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with solid retention, that reduces to a lace cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of raisin, plum, fig, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange peel, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, orange peel, herbal, floral, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of raisin, plum, fig, caramel, brown sugar, toast, biscuit, cinnamon, nutmeg, herbal, and toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of fruity yeast, malt, and spice flavors; with a good malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly slick and smooth mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice winter warmer style. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and fruity yeast ester flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A nicely enjoyable offering. rondphoto (4448) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - JAN 7, 2014
@ Jungle Jims / Eastgate - Cloudy deep caramel color with a partial head cover, light dots of lace. Malt opens things, grows a little\, adding prunes and spices, yielding to bittering late. Some alcohol apparent in the finish. Somewhat watery in texture, yet still heavy on the swallow. Very drinkable, but many better selections are out there. Patrickctenchi (6590) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2014
Pours clear, copper-red with a small, tan head.
Malty, toffee aroma....ginger.
Taste is ginger, spices, caramel, honey.
Very nice, easy-going holiday brew.
Tasty and mild despite the high ABV.
A bit of whiskey in aroma and taste.
Very good, it does provide a bit of warmth, all right. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2013
12oz bottle. Filtered, deep amber-copper body. Thinnish off-white head. Smooth and malty, pretty nice Winter beer. You definitely get some fruity flavors, the ginger, cinnamon, and orange-peel being quite prominent, but they are smoothed out by the honey. Balanced, malty, clean, no off notes. Very enjoyable.