cbfobes (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
12oz bottle thanks to JStax, pours a clear amber with a thin white head and no lacing, aroma is of slight spices with a little bit of caramel and malt, the flavor has a decent amount of spices and malt on the front end with a sweet finish, not bad at all. cheap (6217) - CHINA - SEP 28, 2012
$2 at marinos in sylvania. Pour is a darker brown. Just a plain old beery smell. Has this malty thing going on in there but not sure if I taste any of those spices so promently mentioned in the description. At first I don’t think it is 8% but as the session continues it starts to warm my belly and the alky feeling in theh mouth starts to buiild. Stronger alky taste increases as session continues. Now I think its 8%! Not sure what to think of this, its gets a little medicinal near the finish. Yes, cannot taste cinnamon, nor honey nor orange peel, just simple strong malty beer. A little over the top in personality for this lager lover. jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAY 20, 2012
Deep amber color out of the bottle. Spicey nose with some orange peel and alcohol notes. Caramel sweetness, cinnimon and nutmeg. Warming alcohol and some orange flavors. Nice enough spiced beer. DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 20, 2012
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Lightly hazed dark orange amber color. One finger of creamy beige head. Retention is average and just a touch of lacing is left.
3.5 S: Cinnamon is strongest of the spices, followed by nutmeg and ginger with orange and lemon peel behind. Like caramel, moderate toastiness, and a pleasant neutral malt sweetness. Smell is good, but the spice could be a bit stronger.
3.5 T: Much like the nose, but the lemon peel is much easier to find giving a vibe of meringue pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange peel are all moderately intense. Malts are toasty, somewhat sweet, and with a mild caramel character.
3.0 M: Lighter medium body. This could use a touch more carbonation. Otherwise, average here and not particularly creamy.
3.5 D: I liked this beer. Solid enough example of a wintry treat.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-14-2011 00:21:42 Sledutah (7979) - Utah, USA - DEC 23, 2011
12oz bottle shared by Doug, thanks
douglas88 (9797) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Appearance: Clear amber with a small off-white head and good lacing
Aroma: Toasted malts, toffee, cinnamon and spices
Taste: Toasted malts, toffee, nutmeg and holiday spices
Decent and drinkable
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear red/brown color with a medium white head. A sweet nose of cinnamon and some caramel. The flavor is smooth and tasty; sweet earthy spices, some oranges, fresh very spicy but not over the top. The oranges and ginger make it very fresh and drinkable. Nice. Lowe1983 (1657) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 30, 2011
Pours a dark amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is of cinnamon, spices, and a hint of orange. Light flavor up front finishes with the cinnamon, ginger, light orange and lemon. Slight warming but not much. DrSilverworm (10000) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2014 12oz bottle, ABV listed as 8.0%. Deep ruby red color, light khaki head, good lace. Very drinkable and tasty! Texture is perfect - light smooth carbonation, some dryness. Very easy to drink in gulps if desired. Delicious light sweet taste that stands out from the spice, must be the "sleigh-load of honey". The citrus notes work great with the spices, a really great holiday ale overall. I’m very impressed. You would never guess the 8% ABV from the taste. Outstanding. 8/4/9/5/17 Dogbrick (14344) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Re-rate, 11/8/14: 12oz bottle. I’m trying to re-rate a few winter ales this year, and this one is a prime candidate considering it’s been 3 years, it was one of the first winter beers I ever rated and loved, and it’s one of my highest-ever scored beers. I always remembered this fondly as a fantastic winter choice, not it’s time to see if it holds up since my frame of reference and experience around beer has expanded. ABV is still listed as 8%. 24 IBU. Mostly clear, sort of darker red color. Thin off-white kind of bubbly head, some bits of lace. Some cherry, berry, and honey that is pretty pleasing. Light to moderate spice. Some piney hop and orange citrus. A little bit more of a spicy edge than I remember, moderate plus sweet taste, light to moderate bitter. Medium to bigger body. Smooth, kind of crisp lighter carbonation. Hint of an acidic bite to it. A solid winter beer overall, and interesting with the addition of honey, orange peel, and ginger, but not quite as magical or quaffable as I remember it being. Glad I revisited.
Sample at Ale Wine & Spirits in Powell on 11/10/2011. The beer pours a clear dark amber color with a thin off-white head that dissipates to a film. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of cinnamon, malt and fruit. Medium body with a sweet spiced character of ginger and cinnamon, plus flavors of caramel malt and a touch of fruit. The finish is sweet molasses and ginger. Above average overall. shigadeyo (3835) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 25, 2009
11/08/2007: The Brew Kettle Winter Warmer has a hazy amber color and a frothy/foamy biege head. Perfume, gnger, cinammon, and honey can all be found in the aroma. Ginger and orange are present in the flavor along with some lemon pucker (not bitter). The medium-bodied brew is slightly sweet and spicy and well and dry and clean. Not bad...
22 fl. oz. bottle. Rating #17 for this beer.