tgncc (3129) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Bottle shared at Paul’s. The aroma is spicy (ginger, nutmeg, etc.), molasses, caramel. The appearance is a brown/red color, translucent, off white head. The flavor is spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, caramel. The finish is spicy. medium in body. Pretty good. TheBeerGod (6207) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 28, 2012
Bottle - 750mL corked and caged - Batch No. 95. Pours very dark, opaque brown with a voluminous, foamy beige head. Strong cinnamon and allspice in the aroma along with big peppery notes. Taste is peppery and slightly spicy with more cinnamon notes, caramel, light cocoa, toasted malt and gingerbread cookies. Body is medium with a moderate carbonation. Faint lingering heat from the peppers. Ends with more spicy pepper, big cinnamon, caramel, faint chocolate, cocoa, and hints of gingerbread. DedicatedToFun (4000) - Santa Monica, California, USA - DEC 12, 2013
Drank on tap at the brand new tasting room in Santa Barbara. Interesting mix of hot chocolate with ciannamon and spices ineedbeer (2147) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 23, 2014
Bottle is approximately 3 years old - Batch 65.Aroma is mostly dominated by the spice, but there are also some dark fruit esters and malt notes. Light cinnamon and chili with moderate to moderately heavy allspice; I wish the all spice was more balanced with the other notes. Some raisin and prune with medium dark caramel notes and a light chocolate character. As it warms the chili is more noticeable. Pours a clear brown with hints of ruby highlights and a thick tan head that has really good head retention. Medium lacing with faint legs. Flavor is slightly to moderately sweet with spice again being the dominant characteristic. This time the chocolate notes are a bit more noticeable, but there is still a lot of allspice with lighter amounts of cinnamon and even less of the chili. Medium light dark fruit notes of plum, prune and raisin. Medium dark caramel and toffee notes. Medium low but balanced bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium to medium full bodied with medium to medium high carbonation. Low astringency and medium low alcohol warmth. Overall an alright beer, but I find the allspice to be overpowering and it hides the more delicate spice notes (unless they disappeared due to age). No signs of oxidation, but a slight faded character to the malt. Could use richer chocolate notes. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 17, 2014
Draft. Dark ruby brown with creamy beige head. Without reading any description, this comes across as a decently made but otherwise snoozefest ’winter ale’ with too much holiday spice and uninteresting malt profile. Some Belgiany yeastiness makes things a little more interesting.
arminjewell (9581) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 30, 2015
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, dark reddish brown pour with off white head, aroma brought notes of chili, caramel, toffee, hints of spice into some cinnamon, clove, touch of allspice, hints of cocoa. Taste is a mix of caramel, toffee, dark fruit, hints of nice cinnamon, slight pepper, touch of cocoa, finishing sweet, slightly dry. ben4321 (6387) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 1, 2017
Draft at Milk and Hops-Chelsea. Caramel color with a nice, clean beige head. Plus lacing. Sweet malt, caramel, and some nutty notes. Spice and brown sugar come through as well. Smooth, mild sticky. Solid. CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2007
Pours a nearly opaque dark mahogany with a thin-lacing tan head. Aroma of lightly sweet dark caramel malt and a hint of cinnamon toward a semi-tart finish. Body starts with a sweet dark caramel and spiced finish with light fruity tartness throughout. Finishes thinner and semi-tart with a hint of doughy yeast. Interesting, but I’d like it without the tartness. bb (9241) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
Draft. Rich amber beer with an off-white head. Slight dark fruit, caramel aroma. Berry fruit and caramel flavor with some spice. Medium body. Fruit, caramel, spice, andbready malts linger. Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2009
Courtesy TheCheeseMan. Pours a clear, dark, chestnut brown color. A foamy, beige colored head is well retained. Sudsy lacing mostly rejoins the body. The aroma shows a fairly complex and inviting blend of dried caramel, dehydrated figs, chestnuts, nutmeg, and allspice. A hint of vanilla lurks somewhere within, with a glint of smokiness, but no heat, stemming from the chilies. Flavors are basically the same, dry and earthy, with a light caramel and dark fruit sweetness, and slightly bitter, woody wintertime spices. Medium bodied and semi-dry, the palate is perhaps a shade weak and overly active for the style. This is a fairly nice, tasty wintertime brew.