notalush (5922) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 6, 2009
Thanks to TheCheeseMan for this - this bottle has been sitting in my fridge for a couple of weeks, and I’m sick of looking at it every time I go in there to grab a pickle or some cheese of something, so here we go - fizzy dark ruby beer - minimal, poorly sustained head - the aroma starts things off in a promising direction, with loads of spices and herbs (cinnamon, nutmeg, rosemary, thyme, peppercorns), and an underlying caramel/cocoa/nutty sweetness - the flavor is tart and acidic - at first, I thought this was infected, but additional sips made me believe this was intentional - underneath this, that complex spice combination from the aroma comes through, as well as a light caramel sweetness - quite a bit of tart, nearly sour cherry character throughout - near the end, the beer gets very peppery and warming, with the slightest hint of chocolate - finish of lingering herbs and astringent acidity - I’m still not entirely sure this bottle is what the brewer intended it to be - either way, it’s a so-so drinking experience. Cavie (4805) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
Bottle. Pours a very dark brown color with a ring of tan head. Aroma is chocolate, spices and warm bready notes. Flavor is dry spice, ginger and all-spice. Finishes with lots of spice evident. nealblind (1975) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JUL 7, 2015
Dark red brown color some white head. Aroma big nutmeg, cinnamon some pepper. Tastes only slightly chocolate. tobacco, like a brown. ginger, peppers come though, but it seems like they are trying to bury them in a mountain of other spice (nutmeg). errs on the sweet side. light body for a big beer. Very unique, but probably wouldn’t get again.
goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 18, 2008
Bought a bottle @ Liar’s Club Grand Opening. The bartender told me I find the diamond in the rough. Yeah OK I could give the extra glasses of it away. Poured a clear deep chestnut color with an off-white head. Big sweet and spiced aroma. Cloves and smoke. Spicy and sweet flavor and when I say spice it was I mean it. Too much for my liking. Malt and clove. Medium body. daknole (11402) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2009
bottle from Oakes and Beershine. Amber pour. Aroma is spicy as hell. Ovedone on the spices. Flavor is also too spicy. Base beer seems like it would be good, but they went nuts with the spices.
Pinball (12310) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - NOV 23, 2009
clear brown, smooth light brown head.
faint flowery aroma, dark berries.
flavor is boozy, strong dark fruits, raisins, dark caramel. dark fruity bitter.
hayduke (5647) - Eureka, California, USA - JUN 27, 2011
Shared with Strykzone in a joint tasting. The cork on the bottle smacked me in the forehead when I removed the cage. Good thing it did not hit me in the eye. Lot of carbonation in the bottle. While it is titled a Winter Ale, it is really a spice beer. It pours a rich light brown color with a huge tan head that settled very slowly. The nose is spices, spices and spices with the major aroma Allspice. Medium body and a mouthfeel that numbs the tongue and lips. The flavor is all sorts of spices and chili pepper, with some chocolate. The finish has some other flavors but by the time I got to it my taste buds were so overwhelmed by all the spices I was not sure what it was This beer was certainly unique and actually drinkable, but not something I would be interested in trying again. mikem409 (2029) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2011
not so sure about mexican hot chocolate did not get much spice or chocolate got banana and clove. JDBaker11058 (2348) - Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2011
Appearance: medium to dark brown, with clear ruby highlights around the edges; short off-white head vanishing quickly. Aroma: spices (clove, cinnamon, black pepper, nutmeg, allspice), brown bread, and chocolate. Taste: notes of chocolate, a hint of coffee, strong impression of cinnamon, clove, bit of ginger, and as it warms, some heat. Finish: finishes long and smooth, with the heat of the chiles coming on very subtly. Notes: An interesting beer, but perhaps trying too hard. Mailer that came with it called it a spiced porter, but this was too light in the palate (almost watery). Definitely a spicy beer, but all the spices were almost overpowering, rather than complimentary. For the second glass, I actually mixed it half and half with Vintage 50’s Sordid Past, which made for a pretty good beer. Bottle from the Rare Beer Club.
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2011
Why did I think this was a porter? It needs to be a porter. Fairly clear, thin-looking pour, dark brown with a good deal of ruby to the appearance. Thin head, gone in a flash. Nose is by-the-numbers spice at first but some chilis come on just a bit (I’d have said serranos too, but what do I know?). Prickly mouthfeel, suggesting far more carbonation than is actually present, with the midlest heat from the chilis. Spice seems perfunctory, and it ends up that the beer seems thin and faded as a whole.