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Review by everetends on 05/29/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
70 3 7 14 4 7 2010
Old review
12 oz bottle I got out of the winter sampler case my parents got me. Sered up in a pint glass.

A: Pours a dark brown that is somewhat transparent. When held to the light it has some nice dark red hues. The beer creates a slightly off white head, a finger or so. The head has pretty much zero retention and has no lacing going on. A touch of carbonation activity in the glass.

S: Smell is mostly of caramel malts and orange peel. Nothing else going on in there and it is a bit dull.

T: Taste is touch better. Softly roasted malts show up with some caramel sweetness. Citrus peel pretty much dominates. There is a touch of ginger going on in here but it is in the background and not really prominant. There is absolutely no cinnamon that I can find in here.

M: This is pretty standard for an ale. Medium bodied brew that goes down pretty easy with a decent carbonation level. Goes down pretty clean with only orange peel as the aftertaste. No noticable traces of the ABV.

D: Although the smell and taste aren't amazing, this is a pretty sessionable brew. Goes down pretty easy and the ABV does make this one easy to pound. The flavors aren't going to blow your mind at all but they don't limit this to seasonal beer IMO. Not bad at all, but nothing amazing at all.

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 12-25-2008 06:16:31

Served In: Pint Glass

Review by joe1510 on 02/16/10  
 
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
74 2 9 15 3 8 2010
12oz Bottle

Poured a really nice looking copper that glowed when held to the light. The body was clear and clean. The head started off 2 fingers of slightly off-white creaminess and settled to half finger solid cap. Small sticky lacing.

Mmmm...that smell. For a winter warmer this is one of the better smelling ones I've encountered yet this year. Smells very doughy and surprisingly flowery. According to the label it's brewed with cinnamon, ginger, and orange. All I can smell is some of the orange but thats from digging deep. It's also the sort of orange you would smell in a hot tea or cider.

The flavor brings out more of the orange and cinnamon. The bready malts are the backbone of the entire drink but small waves of cinnamon and orange overtake things periodically. Nice use of the spices without going overboard.

The mouthfeel seems a touch on the light side. Medium bodied with mild carbonation that lets the flavors work their way through.

Drinkability is good for this type of beer. Not too heavy and definately seems like a nice cold weather beer.

This is a fine winter warmer. It easily out drinks the other beers in the Sam Adams winter mixed packs. This would be one I'd pick up in 6'ers if they sold it that way.

Reviewed: 12/6/06

Served In: Pint Glass

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