Harpoon Brewery produces this Winter Warmer style beer. Their web site describes it as a “dark copper ale” that has a medium body and “no aromatic hop added that might overpower the distinct spice character”.
The beer pours a clear brown with a coarse off-white head.
The aroma is distinctly cinnamon and nutmeg.
The flavor aligns perfectly with the aroma. It’s malty, slightly sweet, spicy, and overall very pleasant. I get a hint of cola in the bottled version, but it comes through more strongly in the draft.
Beer Advocate was pretty tough on this one. The Bros gave it a 50 or “poor” rating, while the readers were a bit more kind and rated it 73 or “okay”. Rate Beer put it at a 57 overall. I’m in agreement with the masses at Beer Advocate, rating it a 7/10 overall. I don’t like it as well as The Brew Kettle’s, but I like it better than some of the others.
Sweet, Malty, Dry, or Bitter: Sweet
Spice Level: Medium
Hops Level: Low
Dominant Flavors: Malt, cinnamon, nutmeg
My Rating: 7/10