Tried this beer for the first time this year, just finished bottling so it'll be well aged by the holidays and I certainly noticed a few things. First, I've made a habit from the first few kits I've used to siphon from the brewpot to the primary, however this time, as I was kinda pressed for time, I just poured into the primary splashing as much as possible. The spices used include whole cloves, leaving the brew process and the resulting mix very clove smelling tasting. Upon transfering to the secondary there were still whole cloves throughout the mix, once again leaving a very strong clove smell, I didn't taste however. After bottling, I tasted the remaining beer in the bottling bucket, expecting a strong clove flavor but was pleasantly surprised at how smooth and balanced all the flavors were. The spices were pleasant, not overpowering and the beer was incredibly smooth. I think they certainly hit the nail on the head with this one, and can't wait to enjoy it in December with my family.
Reviewed by: Old Site Reviewer from United States.