1st Taste: Spiced and creamy, a basic pleasant experience.
Overall: Lot's of hype about this beer from anyone that lives within a 60-mile radius of Cleveland. After repeated tastes, still got the spice with a little malt sweet, and light-medium silky mouthfeel. It's a good blend of cinnamon and ginger along with all the other flavors in this brew. A couple around the holidays were be totally approriate, but can't see drinking a whole bunch of these. Maybe people like it the same way they like Christmas parties. It's fun to get a little tipsy with a little more alcohol than normal (7.5% abv), but it harmless fun since you can't taste it with the spice overlay. So, Cleveland be proud of this brew and I toast to you. But, like Christmas, once it's over , it's OVER.
"Well ya see, Norm, it's like this... A herd of buffalo can only move as fast as the slowest buffalo. And when the herd is hunted, it is the slowest and weakest ones at the back that are killed first. This natural selection is good for the herd as a whole, because the general speed and health of the whole group keeps improving by the regular killing of the weakest members. In much the same way, the human brain can only operate as fast as the slowest brain cells. Excessive intake of alcohol, as we know, kills brain cells. But naturally, it attacks the slowest and weakest brain cells first. In this way, regular consumption of beer eliminates the weaker brain cells, making the brain a faster and more efficient machine. That's why you always feel smarter after a few beers." - Cliff Clavin, of Cheers