Brewed with ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon, Bison calls it a "holiday porter" though the review sites flag it as a spiced ale… I’m willing to compromise and call it a "Spiced Porter." It’s 6.8% alcohol, not too high but not light either… comfortable.
Appearance: Viscousy-looking pour, color is molasses brown with ruby red tinges.
Smell: Gingerbread for sure; molasses, dark coffee, some sort of dark fruit jelly or preserves, raw dough, sweet and a bit syrupy, some ginger spicing. It really does smell like fresh gingerbread.
Taste: Astringency from the roasted grains; some caramelized sugars, a toffee-ish presence, a touch of molasses, some rummy-cake notes. A dry porter that’s a tad on the light side, with some almost peppery-spice notes.
Mouthfeel: Dry, smooth with a nice presence on the tongue but a thin (watery) streak running through it, rendering it just shy of medium-bodied.
Overall: A decent porter with an amazing nose; possibly one of the best-smelling holiday beers I’ve encountered.