altonbrownd (5094) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can from Beer & Wine. Dark brown body with nose of malts, spices, herbal. Taste is malts, spicy, fruits, caramel. Smooth texture. Alcy. Warming finish. Good stuff.
coldbrewky (1640) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hyde park is but a hop skip and a jump from my house. While this brown spice winter thing is going on, there is not much of spice or winter going on in this brew. It is easily drinkable and pleasant to behold. I could drink a few of these..... glad I bought a six pack.
ByTheirLimpin (230) - New York, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Well, a drinkable brown. Hints of, but predominance given to, roast malts, caramel tastiness. Quickly fading caramel head. Decent sessionable beer.
Dacrza (772) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
DATE TASTED: January 7, 2016... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf tulip... OCCASION... returning back from LVR/Jefferson wrestling match and an emotional day giving Uncle Vincey back to God... APPEARANCE: purplish brown body that loses its opaqueness when held to the light; head is slushy dirty snow, clumped and riddled with holes; head is resilient, and releases quality lacing as the glass drains ... AROMA: mineral aromas immediately, with cinnamon, pepper, vanilla, toffee, chocolate, sugary malts and baking bread... a fruitcake is also detectable, as the holiday milieu would suggest--inviting, overall... PALATE: reasonably medium-bodied, with strength and warmth but a stout-like drinkability at 7.9%...aftertaste is chewable and palpable with an odd note that detracts slightly...otherwise, nothing outstanding in this department... TASTE: a chocolate fruitcake is best employed when describing the Chat--a full-flavored, toffee, caramel and milk-infused, toasted bread beer that feeds as it is sipped...secondary flavors of port, fig and medicinal undertones make for an interesting combination.... OVERALL: a dessert beer that packs in a variety of flavors and keeps the alcohol humming without infecting its vibe...finishes with a maltiness that endears it to wintertime...effective in its attempt and enjoyable to a degree, though it lacks more hop complexity...still, the toasted quality evokes the feel of a winterís eve, and the malts make for a hearty drinking experience...
ccex (1169) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. can pours a clear dark amber/brown iwht small beige head that leaves decent lacing. Aroma is full of nutmeg, and cinammon with some roasted and bready malts and a bit of candied fruits. Taste is slightly sweet with a dry short finish and . Body is medium with average carbonation and an almost syrupy mouthfeel. FDRís fireside chats were more surprising than this, but it is a good Christmas brown ale.
NikkTwist (2399) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Fado. Very dark brown amber pour that started with a solid frothy tan head. Lots of lace. Spicy roasted malts. Hoppy brown ale. Burnt pecans. Treacle. Plum pudding. Fruitcake. Allspice. Cassia. Nutmeg. Charcoal briquettes. Faint hints of dark red stone fruit. Better than anticipated but not up with the greats of the style.
voyageurmike (214) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a can into a tulip glass, reddish brown with slight head. Full-bodied spiced brown ale, creamy with a hops finish. Hops overpower the spicing, the mix of flavors is not winning.
kidobutai (593) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from a can. This is my first from this brewery I believe, and it is a very good start! Not much head or lacing, but otherwise I liked every aspect of this beer. Very light in the taste of ale, which allows the spices (cinnamon) to come through. Clear dark amber color.
SG111 (961) - New York, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Park Tavern, NYC. Pours dark, chestnut color, tanish head. Aroma is very bready, cinnamon, spices, slightly floral note, slight orange note, sweet Christmasy spices, nutmeg. Probably my favorite Christmas-spiced beer.
benpickens (470) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with medium head; aromas of port and fruitcake; sweet and syrupy on the tongue with a mild finish.