mile (2475) - Helsinki, FINLAND - DEC 21, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber, small to average and fully diminishing head. Moderate, malty and sweetish aroma, some caramel, piney - light citrus hoppyness. Body is medium, malty and sweetish flavor, some caramel, some piney and light citrus hoppyness. Finish is average, malty and lightly sweetish, some caramel, piney and light citrus hoppyness. OK hoppyness but too much caramel for me/not dry enough.
Studentofbrrs (86) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 16, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
strong hoppy aroma that suggests an overpowering hoppy taste, is a beautiful dark red in color that produces a good medium head that stays on top for a while. It is moderately bitter in taste though the hop taste is not as powerful as the aroma would suggest. It goes down smooth with a slightly hoppy after taste, too hoppy for a christmas ale in my opinion.
airrick2003 (317) - Louisiana, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Aroma: strong hops, almost bitter smell 4/10 Appearance: clear brown, transparent, dark creamy head, 2/5 Taste: all hops, strong bitterness, hop aftertaste 4/10 Palate: dry, crisp, bitter aftertaste 1/5 Overall: this is all hops, strong, aromatic, and bitter hops. 2012 edition in the bottle 8/20
Rating the 2013 edition:
Appearance: beer is a dark amber color, a very nice Christmas color, has a large tan head
Aroma: sugar, molasses, coffee, faint
Taste: malty sweetness with grainy ness also, has a bitterness that seems to come from light coffee beans, perhaps some grass but very faint
Palate: average c02, moderate mouthfeel, slight very slight coffee aftertaste
Overall: probably not a beer Iíd get again but itís not hard to drink, coffee is pretty much in the front
Rating reflects the 2013 version
sfontain (736) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle, Whole Foods Columbus. Dark ruby; large beige head starts fizzy but dissipates to creamy; strong lacing all the way down the glass and the head is revived nicely by swirling. Generic fruity malty aroma; slight grassiness. Flavor is the same plus a very slight butteriness; clean, grassy, almost piney finish. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and nearly flat. Not a terrible beer but definitely not worth buying again.
Beerathon (794) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Compelling hop aroma with a nutty/malt finish. Chestunut in color with thin white head.
tcane7 (1366) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with beige head. Slightly roasty, caramel malts, decent hop aroma and bitterness.
jmohno (968) - Iowa, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle,is a medium amber,creamy frothy head.
Pretty hoppy nose,with a spice note to it.
Kind of a hoppy amber,with body at first but finishes light/thin.clove like bittering finish.Some carmel,chocolate slight roast in malt body. Not a great finish,leaves a astringent clovish/diet like somewhat bad linger.
HardingG (76) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An underwhelming ale. The aroma waas the bestpart of this beer, by far. After that it was all average. The taste was a bit sour and it left quite a metallic aftertaste. I wonít do it again.
keepersj12 (2467) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 5, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nothing too much Christmasy about this. Pretty much a standard amber. Looks good and has a weak malt aroma. The flavor is better with nice hop presence. Clean finish.
NikkTwist (1257) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2012
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Draft at Tattooed Mom. Dark orange brown pour with a fizzy head that disappeared entirely. (Update: Had a second time at Sugars and not only did the head stay around but it left some lace.) Dry nutty caramel flavors. Licorice. Nutmeg. Sarsparella. Thankfully not too sweet.