taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber, clear, good head. There’s some malt there, but a also a surprising amount of nut flavors - such as pecans or with a bit of pecan shell.
scarletfire65 (1293) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: APR 4, 2016 A pretty beer with a clear amber brown pour and a tall creamy off white head. The aroma is spice, roasted nuts, citrus, and piney hops. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Slightly sweet, good spice, toasted malt, and a nice low key bitterness. Feels smooth and well rounded on the finish. A nice Christmas Ale with the spices in check, not just another ginger - cinnamon - orange rind bomb.
4/4/16 - This year’s version tastes remarkably like the review I wrote for the 2011 version. I thought it changed every year, but of course I can’t remember the original one that I had. Still good though.
superspak (4312) - Michigan, USA - MAY 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 3/14/2014. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy brown copper color with a 2 finger dense light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Fair amount of pine/grassy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, light chocolate, grapefruit, orange zest, citrus peel, floral, grass, light pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; with a nice malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and moderately bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice hoppy brown ale. Good balance and complexity of dark/bready malt and citrus hop flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bright ruby in color with a large off-white head.Sweet malt and hop aroma. Sweet toasted malt flavor with subtle hops.
drowland (7775) - Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fresh 2009 batch, 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The pour is a neat red brown with a one-finger off-white head that shrinks but sticks around. The aroma is fresh citrus hops with some chocolate back there somewhere. The flavor is aged hops, some chocolate, and a lot of nuttiness with a hint of salty Chinese food in there (not really sure how else to describe this). Medium body, medium carbonation.
Onslow (1358) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour from a 12oz bottle. Medium, clear amber brew with a nice off white head. Aroma of malts, molasses, a little citrus hops, a little spice. The initial sip seems a littl elack luster, but as I drank a couple bottles the taste grew on me. Nice toasted malt base with a good spicey hops finish. Good malt / hops balance, and a respectable complexity to the hops in the finish. Crisp with a rather light palate, but refreshing with a worthy taste.
johnnnniee (3492) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Review from notes, sampled 12/21/2007
Received in trade from barefootbrewer thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a clear deep copper color with a thin white head that leaves some lace on the side of the glass. Smell comes through with floral citrusy hops and a bit if biscuit malt. Taste is a good mix of hops and malt. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, not much body here. Overall not a bad beer, very tasty, but could stand a bit more body.
PalCabral (156) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. Classic american aroma, hoppy tones of citrus and spice. Beautiful mahogany red-brown clear colour, with a wheat malt type of head that never really settles. Taste is pretty normal american microbrew brown ale, quite tasty. Hops dominate, as is norm, but there is some caramel malt sweetness and munich malt stamina. Unfortunately slightly watery which pulls down the mouthfeel. Standard US microbrew brown ale, not very x-massy but a good beer never the less. Up the alcohol a bit and there’s a great winter warmer.
Theis (14963) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at Papsø’s - Thanks. Clear red/brown - white head. Roasted, nice fruity, nice malty, berries, chocolate, ok hoppy, coffee notes, nice balance.
MacBoost (1710) - Penfield, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark amber with little head. Aromas of (believe it or not), citrus hops, caramel and cookie dough. Taste is bready caramel with a nice dash of bittering hops. Finish is bitter and semi-dry with a generous amount of hops. This is way better than I expected.