ccex (908) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 31, 2013
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle pours a clear dark copper/brown with moderate off-whte head and good lacing. Aroma is nutty and malty with some bizzare chemicals added. Smells something like a taxidermistís shop. Taste is slightly bitter with a nutty finish. This is not a good Christmas beer, and a below average amber ale. It was difficult for me to finish one, which, thankfully was the only one I bought from my storeís $1 closeout rack.
TheJestersBeer (2035) - SWEDEN - MAY 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a medium amber, with a white head.
Hoppy, resiny aroma, orange peel, caramel, toffee, spruce.
Dry, medium bodied, mid to high bitterness, balanced CO2.
Hoppy, caramelly taste, resin, orange peel, quite spicy, spruce, earth.
Quite enjoyable, fairly light bodied, but drinkable nevertheless.
Darkmagus82 (547) - - MAY 17, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Transfer from BA -
Poured from bottle into Sam Adams sensory glass
Appearance - Brownish with a bit of red hue. A off color white head formed upon pouring, which gave way quickly with no lacing.
Smell - Sweet smells of caramel and brown sugar up front. These are followed by nutmeg and possibly the slightest bit of cinnamon.
Taste - Not as sweet as would have expected. Much more burnt tasting with a bit of spiciness of nutmeg. There are slight sweet notes of brown sugar later on, but they pale in what would be expected from the smell.
Mouthfeel - Rather average. A little watery with a fair amount of carbonation.
Overall - Nothing to special. If looking for a winter warmer this is not the brew.
superspak (2472) - 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.
TXBadger (1258) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes: pours a nice darker red amber color with off-white head. Some pine, spice, and malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes with a cedar/oak wood note. Interesting.
Beachmaster (98) - Oklahoma, USA - APR 12, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 oz bottle into a tulip glass. Pours a clear dark amber with a massive khaki head that slowly fades and leaves good lacing. Nose is hops and pine. Taste is meh. Starts out OK, but fades to a bitter hoppy, piney finish. Nothing special.
maxwelldeux (3500) - Everett, Washington, USA - FEB 26, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear and rather dark brown color with moderate bubbly light tan head on it. Nose has some pine to me, and a little bit of sour fruit to make it just a bit Christmasy. Taste ends up being a tad sweet up front, but then blends into a very earthy finish. For Christmas, I like this, as itís not overly spiced, like too many winters are.
jimhilt (2391) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a light khaki, five-finger head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear amber color. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Burnt wood nose, flavor is slightly hoppy spicy and malty. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Bertís Better Beers Hooksett, NH.
msalsbury (16) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - FEB 3, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The aroma is hoppy with a hint of spice. The flavor matches the aroma. Itís mildly hoppy, hoppier than I care for in a Christmas Ale but not nearly as hoppy as Revolution Fistmas or Rogue Santaís Private Reserve Ale. There is a strong malt flavor, as youíd expect for the dark brown color. Thereís something else here, too. I canít tell if itís ginger or nutmeg, or maybe both. Itís subtle. The ďholidayĒ flavor I look for in a Christmas Ale just isnít here. Itís not a bad beer, but there are so many other Christmas beers I like better (like Hoppiní Frog Frosted Frog, Thirsty Dogs 12 Dogs of Christmas, Ommegang Adoration, or Corsendonk).
kerenmk (2199) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - FEB 1, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Hazy red with a creamy coloured top. Smella both of hops and winter spices such as clove and cinnamon, tastes spicy and bitter. Full body, long and spicy finish.
J_man (695) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Licorice, butterscotch and cotton candy aromas from a slightly hazy amber body with a foamy tan head. Caramel and butterscotch sweetness hits up front followed by a toasty bready malt with a slight sour tinge around the side of the tongue. Thereís some earthy, piney hop bitterness that balances out the sweetness nicely. Leaves a fairly substancial woody flavor behind with hints of the sugary caramel. Unfortunately like most of Abitaís beers, the body is just a bit too thin to support the flavor properly. Still a good Christmas beer though.