NDmullet (208) - South Bend, Indiana, USA - JAN 26, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2000 vintage, 1.5 L magnum. Pours a deep ruby color, darker than expected, lightly cloudy. Tan, craggy foam head that gently fades. Aroma is initially spicy, obviously, in the form of prominent ginger, juniper berries, cinammon, and allspice, among others. All of this blends nicely with the darker/chocolate hued malts. The nose becomes fruitier and more complex as it warms, mostly apples and soy. Soft and lightly sweet malt presence sets the table nicely for the spiced elements. The texture is rather thin, but not flat. Finishes with a welcome medium bitterness. An interesting and well crafted potpourri of a beer, which truly does invoke holiday visions. Incidentally, I believe this is the oldest beer I've ever sampled.
Travlr (13679) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Paradiso Dupont. Clear maroon color, thick beige head. Seems over spiced to me, with lots of residual sugar
Headbanger (3415) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle ’96 Vintage (Old Notes)-Pours a dark brown with a decent sized tan head. Aroma of spices, caramel, and malt. Taste of the same. This medium to full bodied brew is well balanced and goes down smooth on those cold nights.
gschrade (778) - Collinsville, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours reddish-brown with a brown head. Taste nutmeg, cinnamon, spicy. I thought this was so so. I could drink this again.
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stantheman (675) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from 6 pack bought at Liquor Barn in North Burnaby. I’m not real big on most herbal/spice ales, as most I find rather weak, but this one is a pleasant surprise.
Pours very dark, a bit translucent, with a medium golden head. Nose is sweet and spicy. Taste is of cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps a bit of clove, and of course there is caramel in the background.
Very nice for type!
Leini (969) - SWEDEN - FEB 3, 2013
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
330ml bottle, 2012 edition. Sold as "Christmas Ale" in Sweden. Dark brown body with a 2cm thick head. Cloves, peach, syrup, chocolate and spices that remind of Fernet-Branca. Dry ending, almost sandy, with a touch of mint. Since I don’t like Fernet I’m struggling with this one.
jeremyh70 (795) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear brown with ruby highlights. Big pillowy off white head with good lacing. Aroma of sweet root beer with some herbal spicing. Ginger and some nutmeg taste with a vegetal flavor and bitterness that has a hint of pineyness in finish. Dry with moderate carbonation and moderate mouthfeel. Not my favorite Christmas beer because of vegetal taste and bitterness. Wanted it to be less dry.
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Lukaduke (2398) - Portland, Maine, USA - JAN 7, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
1997 vintage.... probably a bit to long in the cellar. Poured a flat brown mahogany color with no visible head. Aromas are faint malts with caramel and herbal touches. On the palate its flat watered down cola... nothing else. Just taste like a cup of cola left sitting for a day full of melted ice....
rvhouten (13) - NETHERLANDS - JAN 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A complex spicy winterbeer. Although this is a dark beer, it is easy drinkable. Well balanced. Cinnamon, pine and a hint of roasted malt. Aftertaste reminds me of bayleaf.
wheresyourball (520) - El Cajon, California, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Vine Cottage in La Mesa. Pours ruby-brown with almost no head, and smells like cinnamon and spices. Flavor is spices, toffee, chocolate, fruit, bread. Watery mouthfeel.
zacgillbanks (2620) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - DEC 31, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
2012 Bottle from Rehills, Newcastle. Extremely dark brown with ruby red highlights. Sarsaparilla, blackcurrant, vanilla and orange blossom? flavours with chocolate and a sweet floral hoppy finish.