Heat99 (56) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2001
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I was extremely surprised to smell the complex spicy aroma when I cracked open the bottle. It hints of christmas trees, berries, apples, all things sweet ad spicy. I have never smelled anything like it. Excellent aroma….Perfect score! It carried a dark mahogony, almost black color with plentiful lace and medium head. The flavor, like the nose, is very complex. I swear they must have put a Christmas tree in the tun…ornaments and all. Very sweet with flavors of chocolate, sweet nuts, and all spicy things naughty and nice. Slight bitter though smooth finish with a spicy aftertaste.
alexsdad06 (6690) - Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle shared by Tmoney99 from notes. Pours a clear dark brown color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma is sweet caramel malts, some maple, generous amounts of holiday spices (especially given the age) and some oxidation. The flavor has more sweet caramel malt, holiday spices, roast, smooth chocolates and some light fruitiness. It surprises me that this ages well being a smaller beer.
Travlr (15054) - 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 (3495) - 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 í96 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 (805) - 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 (720) - 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. Iím 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 (1208) - 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 donít like Fernet Iím struggling with this one.
jeremyh70 (862) - 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 (2566) - 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 (530) - 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.