icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, 2013 vintage. Aroma of orange rind, dark fruit, nutmeg-like spices. Flavor of unique spices and fruit. Somewhat watery mouthfeel, finishes a bit flat. Finish and aftertaste of oranges, spice, and a fruit rind bitterness.
Dodgrblu (604) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared at Christmas 2013 at Timfoolery's. Aroma is fruit and spices, finish is bready.
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WanderinCelt87 (169) - Hamburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours a lovely black with a tan head. Has a very robust smell of spice and malt. Has an amazing taste of spice and malt.
danielyabu (1163) - União da Vitória, BRAZIL - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
large offwhite fizzy creamy head. excellent lacing. mostly diminishing. flat thick dark brown body. aroma: caramel, metal, moderate malty, chocolate, mild coffee. if: light sweet bitter. ff: light sweet bitter very light acidic; long duration. palate: light medium body, watery texture, metallic finish, medium carbonation. leve presença cítrica/acídica surge como defeito. sabor maltado, condimentado (lembra hortelã), levemente picante. dulçor com presença de chocolate e leve café. Lembra Stout. 90s
KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Last beer of the night. Bottle from Yamaichi but Seijo Ishii has it as well for about 420yen. A coca-cola brown pour with a tan head that leaves quickly but has good lacing. I had the 2012 last year & warm it was a spice bomb but from the fridge it was tasty. This time I am having it from my fridge. The nose is spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander & cloves. Yum. The beer is medium bodied, the flavor a bunch of spices but they’re in harmony with some malty graham notes, sweet fruity finish that give me a cherry vibe. The best value Christmas beer around. If you love spices let it warm up, if not drink it cold. Merry Christmas Everyone!
minutemat (1534) - Ford, Shropshire, ENGLAND - DEC 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
355ml bottle from Beeritz, Leeds. Quite a powerful aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and assorted ’Christmas pot pourri’ type spices that my Mum used to fill the house with at Christmas. Body was thinner than I expected, a little nutty with a mild malt character. Ok.
ESPh (68) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 edition. Nice dark color with a decent head. Fairly sweet with hints of nutmeg and coffee. Little bitterness. Not too thick, body is right for the flavor. Very drinkable.
boisebeerguy (80) - boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good spice aroma and taste to this beer. Not to heavy for how dark it is. I’m always happy to see this on the shelf.
jflopsu (531) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark black with a thick light brown head. A mix aroma of dark fruit, Christmas spices, and some malt. Taste is light with a mix of fruit, spices including cinnamon and nutmeg, malt, some raisins and light coffee. A light aftertaste. Overall a good Christmas beer which I purchased in a 51oz bottle.
Blade86 (562) - Wrocław, POLAND - DEC 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
dark brown, rather clear, mederate tanned long-lasting foam; blackberries and other fruits, coffee, spices, maybe nuts; medium bitterness, light to medium sweetness, slightly sour; full body but rather thin(ish), average(-) carbonation, long bitter, coffeeish finish;
Overall: pleasant beer for Xmas night