mgajdaczewa (425) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bardzo ładny piernikowy aromat, niezbyt słodki, poparty palonym słodem. Ale w smaku... kompot z suszonych śliwek, taki wigilijny. A ja tego smaku nienawidzę. Będąc rzetelnym smak dość oryginalny, wytrawne, stosunkowo lekkie jak na piwo zimowe. Uberświąteczne piwo.
mintzmeet (183) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit
BrettTaylor (450) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage - tasted as part of local shop’s weekly beer tasting so this is based only on 1 oz pour. Will edit this once I have a bottle of my own. Aroma is nice - bit of spice, followed by a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is delicious, full mouthfeel, nice spice and malt balance.
Shooter42 (128) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazingly tasty and the best Christmas Ale I have had so far. Make sure to stock up and enjoy, as it’s only available for a very limited time per year. Great mixture of malts and spices.
chuckstout (243) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big holiday aromas of clove, nutmeg, caramel, smoke, fruit. Pours a near black with ruby highlights and a tan head with great lacing. Nice mouthfeel toffee and spices a nice fun winter beer.
reyman (5) - - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bark brown. Aroma of clove, nutmeg malt, chocolate, pine. Tastes as it smells. Overall a good beer with a nice body and mouthfeel.
allmyvinyl (2740) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from appellation wines, Dalry. Pours opaque dark brown, thin off-white head. Nice tight bubbles. Big Christmas-spice aromas, dark sugar and ginger biscuit. Taste has more spice, a treacle sweetness, and light bitterness. Festive.
radio_nowhere (744) - Maryland, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2013 2013 bottle into pint glass, deep clear ruby red color with fluffy tan head. Aroma of "Christmas spices" (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, orange peel) and brown sugar. Taste adds notes of light chocolate, more intense notes of spices and light herbal hop bitterness. Light body, low carbonation, astringent, light with wintery spices finish lingering. Not sure what to think of this one not having past year’s offerings, fairly winter spiced heavy ale with a light body. Decent.
commonmac (252) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pour. Plenty of head albeit short term in nature. A mild aroma but leans toward the festive cinnamon side. Lacing clings well to the glass. Taste is sweet at the end with a presence of cloves? Falls short of greatness due to a less than desirable end and aftertaste. A good effort but there are better Christmas options.
NikkTwist (1512) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Khyber Pass. Very dark clear ruby red pour with only a slight fuzzy ring for a head. Dark red fruit. Full body. Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Peppery spice rings out. Malty tea. Pomegranate. Dried cherries and blueberries. Light molasses. Sweet dark caramel. Nice peppery bite on the end. Tastes better than expected.