swanmann (721) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 26, 2006
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006 12oz bottle poured like molasses with an orange tinted tan head. Moderate retention. Definite soy aroma, heavily roasted. Flavor is heavily roasted malts, smokey, no real bitters to speak of, but very mild sweet finish. Full, mellow palate.
Panzuriel (1785) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown beer with a full tan foam. Nose is of spices and maybe a hint of evergreen. Taste is more spice and evergreen and a bit of coffee as well. body is full. Finish is dry and warming.
Ingevara (895) - SWEDEN - DEC 25, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006. Tempting magnum bottle, promising fragrance, high long lasting head. Fullbodied maltiness, balanced bitterness, a little smoke but not dominant. Full of spicies and not too much sugar or alcohol. STurde companion to any christmas meal.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - DEC 25, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006. Very dark brown pour with ruby highlights and a half-inch tan head. Malty aroma with some dark spices. Flavor is nice and rich: roasted malt, sweet with a ginger bite. Nice full mouthfeel. Very nice, spicy little Christmas ale.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2006 bottle. Pours a dark dark brown, into porter territory, with a light tan head, healthy at first, dying back eventually. The nose is lightly sweet, but overwhelmingly dominated by ginger. Cinnamon (mostly), nutmeg, allspice/cloves seem to pop up too. Not necessarily christmasy, but certainly festive. The palate is creamy and smooth, feeling like velvet in the mouth, with decent viscosity and nice levels of carbonation. The flavors are truly surprising. I hate spice beers as a general rule, but this is downright pleasant!. Ginger and cinnamon take center stage over a constrained but obvious sweetness. Also in there is a nice burnt roast characteristic, that makes this beer not overburdened by its spice complement. The finish is all sweet roasty malt with some spices, while the aftertaste is where the cinnamon and ginger come back. The ginger in this beer is not nearly so offensive as it is in most beers, and that’s a very good thing. I could actually drink more of this, and I have 5 more bottles!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006. Very very brown in color with a medium-small tan head. A lot of ginger in the aroma, also super spicy, sweet and some malt (even a faint amount of chocolate). I thought it tasted like bread and lots of spices and roast- but not so much of the ginger in the flavor. Its one of the better spice/herb/vege beers that I’ve tried so far! I initially rated this a 3.4, but bumped the overall up one because its so good in the style.
BuckeyeBoy (5480) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours out a dark brown topped with a tan head. A very nice aroma of nutmeg and a few other christmas spices. A very good Christmas Beer. I am happy to drink this on the Eve of Christmas.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark pour with thick white head. Slightly bitter with a sweet undertone. Very light tasting but not as smooth as I expected.
gwfrankpsu (231) - McKinleyville, California, USA - DEC 24, 2006
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I don’t know what other people are drinking, this is one of the best Christmas beers. Almost black color with a nice malt and nutmeg and ginger aroma. The flavor is again Nutmeg, ginger and to my mind holly. There are a few beers I look forward to each year and again this does no disappoint - thankd, Fritz.
pintocb (651) - Hoon, Georgia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 18, 2007 Dark pour, not much head. Smells a little sweet. Looks thin. Taste is thin as well, but not a bad thin. Looks like a weak porter, drinks like a dark lager. Very light tasting. Finishes well with some sweet flavors.
06 Version Re-rate. What a difference a year makes. The body is so much stronger and the flavors much more pronounced. I got a lot of dark spices in this one and almost a meaty quality. Loved it this time. So much so I’m changing my score for the rerate.