jamestulloch (818) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Dark brown body with a medium beige head. Excellent lacing. Unusual, evocative aroma of fire wood, ginger, cinnamon, soy sauce, paint and nail varnish remover. Bold flavour of ginger, pine, lavender, chocolate malt and blackcurrant. Medium body with a luscious, oily mouthfeel. Soft carbonation. Christmas in a glass - a stunning, complex beer. This could be even better if cellared for a while.
mikeyo1 (28) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2011 edition, bottle @ home. Nice head with good lacing. Moderately sweet, herbal nose, hints of licorice, orange, ginger, some clove. Taste is somewhat dry with moderate sweetness. Medium body and soft carbonation. Hints of honey, licorice, ginger, grass. It ends with a nice hitting touch of pepper, and some lightly sour dry bitterness.
Getbetter (654) - Cucamonga, California, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 2013 edition bottle.The pour is a dark red with a white minimum head.The texture is a medium body with ginger, spruce,bread with a licorice after taste.
andrewturba (729) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clearish very dark brown with a small light brown head that disappears quickly. Aroma is spicy, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, spruce, and roasted malts. Taste is ginger, clove, roasted malts, spruce, brown sugar, light cocoa, and mild dark fruity esters. Higher carbonation that really works here.
commonshawn (155) - - NOV 30, 2013
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Black with frothy head. Spicy aroma, maybe cinnamon. Mouthfeel is effervescent, bubbly, and spicy. Sweet at first, then some alcohol late. Some dark spice as well, maybe clove. A very good Christmas beer.
chinchill (1012) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Huge 2012 bottle served repeatedly in a .2L Peroni glass.
Pours clear dark brown with a towering, dense tan head. Excellent patterns of sticky lacing are left on the glass.
"Holiday spicing" favors nutmeg and cinnamon, leading to a lsting, spicy aftertaste. Solid malt backbone but not as rich as I would like. As is, the spicing is a tad high. Still, a very drinkable and enjoyable winter holiday ale.
hfmejias (527) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, poured reddish brown. Aroma of dark fruits, malts and a bit of spices. Taste is sweet and roasty malts, some spices, very nice and balanced. Delightful beer, very enjoyable.
TimsRatings (266) - - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From 1.5 l bottle.
Pours a clear caramel coot with lots of light brown head. Mild aroma of malts. Fruity and malty with nutmeg aftertaste.
I can see drinking this in front of a fire on a cold winter night.
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Errl (1087) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 1, 2013 Bottle 2005...Pour is dark thin head...Nose is spice, nice dark fruit, sugar, brown sugar...Taste is spice, Brown sugar, plum, nice caramel. .
Maxbier (18) - Maryland, USA - NOV 28, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet chocolate aroma. Dark brown/black with tan head. Spices and dark chocolate. Bittersweet lingering dark chocolate finish.