Dacrza (448) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
DATE TASTED: December 25, 2013... GLASSWARE: Kisatsky Tavern pint...OCCASION: day two of an epic four-day Christmas family/friend celebration swing... APPEARANCE: dark black body fosters a tabletop of three-finger brown head that clings and cakes to the glass--clearly a beer of substance.. AROMA: immediate cinnamon, pinecone, spruce; malts are spoken for, if a bit dampened; much of the aroma bespeaks a brown ale... PALATE: medium-bodied, drinkable and consistent in its presence from first sip to swallow--a bit of soda fizz and cream...TASTE: brown, yes, and malty--a mellow, funky barnyard concoction forms in the mouth with each sip, leaving an undesirable aftertaste; trace elements of what the aroma promised; surprisingly suggests a Dickensian punch bowl--many unique leftover flavors producing an odd, alcoholic whole...OVERALL: hate to dis on a Christmas ale, much less while drinking it ON Christmas, but this beer promised big things and fell short once consumed; the last I had was 2005’s offering, and I cannot recall the specifics of that brew, so maybe this batch had--what was for me and my tastes--a less-than-pleasing profile...
bulldogops (1023) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rating #858 - December 25, 2013 - Beer 1 of my twelve days of #beermas - Big bubbly head erupts from a brown black pour. Lots of herbal-spicy aroma here - spruce needles, clove, burnt sugar, toasted fennel, rosemary, cardamom. Palate is light citrus from the spruce needles, more sweet notes from the fennel and roast malts, delicate bitterness from the malt and spices. This is truly fantastic, and an emblematic craft beer for the Christmas season.
icehawk (831) - 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 (550) - 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 (125) - 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 (1063) - 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 (1224) - 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 (740) - 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 (40) - 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 (41) - 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.