jdb288 (472) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Beer Exchange. Pours muddy brown with minimal head. Aroma is chocolate, burnt hay. Taste is spicy - clove, coriander, grape must. Too spicy for my personal tastes.
NickT (4) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 29, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I will definitely look out for this ale next year. This is the first time that I have tried it, and it was a lovely warm, thick, dark ale that works wonderfully well at Christmas.
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bmoosey (81) - Richmond, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 from tap. Pours brown with a little head. Aroma is ginger and cinnamon over roasted malt. Taste is grainy with spices and malt standing out to me. Watery mouthfeel.
ARH (294) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle poured into a shaker (2013 vintage). Very aromatic beer - strong vanilla and some cocoa right off the bat, followed up by anise, cinnamon, and caramel/malt - definitely smells like Christmas. Itís an oily, syrupy pour; dark, rich mahogany color with a big, frothy, egg white head that sticks around for a nice long while. The taste is sweet and bitter, but neither is strong (more sweet than bitter). Itís a full bodied malty, syrupy drink that hits first with chocolate malt. As it coats the mouth and/or warms up, some dark cherry notes come through as well as the spiciness (cinnamon & anise mainly, but some ginger too?). Basically tastes like it smells - and thatís Xmas - but itís not too much of anything, very mellow. A nice balance blending the viscous beer and creamy head.
Stuu666 (1371) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 30, 2014 Bottle at xmas tasting, 2013 version. Deep brown, spices on nose, liquorice and aniseed, sweet toffee malt, spices.
Bottle at home, Deep brown, nice blend of spices, sweet chocolate, dry, spicy finish, light spruce.
jeremyh70 (652) - Missouri, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 Dark ruby copper with a small white head with little lacing. Aroma of gingerbread cookie and cinnamon. Taste is ginger, cinnamon and light fruit like pears. A mild roasty bitterness. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Kind of bland.
2008 bottle on Dec 2013. Hazy brown with minimal tan head and lacing. Aroma of brown sugar and some oxidized notes. Brown sugar and toasted malt flavor with some cardboard oxidized notes. Some graininess. Crisp mouthfeel and medium bodied with medium high carbonation. Finishes with a little toastiness and grain.
kambei70 (551) - - DEC 27, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle to a snifter. Pours a garnet brown with a little head. Aroma is ginger and cinnamon over roasted malt. Taste is the same but with a tart, grainy taste that goes into an unpleasant bitterness. Watery mouthfeel.
2008 bottle to a snifter. Pours a slightly murky brown with a little khaki head. Aroma is brown sugar and grains. Taste is a slightly burnt brown sugar with a toasted grain. Oxidized. Medium mouthfeel with medium carbonation.
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fourstrings (56) - Poznań, POLAND - DEC 27, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark brown beer with very nice beige head. Dry, with strong hint of dried cherries, spices to gingerbread, chocolate and little bit of coffee too. Nice alcohol note that warms up throat. Low bitterness. Very great christmas beer.
Hanoi (353) - Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - DEC 27, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: From Notes.
Nose:Figs, malt, some licorice. Taste followed with a slightly smokey, coffee note with a dry finish. The mouthfeel was thin.
A disappointing Christmas beer.
Biggar2000 (20) - - DEC 27, 2013
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not the greatest Christmas beer Iíve had. Girlfriend says the smell reminds her of soy sauce. I had the 2013 blend. It is drinkable, but Iíd prefer others.