blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY. Pours a deep brownish almost black color with a nice lacing on top. Now this is what I call a Christmas Ale! Tastes of Christmas trees, spicy mulled cider, and all the earthy goodness we relate to Christmas. Nicely toasted malts and fragrant floral hops really rounds out this beer. A big surprise for me how good this was. I hope I can get some more this holiday season.
UnionBeerCzar (77) - Michigan, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
2013 bottle to mason jar, abudent spices (allspice, cardamom, nutmeg) dominate the nose. Pour is dark cola with hints of red when held up to the light, thick tan pillowy head. I donít know if itís just in my head but this year really taste like cola + with touches of the aforementioned spices on the nose. Overall I would say, this isnít bad, but it doesnít knock my socks of either. It feels undecided to me.
ScipioA (134) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This is a 12 oz bottle from the 2013 batch. I havenít had the others so canít comment in comparison. Pours out a dark brown with a chocolate head that reminds me of many porters Iíve had, but with slight red tint. Nice big pillowy foam. Even once the foam had gone away there wasnít much to the aroma to note, some roastiness and a little wine-like yeast stood out. Sweet with sort of a bittersweet chocolate fruityness. However the spices are very distracting, itís like accidentally getting all the spices youíd use making gingerbread dough all up in your nose. Very light mouthfeel with a surprisingly strong alcohol flavor for 5.5%. Call me a grinch but I just ainít digging these spiced winter seasonals.
Aethien (5) - NETHERLANDS - DEC 4, 2013 does not count
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 bottle, very dark red colour, almost stout like. The aroma is dominated by gingerbread and some dark fruits. The taste is similarly spicy with some hints of roasted malts and brown sugar with some spruce in the back.
pdx76 (365) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 2013 - pours dark amber. Small sustaining head. Nose of grape, coffee, hop, and spice. Smooth mouthfeel. Taste is of cinnamon, coffee, cherry cola, and hops.
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stevoj (1326) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 version. Pours brown with medium beige creamy head. Substantial head that lasts. A gingerbread cookie of a beer, aroma of nutmeg gingerbread. Taste is mildly brown sugar sweet with a hint of dark chocolate bitterness. This is a near perfect Christmas beer.
akoeninger (266) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark red in color. On draft at the coopers tavern, Madison, Wi 2013. Thin tan head. Atoms of nutmeg and spices. Taste is very spiced with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon finished with a roasted malt taste that is more coffee than caramel. Not as full bodied as u would think.
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dlovell2 (460) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown with amber tint and tan head. Caramel, chocolate and ginger aroma. Dark chocolate, roasted malt and ginger flavors with pine finish.
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 (24) - LinkŲping, 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 (652) - 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.