ScottyP (425) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - APR 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brownish poor white white head. Aroma is sweet, spicy, bready all at once. Sweet, gingerbread taste with hints of chocolate and roasted malts. Nice finish. I really enjoyed this one. Good holiday beer.
RooftopRogue (423) - Champaign, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
) This beer introduces itself with an aroma consisting of ginger, clove, cinnamon, fruit, and all-spice. It is black in color with a good sized caramel head that dissolves leaving a good amount of lacing on the sides of the glass. This moderately thick beer enters and flows through the mouth smoothly. It enters with a mild bitter taste and turns more bitter as a mixture of spices (ginger and clove being the strongest) penetrate the taste buds. This beer leaves the mouth with a sour/bitter ginger taste lingering.
Hanuta06 (422) - Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Serving: from bottle--purchased at The Beer Junction.
Aroma: moderate malt and floral aroma.
Appearance: very small, light-brown initial head with no lacing and fully diminishing longevity. Dark-red/light-brown body.
Taste: lightly sweet initial flavor and lightly sweet, roasty finish with average duration.
Palate: medium bodied with watery texture and lively carbonation.
TimsRatings (421) - - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
AndresTM (420) - Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
It pours like a coke in color, with a handsome, frothy, quarter-inch head. It smells like Christmas in a bottle: eggnog, fruitcake, allspice, nutmeg, and vanilla curd are complemented by piney, herbal hops. Very inviting. The mouthfeel is medium to light, velvety with adequate carbonation. The taste is primarily bitter from the hops, with a spicy, orange-pelt sweetness rounding it out towards the end. Itís good, but it does not deliver on the promises the nose made. I generally like my Christmas-season beers a lot stronger, darker, stickier, and sweeter, but I enjoyed this.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Light aromas and flavors of dried dark fruits, roast malt, caramelized apple/banana and holiday spice. Reminiscent of your average Belgian Dubbel or quad, except with a very watered down mouthfeel and finish. Decent aromas and flavors, just thin. Overall, a light and quaffable holiday ale, perfect for your average family/work gathering.. as I assume it will likely make numerous people happy with its holiday flare. Not bad, though a long ways from its Belgian cousins.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
Gangstergafje (416) - Capelle aan den IJssel, NETHERLANDS - DEC 26, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer is a true christmas and new year special. When i think of a beer for this period, I think of a dark heavy strong beer. This beer definitely has the looks of a dark heavy strong beer. The color of the beer is dark brown, almost black, on first sight. When seen with a light behind it, a beautiful ruby red color is revealed. Lovely. The beer has a nice smell. The smell is quite strong and very special. At first, I smell a little roasted barley aroma, together with a nice licorice and anise aroma. After a lot of sniffs, the smell started to remind me of HP sauce or brown source. Both the sauce and this beer have a bittersweet smokey aroma, with a little sour touch of vinegar. This little sourness is nice, but i definitely need to get used to it. It is quite special, and I donít really know if I have ever tried a beer like this. The taste is pretty much the same as the taste. I taste the same roasted barley flavor and the licorice/anise flavor. There is also this HP sauce flavor, but not as strong as in the smell. Again, the little sourness is something i need to get used to, but it is quite nice. The beer has a nice amount of gas in it. The bitterness of the smell in combination with the bass give a nice mouth sensation. A nice christmas beer indeed.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - MAR 26, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pint glass.
The color is a deep black with a tint of a dark red when held to the light. The head is a foamy reddish brown with so nice lacing leaving a film on the glass.
The smell is somewhat spicy with a little cinnamon. (I have a head cold)
The taste is malty and is bit bitter with some nice flavor of bread, some yeast feel, and a floral hops.
This beer is a bit of a mix of spicy hops and heavy bitterness. It has a nice mouth feel to it and it not too heavy and also pretty refreshing.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a black body with a thick beige head. Cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee, and a slight cola flavor. Finishes dry.
Ctplt777 (413) - - DEC 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 26, 2015 Interesting beer. Lots of fig, plums, and molasses in the aroma. Very chewy and sweet. It tastes like a big oatmeal raisin cookie. Lots of sweetness, with bit hints of molasses, chocolate, nutmeg and spice. Not quite a stout but totally full of complexity and flavor. Definitely a great holiday beer.