foduck (330) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 9, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I donít know if itís me that changed or the beer that changed but it doesnít seem as good as previous years. Too sweet and cloying now. I seem to remember more spice before.
Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2008 vintage. Pours almost black with decent brown head. Aroma is originally very off-putting. My brain simultaneously thought chocolate and fecal...not good. Oddly enough, as it warmed it morphed into a much nicer pine/mint aroma. Taste is also originally quite off-putting, being over-spiced and tasting like burned chocolate. Again, as it warms, it improves and becomes more balanced. Overall a very dry beer. Lesson: donít drink this at a cold or cool temperature, itís disgusting.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark ruby with a off-white head. The aroma is gingerbread biscuits all the way. There are spices like cloves and cardamon as well as a good caramel maltiness. More of the same in the taste, but with more hoppy notes of fruit and pine.
jehoesefat (328) - Poway, California, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013 release. Sweet herbal aroma. Pours clear ruby with a tan head. Great flavors, malty chocolate and herbs blend well.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark pour with thick white head. Slightly bitter with a sweet undertone. Very light tasting but not as smooth as I expected.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 2006 version, on tap. The Quintessential Christmas beer of 2006! yummy gingerbread beer - Christmas in a glass! Flavor includes chooclate and coffee, a slight taste of orange cream halfway through, with a touch of peppery hops about three quarters of the way through. A very smooth palate.
2005 version - sampled in August 2007 - delightful cinnamon, orange and nutmeg flavor... this is the archetype for classic Christmas beers.
jnkor (326) - Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is a thick sweet, but with a bit of must. Color is a deep dark red with a small lasting white head. The taste is slightly sweet, but bitter and has a little gummy edge. The palate is thick with carbonation.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2010 Bottle. 2009. Dark brown/black with creamy beige head. Aromas of pine, citrus, cranberry, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and wintergreen. Flavors of toffee, toast, cranberry, allspice, citrus, and wintergreen. Silky mouthfeel with sparkly carbonation. Brighter than 2008, not as dark and complex. A: 5/5 S: 7/10 T: 7/10 P: 5/5 O: 16/20 (4.0)
Bottle. 2008. Pours dark brown with persisting beige head. Aroma is herbal with pumpernickel, pine, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander and clove. Flavors of chocolate, malted milk, toast, wood smoke, juniper berries, orange, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is soft and smooth. Finishes with subtle hop bite and spice. A very kind brew. A: 5/5 S: 8/10 T: 8/10 P: 5/5 O: 16/20 (4.2)
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 from the bottle: produces a nice, thick head that consists of many micro bubbles; has a nice spicy smell and a very light and spicy, but pleasant aftertaste that hangs around for about 30 seconds. I think this is a very pleasing holiday brew.
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a slight brown shine under a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong spicy notes among them strong notes of spruce and cardemomme - a bit too much for me. The flavor is sweet again with strong notes of spices - especially spruce and cardemmome, but then a note of roasted malt joins in, and combines with the spices to give it an extremely dry finish.