slimspady (125) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Poured into Innis and Gunn tulip. Some maple sweetness in the aroma. Maple, some roast malts, spices. Very little bitterness. Nice, tasty beer.
weezfour (124) - Oradell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Damn good. A little too dark and syrupy to just sit and drink, but would be great with a nice meal.
IEBAILI (123) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 11, 2008
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Spice hits right away, like spiced apple cider, strong almost like one of those scented candles (which I hate). Very dark, clear ale with good looking amber highlightsand a rocky beige head with good retention. Christmas spices completely dominate the smell, obscuring any malt or hop aroma. Taste is, thankfully, more mellow than the smell, although spices are still very prominent, thereís a decent malt backbone and a pleasant bitterness. I think that cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger are the main spices, but Iím not claiming any expertise in this area. Some caramel apple flavor, smooth feel even though the carbonation is a bit much for my taste. I would probably enjoy this one more with age on it, right now itís almost one dimensional and not too enjoyable to me. Some citrus emerges on the finish.
pfr (121) - KÝbenhavn, DENMARK - NOV 29, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Color - Red/Dark Brown
Head - Long Beige
Aroma - Fruit, Sweet, Pumpkin, Flowers
Flavor - Light, Littel bitterness, sweet
? - Good Beer
Louipa (121) - USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I agree with "dyetube" quote.... "Right off the bat there is strongs notes of cinnamon and nutmeg in this thing! What a smell! It drinks very smoothly and easily with some complexity in the flavor. I like this beer! it is great for a winter brew but wouldnít want to drink this during the warm months."
My thoughts exactly. Its a good seasonal brew.
Rotorhead87 (119) - Temple, Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2008
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Iím sure this would be great if you like the flavors they used, but I just couldnít stand it. Liquorice, cloves, and some other spices I couldnít distinguish.
bubblehouse (119) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013. One of the best looking beers after it is poured. The spice in the aroma reaks of the holidays. Excellent as always!
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Heavy malt aroma with hints of banana, toffee and spices. Frothy head with a red body. Moderately sweet with a bitter finish. Tastes of fruit and ginger. Maltier and creamier than other Christmas beers that I have had.
portermax55 (118) - Canterbury, Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. bottle into lager glass. Pours a deep dark copper color with a medium light-tan head. Heavy aroma of grapes, nutmeg, cinnamon, and hops. Flavor is of baked apples, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a brutal spice finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and bright. Iím sure people who enjoy this style of beer would enjoy this brew, but it was to "spicey" for me.
Jriggz7 (117) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark brown slight ruby color. Nose of spice, and pine. Taste gingerbread cookies, figs, cinamon. Tasty christmas ale.