CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Taste like soap and berries. Has an amazing mouthfeel and aroma, but I canít get past the taste. This is the worst anchor Iíve had.
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.
BaroneBirra (425) - Gorizia, ITALY - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
2013 version labeled for Europe. Sweet cloves aroma. Lots of Christmas spices in the taste: cloves, cinnamon, orange peel and candy apple. Nice because reminds all the Christmas flavours,but too low with body an alcohol and unbalanced with spices .
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.
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
badwhale (419) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2011
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle to a pilsner glass. Poured a brown / orange / copper color with an off white head. Had the scent of pine, a little. Kind of a watery mouthfeel, and tasted of spice / herbs / pine. Iím not a SHV fan, so itís hard for me to give a really strong rating, however this wasnít too bad.
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...
uhclem (418) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap @ Old Chicago mini tour. I am not normally a fan of spiced beer, but this one was surprisingly good. The herbal undertones made me think of Jagermeister.
climberbob (417) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2013 bottle. Dark ruby. Different to earlier years w more pronounced spruce or some other similar notes. Good solid Xmas beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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.