georgekappus (296) - Brookfield, Connecticut, USA - MAY 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 vintage. Pours a chocolately brown with a thick caramel colored head. The flavor is of bitter coffee and mocha. Perhaps nutmeg as well? Not an overly enticing beer which is why it took 6 months to finish the six pack.
mikeyo1 (296) - 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.
BadAprilia1000 (295) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 18, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a nice ruby red color with a decent head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of cinnamon, nutmeg, and yeasty gingerbread. Taste is very much so gingerbread and Christmas cookies in general with sweet malts flowing throughout, along with a very prevalent nutmeg note. Great flavor in this beer, big but drinkable
thefederalist (294) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - NOV 9, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours quite dark, nice tan head w/ lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and nuts. Flavor is salty, nutty and mild. Vague dacetyl in the mouthfeel. I was unimpressed.
branspra (293) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
2008 Bottle. Pours a dark brown color with a rather large, frothy, off-white head. Aromas of nutmeg, spices, hops, and spruce. Texture is slick and oily, but very thin. Has a nice aftertaste with Christmas spices, but rather thin in the mouth. Not bad but not great.
theOptimator (292) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit. Appearance is dark brown mahogany with medium large tan head. Taste is complex spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, dark fruits, black licorice, wood, roasty, earthy, some sourness, mint. Palate is medium+. Overall a very interesting beer. Does an excellent job of combining many nice christmas spices, but keeping balanced and not over the top. A complex beer I feel would age well, but is great right now.
soyorganic (292) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2011 bottle: Nice aroma of crystal malt, licorice notes and something else I canít put my finger on. Roasted malt, chocolate and licorice notes, almost some menthol or juniper notes. Nice flavor but thin watery feel that get in the way of what would be a great beer.
SamuraiArtist (292) - portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 22, 2007
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Pours dark dark brown with a big white foamy head. Aromas of chocolate, malt and spruce. Flavor is slightly chocolatey but not roasty, subtle but noticeable spices. A little bitterness at the finish. Perhaps some minty like Northern Brewer hops.
chuckstout (290) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big holiday aromas of clove, nutmeg, caramel, smoke, fruit. Pours a near black with ruby highlights and a tan head with great lacing. Nice mouthfeel toffee and spices a nice fun winter beer.
VinegarStroke (289) - Napa, California, USA - JAN 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: deep brown to black. Clear with very thick head. Huge lift of spice and florals. Some roasted flavors but they are dominated by the herbaceous additives. Dry, not sour and medium bitterness. Phenolic not bitter. Loads of flavor itís just that not all of itís nice.