avantdagare (103) - MalmŲ, Sweden, SWEDEN - JAN 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2012 2011 edition. 2 finger beige-brown head that reduces to 4 mm, red-brown body. Nose: Licorice-root, licorice, cardemum, anis, plums and ginger. Aroma: cardemum, cinnamon, anis, licorice-root, licorice, plums, ginger, chocolate, star-anis and figs
KSS (102) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from the bottle dark brown with a hint of red highlights. Nice big head with good lacing. I picked up tastes and aromas of coffee, cherry, raisin, prune, licorice. Sweet, spicy taste characteristics. A little more smooth and subtle to the Summit Winter Ale that I compared it to.
Guinnessman (102) - VACAVILLE, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 is by far the best Christmas Ale in 20 years. The amount of spice has been drastically pulled back to create a much smoother ale. Just the right blend of clove and nutmeg. No bad aftertaste. Goes great with a honey baked ham with the fixins.
murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a lot darker than I thought it would, a blood ruby with brown murk. Very good head retention.
The smell is subtle candy sweetness, light, airy malts, and a slight English style hop sense, I smell Fuggle, though I have no idea what the hops really are.
The taste is slightly tart at first, like a dubbel. Sweet with yeast. low dark fruits and a slight nutty toffee finish round this beer out.
Damn fine brew!
iceman15658 (100) - Acme, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle of 2011. a bit of a surprise in how much herb and vegetables that are apparent in the taste and aroma. Not one of my favorites but iíve had worse
MagooinPA (100) - Warminster, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 9, 2008
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
120z pour looked awesome, tasted horrible. To many spices that didnít work for me. previous years have much better. This 2007 version has too much going on and much of it is conflict.
theothermatt (100) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 2013. Pours a dark amber. Pine, citrus, and cinnamon on the nose. A ton of great pine and buttering herbal qualities. Great tasting and warming with a dry finish.
Proteus (98) - FINLAND - DEC 17, 2007
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2007 bottle. Dark brown with a light brown and thick head. I canít really get a distinct aroma from the beer, very malty and some spicy hints (almost like raisins) aroma. The aroma does evolve to something close to tar during the drinking experience but doesnít give anything special. Flavor is a deep mixture of malt and spicy bitterness, the hops are at a good level here. Also coffee and chestnut are some of the tastes I can put my finger on. Although it should be a seasonal drink I see it as a normal brown ale but itís got a bit of more freshness in it. Interesting but nothing special.
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - DEC 27, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2009 12 oz bottle. Pours a medium brown with a frothy beige head. Lots of aroma - ginger, nutmeg, pine and yeast. Spicy flavor with ginger, nutmeg, clove, dark fruit (plum and fig). Finishes with sweet malty notes and a nice full mouthfeel. This is what Christmas ales are all about.
Karstenborg (97) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012 Bottle. Deep brown with a tan head. Spice aroma, with strong cinnamon. The flavor is spice