Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from bottle. OSA 2005 pours dark ruby with a sudsy light tan head and nice lacing. Aroma is dominated by nutmeg and orange liquer. Flavor is well-balanced with rich malts: caramel, toasted, chocolate and faint hint of rye or smoked malts (maybe). Honeysuckle and nutmeg are also at the forefront. Remarkably clean finish for this higher gravity beer. Full-bodied and moderately carbonated. Warming for a crisp Winter night. OSA is always a welcome treat.
alaskanwarren (286) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 3, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iíve been meaning to snag this one fro awhile, and Doppelganger hooked me up. So thanks! Pours dark red, with a bit of brown. Head is creamy and bubbly. Aroma is malty with something else i canít put my finger on. Maybe cloves? Taste is really interesting. Very strong spices - lemon, anise, clove. I expected some warmer spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, but iím not getting that much. Itís more of the bitter stuff. I like it a lot. Finish is crisp and dry. Not really cloying for a fairly thick beer. I thought this was an interesting beer and I appreciate the experimentation. Not something I"m just super excited about but still a good, interesting beer. Bravo!
BaroneBirra (286) - 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 .
ninecats (285) - Uddevalla, SWEDEN - FEB 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Backlog, Christmas 2014. Bottle. Dark brown with two finger tan head, dissipates quickly leaving some lacings. Wonderful aroma of pine needles, vanilla, spices, liquorice, malt. Taste about the same with a dry finish. Medium body, light to medium carbo.
tedovertu (283) - Apple Valley, Minnesota, USA - DEC 8, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brownish amber color with very frothy tan head. Allspice and nutmeg mixed with some caramel. Not a bid fan of the spice beers but this one is pretty balanced and not overpowering. A little watery.
drinkbeer (283) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - NOV 17, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006. smooth, dark, tight carbonation. just the way I like it. This ale turns me on. tan head dissipates fairly quickly. ga ga ga ginger. i love my Ginny gin ginger. Cloves. I love my clovey clove cloves. The smell, no itís not exactly williams-sonoma, because it is fresh pine tree. It is winter solstace. Just feel the beer. literaly, touch it, play with it. Caress it. Gently though. It is a fine ale to be indulged this time of year. So go ahead...Indulge!
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2006. Very very brown in color with a medium-small tan head. A lot of ginger in the aroma, also super spicy, sweet and some malt (even a faint amount of chocolate). I thought it tasted like bread and lots of spices and roast- but not so much of the ginger in the flavor. Its one of the better spice/herb/vege beers that Iíve tried so far! I initially rated this a 3.4, but bumped the overall up one because its so good in the style.
Rballs01 (282) - Madison, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious as usual. A wee bit lighter this year from the previous. Poured a deep dark auburn. The flavor was malty and silky smooth in texture with a hint if some unknown flavor. This holiday ale is another priceless work of art. However, as I do every year put one away, preferably a 1.5L bottle and let it sit until next Christmas and no longer. One year tops and itís even more delicious!
craftbeersweden (280) - SWEDEN - JUL 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2010 edition. Best before september 2012. Still very drinkable. (august 2013) ABV: 5.5 Nice dark brown almost black color with a three finger light brown head. Milk chocolate, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, malt, brown sugar and yeast. Almost no carbonation. A hint of oxidation, still a very good beer!
jkaiser (279) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 30, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This beer was part of my Xmas 7 of 09. Spicy and warm, smelled like Xmas too. Label was lacking. Well made beer, try it.