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
45thstbrewer (94) - Conowingo, Maryland, USA - JAN 23, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Anchorís holiday brew was pretty good at first but the more i drank the more i disliked it for some reason
sheep (93) - FINLAND - DEC 11, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle, 2011 vintage. Deep dark reddish brown with a small khaki head. A nice mix of christmasy goodness on the nose, thereís dark fruit, nutty toast, some chocolate, spices, caramel and dark bread. Taste is a little flat and musty with most of the spiciness gone by now. Light ginger, dark malt, rye, hint of hops, finish is dry and roasty. Palate is light with medium carbonation.
mfaulke (92) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
There was a massive head on this beer upon pouring, but it quickly dissipated. Itís malty, and finishes a little dry. The spices really come through in the finish, but arenít overpowering. If the mouthfeel was a little thicker I would have liked it even more. Definitely worth a try.
acblue (91) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice,rich orange with a pillowy off-white head. Lots and lots of juniper and nutmeg in the aroma. The first sip is like drinking a Christmas tree, and not necessarily in a good way. Mellows out a great deal from there, but still quite over-spiced, with an un-balanced coriander overtone. Might balance the spiciness with a higher alcohol content, but a bit too thin to qualify as a warmer. A decent session beer, but not really all that special.
koekiesbakker (89) - NETHERLANDS - NOV 22, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
These spiced beers are not for me, I can take one but usually donít want to drink more than one. Spiced quite a bit. Sweetness as well.
welho (89) - FINLAND - NOV 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 2, 2013 0.33l bottle. Late 2011 version. Dark brown pour, small white head. Aroma has pine and some citrus in it. Taste is little sweet. Quite nice!
0.33l bottle from Alko, 2012 version. This must have all the Christmas tastes in it, especially it is very pine-liky. Very nice again!
phobos1031 (87) - Paradise, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2007
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle...like drinking a Thanksgiving dinner or Christmas ham in a bottle. very spicy and fulla hops, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pine tree. good for standinging line in the butt ass cold before you go to a Dead show while youíre frying on acid.