Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 9, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. dark mahogany with a small tan head, No lacing. Rich nose is laden with the smells of spice cake, raisons, cinnamon and coffee.Tastes of raisons, brown sugar, mince pie and burnt caramel. Nicely done.
jacobwennbom (357) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - MAR 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Darkish. Aroma is very chocolatey. Taste is spicy. There is marsipan, vanilla, all kinds of floral perfumy notes and that taste the air has at your local butcher. Exciting but maybe a little too much going on for its own good.
bconch (356) - - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
2012. Dark brown pour. Little to no head. Smell of dark fruits. Taste is similar with a coffee presence. Almost like a Belgian stout.
coolfunnj (356) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - APR 8, 2016
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
as always wonderful cinnamon nutmeg and gingerbread aroma with a caramel note also..dark brown no light passes thru with tan filmy head and lacing..taste a little more hoppy(pine) than apparent in the nose with the abovementioned cinnamon ginger flavors as well burnt malts and smoke apparent as well surprisingly dry finish..light-medium bodied long dry finish with a coka cola like aftertaste this isn’t my favorite one could use more sweetness and is even slightly harsh,still unusual and tasty though, a hop fan may rate this higher (2015 batch)
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 11, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
beer pours a very pretty, ruby-tited deep brown, with a tan head that retains well and leaves massive lace. nose is of course spicy, but not as over-the-top as some years (no pine sol, not super clovey). chocolate notes in the aroma, along with, perhaps, some light cinamon, and maybe some cardamom. flavor is again more beer-like than some other years, with the spices adding nuance to a flavor that again has bitter chocolate notes. pleasing vintage of this brew. perhaps some astringency in the finish.
kennydiaz (355) - Manahawkin, New Jersey, USA - MAR 7, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I HAVE HAD THEIR CHRISTMAS BEER EVERY YEAR SINCE 2002. 2007 HAD A COMPLEX FLAVOR BUT I THINK THERE WAS TO MANY SPICES IN IT THIS YEAR. I ENJOYED 2006 ’S VERSION THE MOST.
matty (353) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. 2011 bottle tasted on 2016-01-22. Pours a deep ruby red color with a finger thick tan head. Aroma is heavy of spices, wood and a little bit of alcohol. Medium body, taste is interesting. A combination of malt and spice but I can’t put my finger on just one thing. Finish is more of the same. A complex beer.
T2Tool (352) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2008 version had back in December. Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pint glass a dark amber color. Aroma was sweet and spicy. Taste of cinnimon and nutmeg along with what seemed like citrus.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2010
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think someone misheard me when I ordered this beer and accidentally served me pine sol. Smells good...for a candle not a beer
bombshelter (349) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 20, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
tasted vs the 03 and 04. better than 04, but not as good as 03. tons of nutmeg (they should just call this nutmeg brew), cinammon, other spices. nice body, good flavor, but just too nutmeg-y.