chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep, deep brown pour that light barely penetrates. Topped with a frothy dark tan head that dissipates quickly. Great nose – ginger bread cookies and sweet dried fruit. I could smell this all night! Palate is somewhat thin and mildly carbonated. Taste is more bitter than the nose suggested. Some of the ginger comes through in the flavor. Has a nice dry finish.
nramsburg (259) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Tasty spicy holiday beer. Pretty consistently good -- I’ve had this from other vintages. Malty aroma, and little smoky, perhaps some coriander and orange taste. Not too heavy or spicy, good bitter finish, and definitely my favorite holiday beer.
jerseyjohn71 (259) - corsicana, Texas, USA - DEC 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ginger bite, floral, resin, spruce, herbs, earthy, caramel, bread, hay, cough drop, ginger, cedar, red, hazy, frothy, white foam, lightly bitter, lightly ginger, light body, medium bite, soft carbonation, creamy,
turboespresso (256) - Port Moody, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Chestnut brown with thin head. Low-medium carbonation. The most interesting aroma, almost like fresh gingerbread out of the oven. Taste is surprisingly dry, but spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate flavours are present. Mouthfeel is ok, a little bitter & muddy like you would get while having an espresso drink or dark hot chocolate. I like it because it’s so different.
youdictategood (256) - Florida, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 - Single bottle from Total Wine. Very dark amber pour with a small tan head. Heavy lacing. A lot of vanilla and ginger in the aroma, along with some pine, citrus, and dough. Pretty heavy malt taste to start, then grass/pine, bread, bitter chocolate. Finishes with some cinnamon/ginger spice. Medium-bodied, low carbonation. Not bad, but wouldn’t keep me from reaching for a lot of other winter releases first.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with big head. The aroma and flavor were both dominated by ... rose. Spicy flavor.
Koyo (251) - SWEDEN - DEC 5, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Systembolaget. I actually really liked the aroma of this beer, the spices made it very much of a Christmas beer. The looks are not bad either, very dark with a nice foam. Then there is the taste, it wasn’t all that good. Se bitterness lingering in there with the spices, a little sweet.
n0mel (250) - FINLAND - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
28.12.12. Bottle, 2012. Foam is beige and there’s not much of it. Dark brown, a bit hazy beer. Aroma is a bit sweet with spices all over the place. Tastes bitter, piney, not xmasey as I expected, some very dark chocolate. Mouthfeel smooth, aftertaste pretty long bitter (a bit unpleasant). Overall, lots of flavor and an OK beer.
acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
I just didn’t get the enjoyment from this beer that others have. To me, the dominant flavor was bubblegum. Like from trading cards....
Nihon (247) - Vernon, Connecticut, USA - NOV 24, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2007, dark reddish brown, low carbonation. Spicy hoppy aroma, coriander,nutmeg, with a little bit of sweetness. Medium bodied, smooth with medium bitterness. Hops are fairly heavy, not overwhelming, aftertaste of spices and hops.