Avengedpoet (329) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - MAR 10, 2009
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2008 vintage. Pours almost black with decent brown head. Aroma is originally very off-putting. My brain simultaneously thought chocolate and fecal...not good. Oddly enough, as it warmed it morphed into a much nicer pine/mint aroma. Taste is also originally quite off-putting, being over-spiced and tasting like burned chocolate. Again, as it warms, it improves and becomes more balanced. Overall a very dry beer. Lesson: don’t drink this at a cold or cool temperature, it’s disgusting.
Neeskens (328) - SWEDEN - DEC 16, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled. Dark ruby with a off-white head. The aroma is gingerbread biscuits all the way. There are spices like cloves and cardamon as well as a good caramel maltiness. More of the same in the taste, but with more hoppy notes of fruit and pine.
jon112981 (327) - Bristow, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Dark pour with thick white head. Slightly bitter with a sweet undertone. Very light tasting but not as smooth as I expected.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 8, 2006
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2007 2006 version, on tap. The Quintessential Christmas beer of 2006! yummy gingerbread beer - Christmas in a glass! Flavor includes chooclate and coffee, a slight taste of orange cream halfway through, with a touch of peppery hops about three quarters of the way through. A very smooth palate.
2005 version - sampled in August 2007 - delightful cinnamon, orange and nutmeg flavor... this is the archetype for classic Christmas beers.
Carlisle (324) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 edition. Bottle. Dark ruby-black color with thin tan head and lacing. Nose has roasted malt, ginger, clove, nutmeg, and other spices. Roasted malt with some chocolate upfront. Some bitterness in the middle followed by vanilla and nutmeg--much like eggnog--in the long, creamy finish. Body is a bit thinner than expected.
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Scouser (323) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
2006 A nice dark brown colour with beige lacing. Spicy treacle aroma. Tastes of licorice, vanilla. A really nice beer!
2007 Dark brown with beige lacing. Earthy aroma. Malthy and earthy flavour, not a bad beer, but not as good as the 20006
sinkr (323) - Odenton, Maryland, USA - NOV 30, 2007
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
2007 from the bottle: produces a nice, thick head that consists of many micro bubbles; has a nice spicy smell and a very light and spicy, but pleasant aftertaste that hangs around for about 30 seconds. I think this is a very pleasing holiday brew.
CaptBier (323) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 12, 2008
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottled. A pitch black beer with a slight brown shine under a huge brown head. The aroma is sweet with strong spicy notes among them strong notes of spruce and cardemomme - a bit too much for me. The flavor is sweet again with strong notes of spices - especially spruce and cardemmome, but then a note of roasted malt joins in, and combines with the spices to give it an extremely dry finish.
asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - DEC 1, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2006 Bottle. Got to say this is one of my favorite bottle artworks. Pours a dark brown color with a a very thick tan head on top. Looks delicious! Aroma is malty, nutmeg, gingerbread, cinnamon, ginger root, and spice are in the aroma also. Flavor is full of gingerbread, spice, and caramel. A very interesting taste, like a cold gingerbread latte from Starbucks. Definitely a nice Christmas beer.
ElCapitan22 (322) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown color with excellent lacing. Has very nice head retention as well. Tastes malty and of the usual winter spices. A nice Xmas beer!