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.
fakebeersnob (320) - Salt Lake City, Utah, USA - DEC 22, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells a bit like this spiced wine I once drank (mixed with a weak porter). Pours a dark brown that is almost black. Taste burt malt at the back. Upfront is a bit of coffee, a bit of cocoa, and some slight berry sourness. Also holiday spice. It is not that balanced of a beer. A bit of a mess. The ending reminds me of a cold bitter coffee. Thin, watery body.
Not much of a fan.
kanaclane (318) - - JAN 1, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nez: Malt fumé, chocolat, cannelle
Bouche: Chocolat, fumée, fruits noirs, cannelle, épicée
Rien de transcendant mais elle est vraiment très agréable.
stison42 (318) - Blacksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2006
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 Black. Lightly spiced, a bit more spice would have added to the beer a lot. Only an Ok beer.
santos999 (318) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2008
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
07 bottle. Pours a real dark brown with a thin off-white. Smells like a Christmas tree and roasted barley. The taste is overly spicy with little balance. I thought a year would help, I was damn wrong. Not on my wish list.
bbrock81 (317) - Le Mars, Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Pours a dark cola brown, very foamy. Aroma somewhat muted, kind of a bitter, herbal note. Flavor is sweet, herbal, and piney. Palate a bit harsh. Not impressed this year.
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAR 17, 2007 12oz. bottle - pours very dark brown with ruby highlights and a light brown, caramel head leaving elegant lacing in the glass. Aroma is very malty, fruity and tart, somewhat sweet. Reminded me of many traditional English dark ales, actually, but with notes of chocolate and molasses. Flavour however is a kick in the ass, a very complex array on the palate. Starts off with some sweet chocolate, spruce, lots of spice that I can’t put my finger on. Finishes with toffee and chocolate, along with some sweet maltiness and light vanilla. The aftertaste is long and delicious. This is a very unique, complex and satisfying beer. Great!
antzman (316) - Clarksville, Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown with a bit of amber tint and a thick off white head. The aroma is spicy... caramel malts, nutmeg. The taste is excellent. A bit of chocolate malt, a little clove and cinnamon. A good bit of carbonation, with a medium to heavy mouthfeel. Looking forward to cellering a couple of these to see how they are next year.
OzarkElmo (315) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish-brown with moderate beige head. Tastes of malt & spices - ginger, cinnamon and others. Malty but thin and easy to drink. Not smokey, that’s a plus. Good for the style, but not my style.
jumpjet2k (314) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 5, 2009 2008 bottle. Pours a very dark amber, somewhat porter-like. Aroma is cloves, spruce, a little cinnamon - Christmas spices, who would’ve guessed? The flavor of spice and some citrus is much lighter than I expected from the aroma. Nothing really sticks out that much - it’s balanced, but not terribly exciting. Smooth palate with a clean dry finish. Not bad.
Updated: July 15 2009.
2008 vintage bottle. So what if it’s the complete wrong time of year? A nice dark ruby color with a full tan head. Smells like potpourri - cinnamon, cloves, gingerbread, maybe a little chocolate in there as well, and something else I can’t quite place. Flavor is subdued maltiness complemented by lots of spice, largely the same as the aroma: cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, potpourri in general. Finishes dry to a pleasant spicy citrusy bitterness. Smooth, balanced, tasty. The spices take some getting used to, though - this isn’t your everyday beer.