GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours reddish brown out of the bottle and settles in an opaque mahogany that only has ruby hints around the edges. There is a healthy beige head that recedes to a hefty cap with good lacing.
Aroma is sweet and malty but with lots of subtle spices mixed in, including cinnamon and nutmeg. There is also an interesting juniper berry and evergreen character. Almost a minty type aroma.
The taste has an initial juniper kick alongside the sweet caramel malts. The spices become much more evident in the finish where I’m left with a cinnamon and herbal zing on the palate.
The mouthfeel is creamy and smooth with lots of spices popping on the tongue.
This a really well crafted and very drinkable winter warmer. After 2 years, the spices have settled down a bit and let the sweetness of the malts come out.
DavoleBomb (1467) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Dark brown, black if not near light. Two fingers of frothy light tan head with below average retention, but moderate amounts of lacing.
4.5 S: The aroma is very appropriate for a beer with "Christmas" in the title. Lots of spices in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamon, and gingerbread. Cake icing, spruce, candied dark fruits, resiny and herbal hops. Light toastiness and nuttiness. Quite pleasant.
3.5 T: Taste is pretty bland compared to the nose, but still good enough. Definitely a big hop component with a moderate bitterness and sticky piney and orange hop flavor. This is surprisingly dry, which is a bit shocking considering how sweet the aroma is. Some of the spices come through well (especially cinnamon, spruce, and nutmeg), but not much of the cake and candied fruit flavors. This allows for the roasty toastiness and nuts to come through more, but I’d prefer a cakey sweetness.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate amounts of carbonation and somewhat spritzy. Reasonably smooth, but I wish this was thick and rich and super creamy.
3.5 D: Having recently had my first St. Arnold Reserve #9, I suppose I was hoping this would be somewhat like that after the nose gave me a similar vibe. The problem is that I didn’t get much of what I wanted/expected. This isn’t a bad beer, but doesn’t deliver on the sweetness and warmth (or even spiciness in the taste) that I associate with some of the best Christmas beers.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-11-2010 04:58:58
Kronebryg (1037) - Sorgenfri, DENMARK - DEC 3, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Some head, dark brown. sweet nose with raisins, dust, prunes, and a little orange. Medoium bodýand length, leitghtweight. Caramel and also some dust. heavy but simple
jredmond (4882) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle vintages 2000-2006 shared at Paul’s Dec 3rd tasting courtesy of Andy. The 2000 and 2001 were by far the best - very interesting how this beer has aged especially considering the low alcohol to begin with. Aroma of the older years is full of prune, fig, raisins, and molasses. Mouthfeel for the 2005 and 2006 is a bit too watery with notes of dark fruits, brown sugar, molasses, and some spruce and some spices.
frozen_glass (51) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
This is a review of the 2011 version, not aged.
Great warm, earthy nose with hints of alpine evergreen and slight salty/savory implication. The malt shines with its roasted character. Simple label and unique bottle shape hold a beautiful deep red topped with a creamy tan head. It’s rich yet balanced throughout, complimented by it’s smooth and full mouth-feel. Overall, a well put together and well presented beer.
mikey (503) - farmington, Utah, USA - MAR 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The 2011 has a nice soapy, herbal nose with prune and raisins. The taste starts malty up front with cocoa, spices and dark fruits hit the tongue strong. Semi-sweet cola rounds out the back end. Hints of spices & prune make for a rather dry finish.
kerenmk (1881) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JUN 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at beerandbeyon’s farewell tasting at Dagan’s. Thanks beerandbeyond. 2011 edition. Pours murky brown with a yellow beige head. Sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove in the nose, sweet, dry and not that great taste. Watery-to-medium body, hardly any carbonation.
Fatehunter (1064) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - JUN 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. Dark brown with a half inch of off-white head.
Spices! Cinnamon, cider, eggnog and malt. Quite the interesting combo, but it smells like Christmas.
Hmm, fairly straight forward taste, some malt balanced with hops to avoid any dominate sweet or bitter taste. Though, there is an astringent taste at the end that is kind of off-putting.
Light and crisp body; medium towards heavy carbonation.
The taste was a let-down. The smell was all spicy, but the flavor was not matching. Drinkable, but I am going to find another beer to be my "Winter Warmer."
daje (1799) - NORWAY - JUL 5, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark brown body, medium sized beige head.
Aroma of cinnamon, malt, cloves. Taste of prunes, malt, coffee. Dry finish, good body and carbonation.
BitchPls (379) - FINLAND - NOV 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No onko tää nyt vittu merry christmas & happy new year 2012? Well whatever. Coffee black beer with a brief mocha head.Flavors of black currant, mild coffee and lingonberry. Perhaps some cinnamon. Quite a light body. Not bad.