BigDUK (13) - West Yorkshire, - JAN 18, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle 2009 with a Cupressus macrocarpa on the front. really deep brown/red mahogany colour. sort of sap aroma, taste is sharp grapefruit, pine, cinnamon/cloves, bitter after taste, dry(ish). Very christmassy i think, a good one for xmas morning, but just one.
Salmoniform (83) - Sweet Home, Oregon, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2012 poured from bottle to glass. Nice amber color with white head. Aroma was "holiday spices" all the way. Some caramel, sugar, slight roastiness, malty essences. Flavor was sweet initially with a bitter following. Slight astringentness from the spices in the finish. Some hop bitterness remained but really no hop character was to be found. Overall, this was a decent "holiday spiced" ale...not too overpowering, but definitely spice-centric.
harrymel (855) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A: Chocolate red ale with nearly three fingers which fall quickly to a sheet of tan. Spotty lace and excellent clarity.
S: cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Turns out, this year the holiday is pumpkin. Otherwise, some slight nutty malts.
T: Lots more spices: cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, clove. A brown/porter malt profile, which complements the spices well.
M: thin with low carb. Semi dry finish.
O: Meh, not bad. Not going back for more, however.
Serving type: bottle
ADesenberg (391) - Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft: dark brown, aroma of sugar and spices. Peppery. There are a lot of flavors rolling around in this one. Great Christmas berry. This is amazing.
mgajdaczewa (185) - Katowice, POLAND - DEC 16, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bardzo ładny piernikowy aromat, niezbyt słodki, poparty palonym słodem. Ale w smaku... kompot z suszonych śliwek, taki wigilijny. A ja tego smaku nienawidzę. Będąc rzetelnym smak dość oryginalny, wytrawne, stosunkowo lekkie jak na piwo zimowe. Uberświąteczne piwo.
mintzmeet (99) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark branchy color. mellow spicy aroma. full bodied in flavor, but not texture. pops with a bit of juniper. Christmas spices with dark sugar and ginger biscuit
BrettTaylor (263) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2013 vintage - tasted as part of local shopís weekly beer tasting so this is based only on 1 oz pour. Will edit this once I have a bottle of my own. Aroma is nice - bit of spice, followed by a bit of malt sweetness. Taste is delicious, full mouthfeel, nice spice and malt balance.
Shooter42 (118) - California, USA - DEC 15, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amazingly tasty and the best Christmas Ale I have had so far. Make sure to stock up and enjoy, as itís only available for a very limited time per year. Great mixture of malts and spices.
chuckstout (186) - Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big holiday aromas of clove, nutmeg, caramel, smoke, fruit. Pours a near black with ruby highlights and a tan head with great lacing. Nice mouthfeel toffee and spices a nice fun winter beer.
reyman (5) - - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bark brown. Aroma of clove, nutmeg malt, chocolate, pine. Tastes as it smells. Overall a good beer with a nice body and mouthfeel.
allmyvinyl (1114) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
355ml bottle from appellation wines, Dalry. Pours opaque dark brown, thin off-white head. Nice tight bubbles. Big Christmas-spice aromas, dark sugar and ginger biscuit. Taste has more spice, a treacle sweetness, and light bitterness. Festive.