LuckyDog (614) - - DEC 17, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a traditional Christmas ale. The spices are subtle. Nice dry finish. Pours red.
jcnielsen (2771) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a reddish color with white head. Caramel, spice aromas. Spiced, caramel, slight resiny, herbal flavors. A little disappointing, one of my least favorite Bells beers. Spices seem a little off and just doesn’t warmth and/or body of a good winter ale.
ARH (976) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, poured into a tulip. Doughy, toffee/butterscotch, herb aromas come through initially with a touch of spice and secondary notes of seltzer water and marmalade. It pours a clear and light orange-yellow with a soapy, fluffy, foamy off-white head that retains a thick, fluffy ring with a good lace on the glass. The taste is and intensifying medium high bitter with medium sweet support. It’s texture is a bit thin with fizzy carbonation. The medium body has mostly notes of caramel with some roasty chqracters, orange, and some herb at the finish. The mostl dominant flavor is a dry toffee that turns waxy as the drink progresses. The toffee lingers for a bit but is replaced by a doughy and yeasty aftertaste with marmalade notes and a slight tart cherry. There?s definitely a long lingering wax flavor in the aftertaste.
ttroha (443) - Americus, Georgia, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Hop City. Pours amber with white head. Aroma of hops, spice, and Christmas cookies. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and bitter hops. Bitter aftertaste. Decent beer
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice copper body with a nice off white that had great retention and lace. Aroma had a nice malt presence to it. Mostly caramel malts but also just enough toasted malts to it. Hops were mildly bitter in the aroma. Flavor seemed to have good balance between malt flavors and the hops were just bitter enough to give it some character. A nice smooth finish and a decent mouth feel. I liked the fact this was not a "spiced" beer. A good beer.
Fredis23 (515) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber Color, Huge And Long Lasting Foam Head, Lots Of Lacing. Although It is Rather Fresh Beer. It has Lots Of White Floaters, Therefore A Little Unappealing. Cooked Vegetables Aroma Reminds Me Of Pumpkin Beer. Malt, Cooked Vegetables. Medium Body, Light Bitter. Drinkable, Pretty Decent Besides It’s Label, does not really have anything to do with Christmas... Still Worth A Try...
UNCCTF (513) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap (growler). Dark copper coloring with off-white head. Very sweet flavor with a lot of caramel. I’m usually not much of one for Christmas beers, but this one doesn’t overdo it on the spice and is fairly balanced. Tastes like a bigger beer than the 5.9 ABV. Enjoyable.
arnold931 (1012) - Iowa, USA - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours partly cloudy copper with nice off white head. Nose is grain and a little caramel. Taste is quite a bit of spiciness and bitterness. Watery mouthfeel. Some caramel in the taste. Lasting spiciness in the aftertaste.
Jethro6191 (501) - Indiana, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours copper with a wispy white head. Malty aroma with some fruity character. The flavor is malt forward with caramel, fruit, and bread notes. The hop bitterness is low. Light-medium body with a thin mouthfeel. The finish is sweet with a lingering mild spiciness.
nathan30533 (915) - Clifton, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very enjoyable christmas ale. This beer is well balanced with malt. Not too spicy and tasty.