N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are we too obsessed with style? The label "Christmas Ale" on the bottle and the style designation "Scotch Ale" by Ratebeer has led many reviewers to produce baffling reviews. Should we critique Three Floyds Dark Lord for not having enough orange peel, cinammon, ginger, and nutmeg? Or downgrade one of Cantillon’s lambics because there is no peat, no smokiness, and not enough sweetness? ...
What does Bellsbeer.com say? "The basic inspiration for Bell’s Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesn’t contain any spices" ... That’s dead-nuts to what I taste - a malt driven session beer.
jrodooo5 (910) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark red w/ no head or lacing. The aroma is dominated by the cherries. The taste hits hard w/ the cherries upfront w/ the caramel flavor being the undertone. Pretty unique for a scotch!
BrownALEx (262) - Portland, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rating a Christmas ale on Easter, huh? Aromas of caramel and toffee. Nice spice taste, very smooth. Palate lingers a bit, very balanced. You would be able to drink a few of these. I almost wish it was that time of the season, no I don’t. No more snow!
deaconmike (360) - Roswell, Georgia, USA - APR 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a beautiful amber with tan head. Grainy malt aroma. Taste brings a bit more caramel. Not much spice for a winter ale. Slightly on the thin side. Ok, but probably not a repeater for me.
Nekronos (3633) - Xalapa, MEXICO - MAR 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
NIce to drink but a ltitle thin. Not so special. Quite aromatic but not much else to say.
terrybail (555) - London, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Steve
Not sure why all the low ratings on this one it is pretty damn good
Dark hazy mahogany nice thick malt back bone could drink a lot of these
rumproasts (2734) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - MAR 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. deep amber with one finger head. subtle for a christmas beer. medium malt and minimal spice. understated.
CpyNPrnT (292) - Indiana, USA - MAR 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From memory, nice spice and malt character. A great drink in cold weather.
Getbetter (794) - East Palo Alto, California, USA - FEB 24, 2014
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
From a bottle. There’s a slightly citrus note and floral,cereal,slight butterscotch.This is one of the better winter warmers I have had.
arkurzynski (1460) - Combined Locks, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Brown-orange pour. Nose toasted malt, caramel, toffee, and light piney hops. Flavor is more toasted malt and caramel with a bitter pine and peppery alcohol. Lingering alcohol spice, toasted malt, and hops.
fattybladdy (497) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - FEB 10, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft, pours a dark cloudy copper. Taste is sweet caramel malt with slight bitterness. A little watered down tasting but certainly drinkable.