Oly (36) - Crawfordsville, Indiana, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: JAN 11, 2014 Meh. Everything about this beer is mild. There isn’t much to love or hate. This beer is to other Christmas/Scottish ales as a session beer is to a robust pale ale.
Pours a hazy orangey-amber color with a thin off-white head. The little aroma that is there is malty. The flavor is mild, almost watered down, but it’s pleasant enough to drink. The caramel malt notes dominate because not much else is going on. There is a surprising amount of carbonation in the palate, just on the border of being off-putting.
If you’re looking to bring a beer to a social function where most of the people there are satisfied with crappy beer, then this is probably the one for you. It won’t offend you, and it’s decent enough, and you won’t have to deal with the anguish of having Philistines complaining about how damned overpowering your Alpha King is...
Darkmagus82 (979) - - AUG 19, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-15-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a reddish amber color with a nice one finger off white head. The head has a good level of retention giving a quite nice level of lacing.
Smell – The nose is overall quite light. It consists of a light bready smell mixed with some light citrus and brown sugar.
Taste – A bready and malty flavor greets the tongue. A decent sweetness is upfront being of a caramel and brown sugar flavor. Dark fruit flavors then come to the taste more toward the middle. While the dark fruit comes to the taste, the sugary tastes dwindling a bit. Some flavors of a smoky nature soon come to the tongue more toward the end and are accompanied by a light spice as well as some bitter citrus. These flavors, in the end, leave a malty but hop and sweet balanced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the brew was on the thicker and creamier side for a brew of only 5.5 % abv. The carbonation level was on the slightly lower side, but very close to average. The combo of the thicker body and medium carbonation made it a bit of a slower drinker, but not too slow where it wasn’t still refreshing and to where all the spice and sweet flavors lost their draw. Quite nicely done.
Overall – A great drinking Christmas ale with a good flavor and mouthfeel.
Mark_Eck (656) - - AUG 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear amber color. Aroma and taste are light spices, bready malts, and caramel.
Weevo (22) - Indiana, USA - JUL 27, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours mahogany, light tan head. Slight spice, thin for a dark beer. Overall not bad.
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jrodooo5 (998) - 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 (265) - 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 (375) - 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 (594) - 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 (2863) - 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 (358) - 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.