Brigadier (3490) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at brewpub
A nice winter warmer for the price ($2.50) I would have enjoyed this even at the cost of a full pint. The only real regret I have is that I had enough that I saved little room for a great BA Rye Porter that followed. If you pick carefully at the BBC you can actually try beers that are not total trainwrecks (ie "lambics").
Aroma / Appearance - Weak headed, the body was the color of dulled copper that has yet to turn green. Spiced nutmeg, clove, and caramel were just a subset of experiences that also included iced gingersnap cookies. It smells a bit like someone dropped a roll of sweet tarts into Dr Pepper.
Flavor / Palate - Heavily spiced candy canes attack the senses for around a minute. Overly sweet and cloying it needs to take this aspect down a notch. More body or less spice would put it on par with an average year of Great Lakes Christmas Ale. Coming from the BBC however I will take what I can get.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours reddish brown with a mostly receding light tan head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and Christmas spices. Taste of gingerbread, cinnamon, spiced bread, caramel, and sweet syrup. Mouthfeel is full bodied and slightly sticky with soft to moderate carbonation. Very nice spiced aled.
wheninhell (488) - chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 13, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
clear amber with a disappearing white head. aroma green apple cinnamon and nutmeg. flavor tart green apple cinnamon nutmeg and ginger. medium bodied. lively carbonation. tart medium dry finish. spicy nutmeg ginger and light cinnamon. average spiced ale but it really hits the spot after some christmas shopping.
Kevin (2191) - New Mexico, USA - DEC 12, 2005
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
tap.dark copper pour. reminded me a bit of anchor osa, spiced nose, a bit too much lavender like taste to it. biscuity and chalky. does not sit well with me. seemed a bit hollow. it was hard for me to put words to this. because it is not a bad beer, i just do not like it. my cousin loved it though.
TAR (2625) - Marshall (Asheville area), North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2003 Draft: Not a bad Christmas ale. A bit on the trendy side with all the spices. Nutmeg and ginger? Orange flavors as well, light body, copper color, and little alcohol for a winter beer. Soft as well. Only on draft in the fall and winter months.