pj1855 (160) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours an amber color with very little head. Aroma is a mixture of banana/clove and hops. Initial flavor of sweet malts balanced off with a warm spicy hop finish.
davesarman (159) - Waconia, Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2003
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Is listed here as an English Strong Ale. Doesn't taste like such to me. Aroma is of a cheap pale lager, such as one made with adjuncts (corn especially). Color is a nice deep auburn. It's slightly hazy. The label says bottle conditioned, but either it should be filtered or it should have more yeast in the bottle. Taste is thin. Malt profile mainly, but the malt is of a lighter taste than the color suggests. If tasted blind, this could pass for a macro beer or at best one of the feeble bock beers that some regional brewers (Grain Belt, Hamm's) made in the late 1970's or 80's. I'm sorry to contradict other raters, but I think this is a mediocre beer at best.
jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - APR 29, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
It was brown in color with a nice frothy head. It was a well balanced beer with a nice smooth taste and a hint of hops.
tdcritch (153) - Missouri, USA - MAR 4, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is the best Christmas beer around. It is a winter ale, has a dark brown color, very malty with lots of spices. Poured a good head.
joechristenson (149) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours cloudy and hazy, sort of an orange gingerbread color. Small, off-white head that disappears quickly. Aroma is subtle, but there is some charred molasses that suggests an earthy sweetness. Flavor is a fruity, yet bitter, a hint of molasses, with earthy and spicy hops. I thought this would be sweeter than it is . . . not as full-bodied as I would like. The thinness of the beer is covered up via over-carbonation . . . it certainly dances on the palate, but it seems disingenuous. Still, this makes for a decent session beer, and I find the after taste rather pleasant.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown in color with little head. Spicy aroma which also carried into the flavor. Nice winter treat.
Sincere (145) - wichita, Kansas, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a beautiful honey color with a thick off white head. Smells like sweet maple syrup and grains. The taste is sweet and bitter at the same time, a good balance. This beer has a decent hoppy kick, and fairly active carbonation. Seasonal, so grab when possile.
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - APR 10, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another member of a variety pack, I bought for a party. It fit my budget and pleased my guests. A good holiday ale.
cduncan14 (138) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - FEB 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft. It’s got a fruity-sweet aroma that was pretty unexpected, along with some hop. Thin head with a dark brownish-red color. It’s got a bit of the alcohol flavor you’d expect from a winter warmer, as well as some piney hop flavors that linger nicely. Overall a very nice, slightly more hop-forward winter warmer.
jamrun (137) - Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA - MAR 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
nice pepery, spicy flavour, good malt backround what i expect form a christmas ale