Jayson2425 (167) - Box Elder, South Dakota, USA - APR 11, 2004
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: APR 14, 2004 Nice name for a good beer. I cant wait for next holiday season so i can buy more of this type of beer
bockimstein (167) - New Madrid, Missouri, USA - NOV 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle to lager glass. Pours dark amber with thin off white head. I get floral hops and a touch of sweet, molasses maybe. Sweet with a hopped finish. A decent winter offering.
alraicercsu (166) - Ft.Collins, Colorado, USA - FEB 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Poured a redish color with a small head. Strong spice notes. Tastes the same with overly spicy start with a good hop finish.
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.
sharkbcr (149) - Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A perennial winter seasonal. Amber color with a modest head. A malty sweet taste with a spicy finish.
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.