Gabemik (46) - Joplin, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a very deep red. Not much light can get through this brew. Aroma is faint, almost nothing. Thereís a ghost of the chinooks and some spice. The flavor is a bit nutty, a bit hoppy, some carbination, and a hint of alchohol.
LutzBrau (43) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - FEB 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice spicy malty aroma. Hints of cinamon and vanilla with a great hops finish, though mild bitterness. Overall mild flavors, I have had better winter ales.
roacheater (43) - Alabama, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2012 2012 (November) - pretty radical shift for this yearís offering. itís now 7.8% abv (on bottle and website) and it seems the way they accomplished this is to add brown and dark sugar (ingredient list on website). bottle says "Contains pure water, barley malt, wheat malt, hops, and yeast". nowhere does it say anything about sugar... pretty shoddy if you ask me. anyway, itís not bad tasting at all, 6 bucks a sixer, and more than capable of giving you one of those bizarre adjunct headaches if you think it still the 5.9% version.. lol
2005 - Much better offering from Boulevard. Their Pale Ale became drinkable within the past year and now their "holiday" beer really steps up to the plate. Tons of flavor and backbone for a Boulevard beer. This beer is more properly classified as an American Hop Ale. Really, just a very nice effort from the boys in K.c.
ArrogantDusty (40) - Missouri, USA - FEB 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma os spice, pine and hoppy floralness.
Taste is allspice, cinnamon with clove and then a citric hop wave rolls over it all. A bready toast or biscuit malt backs things up.
hopphead88 (33) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - OCT 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a rusty, hazed burnt orange with a fluffy, light tan head. The aroma is full of fresh hopped goodness. Pine needles , spices, peaches and a bit of fruitiness I imagine is coming from the yeast. Flavors of sweet caramel and toffee in the front. Finishes with oranges, brown sugar,:spicy, piny hops, and a cookie dough like maltiness Med-full in body, with absolutely no alcohol heat. This batch has a far more pronounced hop character than I remember in years past, which isnít a bad thing. Damn, itís good this year!!
verge (32) - USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I really enjoyed this seasonal brew. Very nice hoppy flavor with plenty of citrus and pine notes. One of my top holiday brews.
pudds (29) - Brandon, Manitoba, CANADA - MAR 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Hazy golden brown. Thick creamy head that goes for miles. A moderately vigorous pour resulted in so much head that I had to wait for it to settle to continue pouring. Aroma is too mild - hard to detect anything. Faint citrus hops, maybe. Definite hops on the tongue. Light malt, fairly strong pine needle bitterness that lasts after the first taste. Finish is nicely carbonated and leaves me wanting more. Very nice.
ders0 (28) - , Minnesota, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this on tap at the Roseville Old Chicago. It was pretty dark with an amber hue. Slightly bitter which I like in this type of beer too much sweetness certainly throws it off. It had a nice nutty flavor as well or maybe Iím imagining that because I expected that from the name.
Enormo (26) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 8, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A nice deep reddish brown pour with a light tan head. The aroma is spicy along with the flavor. Ends in a nice nutty finish. After a couple went down I realized it was a little stronger than I thought. A perfect winter beer.
CitizenZ (26) - Kansas, USA - NOV 27, 2009
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dark amber pour into my pub glass yielded a full cream colored head that did not dissolve quickly. Doesnít have much smell to speak of. It hits the same notes as many other amber ales with a hint of bitterness in the back of the mouth as you swallow. No overt notes jump out at you, a hint of orange peel, most of the flavors meld together and the alcohol flavor is noticable amidst the barley and wheat. Donít pay extra for this beer but its a good, medium bodied ale good for about three per session before it becomes wearing.