Caytinator (899) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 11, 2014
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
What an interesting little beer, but far from perfect. Dark amber color, decent lacing, small head. Spicy aroma, as expected. Taste is a bit overfermented, a tad too bitter. This is middling for a Christmas beer.
Churchkey (15) - - FEB 2, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Pours dark with one finger of light tan foam, not cloudy but not clear. A little carbonation.
Smell: Sweet, apple, floral, malt.
Taste: Light fruity taste with a little bit of malt in the background. Very little hop bitterness.
Mouth Feel: Smooth and medium bodied. Easy to drink.
Over All: An easy drinking beer but I was a bit disappointed as it was not what I expected for a winter warmer. The beer just did not give me a satisfying finish for the style. Not a bad beer but not what I expected.
Serving type: bottle
QuezXLV (398) - Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great amber color and a bubbly tan suds. Hints of spices with a subtle carbonation. Faint aroma but fruity and pleasant.
- Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Brigadier (2880) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 litre fliptop
This 2008 vintage was an unexpected find on the shelves in Bloomington. Signed by members of the brewery it appeared to be part of a limited run. Whatever the origins the beer inside was a decent Christmas ale. This does not seem like a likely candidate for long term aging. Much past six years I could see it falling off; it already felt as if it was missing some of its luster.
Aroma / Appearance - A reddish black base is the color of almost ripe blackberries. Flattish head lives a short life before fading away like mist. Ripe plums, cinnamon, and other seasonal contributions create a picture of a cold winter day by the fireplace with a live fir tree. It does manage to feel boozy despite being only 7% ABV.
Flavor / Palate - Plum, chocolate, whipped cream, and malt have thinned out over the years. Rather than a chewy texture the product has a soft edge like melting ice - one misstep and the whole thing will collapse. If not for the uniqueness of the bottle I’d probably been just as happy with a fresh 12 ounce bottle.
Ibrew2or3 (6782) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours with a clear amber body that has thin copper edges and supports a thin dirty white head. The aroma offers up dark fruity esters, candy sugar, ripe cherries, some molasses and malts and then just a touch of smoke around the edge of the experience. Nice aroma. The taste is smooth and pretty rich with cherries, candi sugar, malts and a slight molasses note. To midway a modest roasted maltiness surfaces to add some balance to the sweetness. Nice stuff and I get snippets of smoky malts here and there too.
60minuteman (697) - Frazer, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear mahogany color. Thin head. Aroma of roasted malt, hop, pine, caramel sweetness and cinnamon. Taste is sweet and sticky. Thin body. More spice on the tongue. OK ASA
HighlanderOne (986) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of malt, spice and hops. Mahogany color, almost no head. I taste toasted malt, spices ( nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe some ginger), pepper. Feel is just a bit watery but also quite drinkable. This is similar to several other seasonals of this style, but still pretty good.
Maxbier (149) - Maryland, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Medium brown with thin head. Minimal aroma. Creamy spicy, flavors of apple, finishes like a cider. Not offensive.
Jimsal27 (210) - New York, USA - DEC 26, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light brown with little to no head. Aroma is non existent. Maybe faint aroma of yeast and chocolate. Flavor is bland with creamy mouthfeel. Could use some extra carbonation.
EithCubes (4728) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours darkish amber-brown with a short beige head. Nose is sweet with light caramel and fruit, taste more of the same, with some brown sugar and faint spice. Surprised that it’s not that sweet, but does have a rich and tumbling malt mouthfeel with creamy butter and butterscotch edges. Very low toast/nuts, well-concealed alcohol, fullish body. Blander than it sounds, missing a keystone.