cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 25, 2002
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very smooth and I liked the sugary caramel flavor, couldnít taste the chocolate though. I think they just slapped on a Christmasy label to boost sales, though.
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 25, 2002
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very pretty to look at. Burnt sugar permeates. Nice bitter finish. Doesnít taste particularly like a holiday brew, just an average strong ale. It loses points for a harsh metallic edge.
Nastrass (58) - Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice amber color. Small white head with a little lacing. Not the usual spicyness that I enjoy. Not bad overall.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not bad, better than I expected. It was not too thin, maybe a 3.5 in mouthfeel if there was such a thing, not quite a 4. It had a different taste that I canít quite put my finger on, but it is not displeasing.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Darker red, little head, some lacing. Treacly sweet malts, on the verge of cloying. Sweet "Ocean Spray" flavor. Hops for balance? NOPE. hmmmm, the funky middle of the tongue weird taste of Breckenridge returns...what IS that? Very long fruity aftertaste - make it go away, please.
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2002
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly bland. Dark color, semi-sweet flavor but overall too boring.
Andrew196 (1091) - Katy, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice....a winner from a somewhat average brewery. Nice chocolate/caramel malt flavor. Hints of hops and woodiness as well. Nice, smooth mouthfeel as well....yum!
Ernest (5896) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 4, 2002
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2011 2011 bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing. Body is light to medium brown. Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), lightly hoppy (apricot), with a note of metal. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic. Watery, metallic, dull. Drain pour.
brewbandit (312) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light hop & malt aroma emanates from a light frothy head. The beer is a clear amber brown. Light maltiness in the front and middle with hop bitterness towards the end. A bit dry and light body for what one would expect from a holiday ale. But still a nice quaffable ale.
belgianhomebrew (646) - Acworth, Georgia, USA - AUG 2, 2002
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
SLight malt aroma. Body is a little light for typical christmas ale. Finishes with a slight hop bite and a little to the dry side. Quite drinkable otherwise.