mensch (289) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2010
3 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I love holiday beers, but not this one. I can detect no aroma. Understated and simple malty flavors, a little toasted carmel and smoke. Plain and clean, no flaws, just not special. Well disguised 7.4%. Disappointing.
trapped (1951) - New York, TURKEY - MAR 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Albion. Reddish brown with small foamy beige head, very faint caramel aroma, medium carbonation, sweetish caramel malt taste, faintly spicy, medium spicy finish. Not bad, not great either.
Rperez (210) - Florida, USA - FEB 17, 2016
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I live in florida so winters are always mild, but this beer packs a punch, strong buzz
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J_man (880) - Tustin, California, USA - FEB 4, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice malty winter warmer aroma with baking spice notes. Beautiful crystal clear copper/bronze color with a thin but persistent eggshell head. Roasted and toasty brown malt flavors with a nice alcohol bite even though it’s not a strong ale. Some dark caramel and brown sugar notes. The body is a bit thin. There’s a bit of earthy bitterness in the back and compliments the sweetness. Overall a very nice Christmas ale which I should give another try next year before Christmas rather than 2 months after it.
slowrunner77 (8988) - Reno, Nevada, USA - JAN 10, 2016
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This strong amber tries to be hoppy and malty at the same time and just ends up being abrasive. Bitter and a touch chocolatey sweet, a little alcoholic.
JSigsbach (11) - Chicago, USA - JAN 9, 2016
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not coming back for this one. Only thing that makes this a Christmas offering is the label.
Appearance: Brown bottle; Direct pour Sam Adams tulip. Amber with orange/ pumpkin tones reminiscent of fall offerings.
Aroma: Very hoppy, very citrusy.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied but a little fizzy
Aftertaste: Citrusy, slightly hot/boozy with bitter finish; NO "caramel" or "chocolate" tones as advertised and not sure if this is label mind trick
Overall: Well made but nothing at all special as a holiday offering and a little disapointing from a fine brewery. Only thing remeniscent of a "good fire" is the hot imbalance.
Derek881 (1228) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 7, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass to drink. The beer had a clear amber-caramel color with a modest foamy white head that had shorter retention and slighter cling and lacing. Its aroma featured a malty blend of caramel and chocolate, along with some fig notes and spices. The taste featured notes of caramel and dark fruits along with some sugars, molasses, and a touch of alcohol. The beer had an average-thickness with a somewhat drying effect, ample carbonation, and a touch of alcohol. A bit rough around the edges overall, and could use some refining.
CardsPackHawks (166) - South Elgin, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Got a 6 pack as a Christmas gift. Not a huge fan of darker beers, but this us not that bad. Brown in color, hints of chocolate, cherry and spice. A beer for the season, but not for me beyond that.
ttoadee (1155) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep copper, small tan head. Nose is dark fruit, with a hint of rum. Bittersweet. Middle is caramel, cherries, medium roasted malt. Finish is bittersweet, more alcohol peeking out. OK.
bvbunited (65) - Ohio, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a great Christmas ale. It has found a balance between additional spice and a more traditional ale. I would recommend it over many other Christmas ales.
robinvboyer (3876) - Sturgeon Falls, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 24, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ruby brown pour, small off white head. Aroma is very bready, very malty, soft caramels, subtle cherry, and dark fruit notes. Soft carb, soft mouthfeel. Soft grassy hops, more bready malts, reminds me alot of an english strong ale.