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.
BlackHaddock (6085) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - JUN 3, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A bit out of season, but a 12oz bottle opened on 1st June 2016 while on holiday on Big Bear Lake, California. I thought this a very pleasant wintery brew and although I drank it in lovely warm sunshine it still ’hit the spot’. Brown bodies with red hue, the head an off-white colour. Subtle spice aroma and taste within the malty based brew, mild chocolate notes from the semi-sweet molasses and definitely a fireside beer more than a sunshine brew.
trapped (2116) - 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 (229) - 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 (914) - 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 (9647) - 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 (1240) - 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 (172) - 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 (1236) - 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 (66) - 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.