Shot (245) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is alcohol, muted tones of dark chocolate with a hint of cinnamon. No hop characteristics at all. It pours a dark copper with a pale white head that clings to the glass and slowly dissipates to a thin, creamy layer. The taste is big. Dark chocolate, molasses, and coffee with a whisper of cinnamon and perhaps ginger. It finishes with bitter chocolate, anise, and orange peel. Big, chewy beer with a creamy mouthfeel and complex flavors. Very malty. Overall, a good Christmas ale with an appropriate alcohol level to make it a nice winter warmer. But maybe just a little too muscular. The bitter coffee and chocolate flavors seem to overpower the subtleness of the holiday spices.
climberbob (266) - Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber Xmas beer. Light for the style but easy drinking. A touch of sweetness and malt and that is about it.
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tykechandler (343) - Kentucky, USA - FEB 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
это пиво очень вкусно. я бы, конечно, рекомен& его всем. пожалуй& обратит& его. очень хорошо!
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Deep amber pour. The aroma is soft and malty with a bright pine character cutting through it. Has a little bit of pepper and some nice spiciness throughout. Moderately sweet but well balanced. Has a little bit of lingering bitterness. Nice, Christmassy tasting brew.
BOSSbrewer (2685) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 19, 2015
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle at home. Pours brown with three fingers of off white head. Aroma was slight caramel and malt, but a good dose of electrical tape also. Smelled very off. This came through in the flavor also. Tasted like bad home-brew. Very disappointing. This was my only bottle and so I canít tell if it is just the beer, or if I got a bad bottle. Either way, it wasnít good.
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a average off-white head. Aroma of caramel, toffee and spices. Flavor had a slight bitterness with dark caramel, chocolate, nutmeg, light fruit and some winter spices.
Eberndt (231) - - JAN 11, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A refreshing holiday ale in that itís not overly spiced. Pours copper with nice lacing. Quite malty for the style and a little more bitter than expected, but very good overall!
arn8897 (139) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - JAN 8, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slight hazy copper color. Aromas of malt and caramel with a little bit of dark fruit and a little toffee. A slight coffee flavor in the finish. Other flavors are same as aromas. Nice lacing in the glass. Overall nice easy drinking beer.
EKGoldings (616) - Radford, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Iíve had this several times both when released and after extended cool aging. Decidedly on the malty side of the fence, and doesnít taste like they are adding spices the way some other Christmas ales are made (which I hate, fwiw). Not quite in the Scotch ale category but close (not fruity enough). Perfectly clear, dark amber, great head, aroma is caramel, malt, some alcohol. Taste is balanced, toffee, caramel, sweet malt, with a tiny bit of chocolate malt coming through in the finish. This beer ages well, I bought a flat at the end of January 1 and 2 years ago and have a few left of each and they still drink well. This beer is better cool not cold.
sturmthis (875) - Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample. Copper color with off white head. Spice and grass aroma. Grassy and almost lemon zest taste. Not bad
haddon90 (1561) - Costa Mesa, California, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear, dark copper color with a thin laced head. Hoppy aroma with some spice in the background. Light flavor. Some hops and malt mixed in but that is about it.