Shot (45) - Westerville, 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.
catface5326 (58) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber brown poured from a tap. Sweet aroma almost reminds me of gingerbread. Sweet taste as well with a little fruit.
Bif (1192) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber color with a decent head that fades to some lacing. Aroma of roasted malt, dark fruit and a hint of nuts. Taste follows with roasted malt, some dark fruit and a bit nutty. Mild bitterness and a clean finish. Fairly medium body, smooth, with the 7.4 ABV well hidden. Nothing fancy but not a bad way to start the holidays.
CJack (28) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour, clear amber with creamy white head, good lacing. Faint malty aroma (sweet, bready). Mild taste of sweet malts, slightly fruity (raisin or plum-like), faint floral hops with enough bitterness to balance malt back. Smooth mouthfeel, decent finish. A well constructed winter ale, a little too light on flavor and aroma for my liking.
---Rated whilst imbibing
b3shine (3506) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to snifter. Looks good; a fairly opaque dark amberish brown with off-white lacing. Smells malty with mild notes of chocolate. Tastes like it smells, only more robust, with notes of caramel too. Solid on the palate. Exceeded my expectations.
EtTuCthulhu (730) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - DEC 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The color of this beer is a clear auburn color with a medium white head, and the subtle aroma blends caramel malts and floral hops. The taste combines a slight bitterness, mild sourness, and a touch of umami, and the palate fuses a slick texture, light body, average carbonation, and a nutty finish.
Travlr (9827) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at Maxís. Cloudy brown color, medium tan head. Aroma of caramel. Taste is slightly boozy caramel, light pine. Plain.
jhp40219 (204) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a clear copper with a small white head that leaves a fair amount of lacing. Aroma of roasted malts, wheat bread, caramel, almonds, slight spice. Taste has a very good toasted bread base malt but not much else. Very small amount of nuts and spice, but barely noticeable. Dry finish of toasted malts. Medium bodied, thin texture, average carbonation. Not bad, but lacking the spicy kick I look for and associate with a Christmas ale.
UncleKorm (471) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap, poured a clear brown hue w/ medium creamy tan head and some lacing. Moderate malty aromas. Initial flavor is faint sweet w/ moderate bitter finish. Tastes are roasted malt, dark breads, and light spices. Medium bodied, light carbonation, and dry finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
fidelis83 (1728) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear dark copper to garnet pour with a thin, soapy, eggshell head. Aroma is toasty, nutty, caramel, light fruity tartness, a hint of cocoa and dessert bread spices. Flavor is sweet, dark caramel, nutty notes and dry chocolate up front, earthy dessert spices, a hint of dried citrus, and an odd lemon-wheat-like tartness. Medium body with a neutral to oily texture and light, blanketing carbonation. Pretty good overall, a bit on the plain and quick to finish side for a hearty, spicy winter seasonal Strong Ale
Fech (270) - Parsippany, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Dark pour almost zero head. Very flat somewhat hoppy ale with hints of spice. Not even near one of the best seasonal ales Iíve had.