bhensonb (13510) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by Irishboy. Pours darkly ruddy with little or no head. Aroma is spicy - but perhaps more towards pumpkin pie than Xmas. Med + body. Flavor is so pie spice. It works, but itís a rather different Xmas ale. Judged without regard to season, itís a nice spiced ale.
Ratman197 (12550) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, cinnamon, cardamon, clove and molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, toffee, cinnamon, clove and cardamon with a smooth lingering spiced finish.
BeerandBlues2 (11659) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught at Bristol. Pours a clear tawny with a spare fizzy off-white head, diminishing, with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, toast), heavy hops (herbs, spruce), light yeast (sweat, fresh leather) with notes of alcohol, clove, brown sugar, allspice and corriander. Long duration, moderate sweetness, bitterness and acidity, well balanced, mineral notes, fresh taste with raw hops and spices, creamy malt and caramel roasted nuts, toasty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and bitter finish.
adnielsen (10360) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a bottle at the Parade of Darks in Denver, Colorado. Dark pale orange appearance thatís mildly clear. Head is very spicy and similar to Anchor Christmas with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and especially ginger. Big ginger flavor with the other aforementioned spices with medium malty body. Spicy finish and aftertaste. Pretty good Christmas beer.
arminjewell (9207) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish red with white head, aroma brought notes of ginger, cinnamon, slight cardamom, nice caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruits in there, slight molasses. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, lots of spice with cinnamon, ginger, clove, some hints of cardamom, more spice notes that muddle a bit, finishing fairly spicy, bitter, slightly dry. Eh, much too over spiced but it is fairly easy to drink.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle thanks to ratman. Pours with a clear deep bronze hued body with a tan head. Aromas are of gingerbread, nutty cookie, biscuity malt, eugenol, cinnamon and a lot of spice. Flavors are lightly metallic, thin, bitter, spicy tannin, gingerbread, spice, clove and nutmeg. Very thin bodied and spicy, lively bubbles.
Ernest (7118) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), with strong notes of clove, clove, clove, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, etc.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This is the definition of "spice bomb" (esp. cloves). While the spice odors are certainly not offensive, itís about as over-the-top and unbalanced as it gets...itís almost hard to tell thereís beer underneath it all. Do you like chewing a mouthful of cloves? Me neither.
onceblind (6620) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep mahogany with a clear reddish tint, non-lasting light beige head. Nice winter-y aroma of cinnamon and clove with some nutmeg with a nice sweet plum/raisin maltiness. Flavor was a little light but the taste was at least well thought out. Nice tones of cinnamon and ginger play on a earthy sweet, slightly fruity palate, with some nutmeg toward the finish with a somewhat earthy peat tone. Kinda tastes like a spiced Scotch Ale.
Sledutah (6543) - Utah, USA - MAR 27, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle picked up at Supermarket liquors
Pours clear dark mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Taste is sweet malts, cinnamon, ginger and herbal bitterness
A good Christmas ale, lots of aroma but the taste is kind of muttled together.
notalush (5625) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 14, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber - pours a clear amber - nose is full of cardamom, cinnamon, ginger/gingerbread - medium bodied, full carbonation - fairly dry and Biscuity, which is a relief, since the label says it is made with molasses - cardamom is showcased well up front - the tail end is spicy ginger and cinnamon - fairly crisp maltiness throughout - a solid Christmas brew.