Megan (101) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap. Orangy--red appearance. Light smelling. Orange, coriander, cinnamon and alspice flavors.
UNCCTF (512) - Cary, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Linda’s in Chapel Hill. Red coloring with a small off-white head. The mouthfeel was very full with a flavor full of orange, ginger, and cinnamon. A great brew for a cold day.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a transparent copper ruby with a stringy wispy-lacing white head. Sweet cinnamon potpourri nose has some honey, ginger and clove character with some light fruitiness. Body starts brown sugary sweet and well-spiced with some cherry notes towrad a drier, crisp finish. A nice winter warmer.
theacelatrain (262) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Clear orange-red color with foamy white head. Good aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, and orange, maybe some ginger or coriander. Spice flavors are well balanced, but thin mouthfeel makes it seem too sweet. tasty but more like a cookie than a warming winter ale.
DukeBrewDevil (732) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - JAN 11, 2008
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery. Smells heavenly of cloves, cinnamon, brown sugar. and everything wonderful. The first flavors to hit the tongue match the nose, but after a few sips its gets thinner and thinner. By the end it gets sour and watery, but still tastes lovely on the tongue. It seems like they decided to super flavor a beer that didn’t have the body to withstand the onslaught of spices that they had in mind. Nice effort for a superficial beer.
chandler0201 (649) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of sweet and spice some cinnamon, some nutmeg, very good spices of the season. Organish color at pour with little to no head. Flavor was less pronounced, more spices but kind of watery.
biznizness (1138) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
First rating in almost a year. I thought this was pretty good. Had it at JJ Wasabi’s in Mooresville. Waitress thought it was made by Carolina BEER (Carolina Blonde) and I was really surprised to get something this solid. Nothing out of the ordinary for a Xmas beer... nice amber color, not too dark though, some good spice and just solid overall.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at the brewpub. Clear orange color with a thin white head. Smelled and tasted of banana bread, vaniila, and nutmeg. A bit over-carbonated, but a very nice Holiday beer.
OldGrowth (2906) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pint at brewpub. Good aroma, sweet & spice. Cinnamon & nutmeg. Toffee/caramel. Clean coppery orange color. Little to no head or lace. Spiced flavor, like aroma spices rule the day. Medium body, creamy smooth mouthfeel, spiced sweet finish. Tasty,easy to drink but I dunno. Seems kind of a common attempt at a winter offering
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - FEB 24, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Name: Santa’s Secret
Appearance: clear copper, fine beige head,
Aroma: sweet caramel malt aroma with lots of ginger and cinamon aroma,
Flavor: rich sweet malt candy flavor, lots of ginger and cinamon, light bitterness comes out of the spices,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20