BBB63 (5750) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - APR 8, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Eric and served in a tulip" Pours basically brown with amber highlights topped by a mostly lasting fizzy head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of caramel, tobacco, walnuts, plums, ginger ale, faint flowery esters. The taste is moderately fruity and somewhat sweet malts but not as sweet as I feared it could be considering the name. The spices are there but not overpowering till the finish. The mouth feel is sort of meh,not sure if it just me but something seems weird on the palate. Overall it is okay but I honestly expected a more malt forward sipper.
DrSilverworm (5043) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle, 2013 vintage. Thanks to voodoofish65usf. Dark brown, red color. Hazy. Some yeast particles visible suspended in the body. Nice thin khaki head, with good retention. Leaves decent, but mostly loose short ropes of lace. Medium to bigger body. Very smooth, lighter carbonation, more dry finish. Lightly soft. Good plum flavor, some spice - cinnamon, ginger. A lot of complex spice things going on that are pretty well-integrated. Noticing the light chocolate, coffee notes. Light, but they are appreciated. Good moderate sweet taste, maybe a hint of tart. Nice light spiciness. Nice winter brown ale. Great complexity and bigger flavor, especially considering how light it is.
artmcd8 (1305) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep brownish purple color with an off white head. The aroma is of nutmeg and dark fruits. Taste is sweet and slightly tangy with a nutty taste at the finish. Medium body with a medium carb.
bytemesis (2600) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - thanks Sean! Pours deep dark brown, small tan head, dissipates quickly to a ring leaving nice lacing. Aroma is dark sugars, chocolate, earthy, spices, fruit cake. Taste is similar, medium sweet, some Christmas spices present on top of chocolate, dark sugars, fruitcake, cinnamon, pumpernickel. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel.
Sledutah (4117) - Utah, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
750ml (2011) bottle thanks to PaulUnwin
Pours clear dark brown with a big tan head and some lacing. Aroma of holiday spices, cinnamon, floral and chocolate. Taste is full of spices, toasted malts, floral, chocolate and bitter herbs in the finish, dry
suprchunk (1955) - Crestview, Florida, USA - DEC 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark, almost black, pour. Slight khaki head. Little lacing. Dark fruits and malt. Spice. Taste is a sweet spicy molasses mess. Not bad.
jcnielsen (1716) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in Vail. Thanks to adnielsen for sharing. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Sweet, roasty, plum, fruity, spice aromas and flavors.
NielsenRatings (8279) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle in Vail shared with jcnielsen. Thanks to Homer321 for bronusing. Pours a dark brown appearance with a thin dark brown head. Cinnamon, dark grape, fig, plum, spicy aroma. Not all that sweet flavor. Spices are also not overpowering in the flavor with some notes of vanilla, citrus, grapes, plums, cinnamon, and flowers. Ok.
ICEatALAMO (873) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The pour a dark brown. The aroma has dark fruit and spices. The taste is rather mild. A muted infusion of holiday spices. A solid christmas offering.
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novice101 (204) - - DEC 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a pleasant surprise for me, had it out of the bottle. It taste exactly how they describe it a brown ale base turned to a christmas ale with spices! I really enjoyed big malt and big spice (cinnamon and ginger are prevalent). Glad they made them into 6 packs