Darkmagus82 (1939) - - JUL 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a deep golden amber color with a one finger head of white. The head fades very fast leaving a trace level of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a caramel and malty smell mixed with lighter notes of a roasted malt and a moderate showing of some spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Some lighter smells of a toasted nut and a little bit of toffee are there as well producing the relatively standard “holiday brew” aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a thick and bready toasted malt taste with a rather strong showing of toffee and caramel. As the taste advances the spices that were detected in the nose starts coming to the tongue and with these tastes comes a slight buttering of the flavor with the caramel taking on a slightly more butterscotch flavor. All the while the roastedness gets enhanced a bit and a light nutty taste and a bit of a boozy flavor join the flavor profile as well. In the end the mix of flavors ends up leaving a nicely spiced warming flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. Both are nice for the toasted and sweet flavors of the brew all while really helping create a thicker and chewier base for the nice warming malty flavor.
Overall – A fairly nice Christmas brew overall with a good showing of spice, sweet malts and a nice warming touch. Not bad.
merc7186 (2442) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Allspice, Cinnamon, Mild Ginger
Appearance: Amber/Orangish Hue, Passes Some Light, White Head, Decent Lacing
Taste: Cinnamon, Allspice, Bready Malts, Mild Ginger (like a cinnamon laced gingerbread cookie)
Mouthfeel: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Spicy, Mildly Watery
blipp (6671) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber orange with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma with cinnamon and other spices. The flavor has sweet and toasted malts, light spices, and a light fruity sweetness. Decent.
Ron (2889) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I enjoyed one of these while watching the Cowboys dismantle the Saints Sat. night at the distillery. Nice dark brown pour. Aroma of Christmas spices of cinnamon,ginger and nutmeg. Malty body with flavors of cinnamon nutmeg and the like. Enjoyable
jeremyb (2) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 15, 2009 does not count
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
In years past it has been better. This is the first year it’s been available in bottles, and only as part of a mix pack. The color was a nice red that went well with Christmas, and it poured with a nice head out of the 12oz bottle. Carbonation was good, but it didn’t have the spice characteristic of previous years. It tasted more like a yeasty red, than the Christmas Ale I’ve come to expect. It’s still good, just not as good as years past.
tagz (337) - Alabama, USA - DEC 22, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
draft. pours orange amber with one finger off white head. sweet, and somewhat spicey (ginger) aroma. dry palate. tastes of brown sugar and stale malts. carbonation is fizzy. overall it was not unpleasant but the stale and sugary flavors made it less than crisp. kind of hung in the mouth. tastes like a lot of their brews, this time with some spice. meh.
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark red body, small head, spice and malts in the nose. Spicy, malty, forgettable.
emobassfoo (178) - Webster, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rated while drinking: Pours a very ruby red color with a small off-white head. Sweet malts and as others have mentioned, quite a bit of ginger stuffed in there. The gingerbread aroma carries over into the flavor ten-fold to make a very different type of "Christmas Beer". The palate seems a bit harsh at times, but drinking directly out of the growler probably doesn’t help that. Worth a shot.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 7, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft- super caramel, much like many of the cb brews, with some nice munich maltyness, and hints of spice. Drinkable.
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 16, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(growler) Dark ruby red color with a thick and puffy tan head. Aroma is light and malty with some hints of spices, cloves and gingerbread. The taste is loaded with flavors of gingerbread cookies with a sweet and slightly bitter finish. Very watery, however the ginger taste is very unique and delicious.