skoll (402) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque brown with a very thin off-brown head In a tulip glass. Aroma is clove, nutmeg, licorice, earthy, touches of cocoa, brown sugar, cinnamon; certainly smells like a winter warmer. Taste is spicy, cocoa, alcohol, hint campfire smoke, licorice, brown sugar; finish is subtle, bitter chocolate. This is excellent. Nice lacing. Very full-bodied. Medium-low carbonation. Nice beer I got a mixed six pack and only have one Iíll have to go back for more of this one.
matthewjk (800) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Perhaps the king of all Christmas / holiday ales I have tried--and I have tried a few! This thing is a robust, in-your-face, confection of a treat. Spiced porter? Doesnít matter, excellent! Iíve missed you Dark Horse.
b3shine (3474) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle to snifter. Looks good; a cloudy dark brown with thin light beige head that steadily dissipates into lacing. Smells of malt and spices with some sweetness and mild vegetal notes. Tastes like it smells, but a bit more robust, and with some cocoa too. Nice and smooth on the palate. Solid beer.
tfratzke (20) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of cloves and ginger and cola. Appearance is a murky brown with a small tan head. Tastes is lots of clove, gingerbread, nutmeg. Some bitterness in the finish. Nice offering for a Christmas ale.
Scipio (591) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma has powerful gingerbread and cinnamon, to go along with clove, nutmeg, and chocolate. The taste follows much of what the nose offers. Still potent gingerbread and cinnamon. The impressions are stronger than they were in the aroma, while chocolate and toffee notes are present underneath. Long aftertaste of gingerbread. Medium in body, while a medium, kind of chewy texture. More carbonation than I was expecting. This has a feeling of drinking a holiday cookie. This is one of your better offerings for the Christmas season.
ebone1988 (153) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma is certainly Christmas, ginger, brown sugar, nutmeg. Appearance is a cola brown, light tan head. Taste is intense, tastes like a gingerbread man. It is what it claims. Mouthfeel is nice, soft carbonation with a velvety taste. Overall, I expected this to finish below Great Lakes, but I am pleasantly surprised. Bravo, Dark Horse.
michcam8 (235) - Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12 oz. bottle. Pours a very dark amber color with a little tan head. As with other Dark Horse beers, there are lots of floaties in the glass. Lots of different aromas coming from this, licorice, sweet malt, dark fruits, soy, clove, cinnamon, and bread. Taste is sweet chocolate malt, spices, dark fruits, and bready. Dry finish, with a medium body. Overall, not bad, definitely a different kind of beer that fits in well with the season.
b33r (583) - Cleveland, Alabama, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2013 bottle, 8.75% abv. Dark black color with medium sized, tan head, that diminishes into a ring and leaves moderate lacing. Aroma is very floral and ad bit vinous. Aroma is full of great spices, cinnamon gingerbread, nice and yeasty with caramel malts, and a sweet, bitter finish. Very good overall.
joshwoodward (408) - - NOV 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2013 Had a glass as part of a sampler at Reverend in BG. Very nice. Spiced, well balanced and interesting. A little boozy.
bwa5879 (443) - Portage, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pitch black pour with inch of dense beige head. Lots of floral in the nose, lavender, cream, cloves, cinnamon and anise. Taste is fairly mild and indistinct, robust sugary malt and roastiness with cloves and mild piney hops. Creamy mouthfeel, average carbonation and a bit of heat on finish. Very nice darker beer thatís like a big malty porter.