tfratzke (56) - 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.
ARH (558) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Clove notes accompany a toasty aroma initially which turns to fresh baked gingerbread rather quickly. Cookie and a biscuity cracker aroma poke through late and overtake the previous notes. It’s a deep, dark, and opaque cola brown color with an oily look (noticeable on the edges) and topped by a foamy soap, beige, moderate sized head. Snow drift lace is left on the glass with a thick, sudsy and uneven retention on the surface. The taste is a medium bitter and medium / medium light sweet. The beer is sticky with an abundant, soft fizz cqrbonation and a medium full maltbl body. Notes of chocolate and cola hit the palate initially, followed by a roasty, biscuit-cracker and hints of caramel and nuts sneaking in late. There’s a bit of resin at the finish, but mostly a burnt, sugary, and syrupy flavor. Some malty, syrupy, burnt sugar notes linger with a strong roasty flavor in the aftertaste, but it mellows quickly and cleans up nicely.
Ferris (4979) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Vintage 2013 - Dark fruit, cardamom and other light spice. Deep maroon with a decent beige head. Dark chocolate, light Christmas spice and a light boozy finish. Very rich and nice for the cold weather.
jgb9348 (4843) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep hazy and pungent deep dark amber coloured body with a very defined two centimetre tall tan head - very nice looking and showing some ruby tints when held up to a light. Aroma of alcohol, pit fruits, toffee, earth, scotch, vanilla and tons of spices - cloves, anise, allspice and even some spruce noticeable. Full-bodied; Very spicey flavour at first that hits hard and very nice - deep and pungent throughout with a lot of caramelised sugars, some notes of pit fruits and a scotch and alcohol flavour noticeable throughout. Aftertaste shows earth, spruce, pine, vanilla and some cognac, all balanced well with some sugars and depth - the complexity is nice as well. Overall, a very nicely spiced beer with a good depth and even better complexity - great to sample and while not the best in this category, one to try if you can find it! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 20-November-2014 for US$2,49 sampled at home in Washington on 14-December-2014.
voyageurmike (63) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Served in sampler. Very dark brown with nice clove aroma. Sweet spicy start leading to a bitter short finish. Good choice for a holiday brew.
blklab2007 (2009) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured a dark brown in color with ruby highlights when held to the light and a quickly fading coating of dark tan head. Aroma has Christmas spices, chocolate, cinnamon, and some dark fruit. Mouth feel is medium and the carbonation is on the lower side. Flavor has some malt to carry it, cinnamon, chocolate, nutmeg, dark fruit touches, and a bit of heat.
keepersj12 (2758) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very nice for Christmas. Has all the spice and warmth you need to curl up by a fire with your favorite girl.
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thornecb (4530) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep brown into a snifter. White head quickly recedes to skim pool surface. Chocolate and nutmeg aromas. Thin with vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg upfront turning to mild coffee and toffee in the spiced finish.
justkoehn (13) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I'm Dark ale with little lacing. Spicy aroma. Smooth finish. Really good winter beer, different than most
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SG111 (184) - - DEC 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours black with a small tan head and lacing. Aroma is really rich cinnamon, some chocolate, roasted malts, little bit of nutmeg. Flavor is chocolate and cinnamon up front, some nutmeg in the middle and a little bit of spice in the back of the throat as it finishes. Slightly bitter finish as well. Basically a stout with Christmas spices. Nice pleasant mouthfeel, but could be a little more substantial.
fraternie (843) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A quintessential Christmas Ale, with flavors of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and undertones of black licorice. Rich, malty caramel lies beneath and the heat is covered well by its depth. Festive as balls.