stantheman (816) - British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: DEC 20, 2013 Large bottle. Very dark amber, with a bit of off-white head. Pleasantly herbal, with a balance that is reminiscent of chocolate, without actually having cocoa in the mix. A pleasant winter ale.
reebtogi (4967) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle pours a pale amber color with a finger and a half of white head that settles down to leaves some spotted lacing on the glass. Aroma is caramel with some cinnamon and nutmeg with some grass and light citrus. Taste is caramel malt sweetness with the cinnamon and nutmeg and possibly some ginger with a mild grassy and citrusy hoppy finish. The spices overpower this beer a bit much and resulted in a lower rating for an otherwise decent brew.
mcberko (10077) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 21, 2012
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sample from bottle, pours a clear orange amber with a small white head. Aroma of Xmas spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), turnip and toasted bread. Flavour of metallic notes, watery bread, and light Xmas spices. Very weak and watery. Not good.
Oakes (13660) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 11, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber and bright. The aroma is gingers and mildly spicy. Thin, messy with bland amber and a bunch of incoherent spices. Boring.
DeanF (1935) - Northwest Territories, CANADA - DEC 27, 2011
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This tastes exactly like it would taste if an ale had cinnamon and some other spices thrown into it. There is just no jiving together of this stuff, it’s way out of balance. Certainly a poor attempt at a Christmas ale, but then again, we did manage to finish the bottle!
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 25, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bomber. Dark amber, moderate head. Aroma is certainly bland, of stale cardboard malts and supermarket gingerbread. The spices are not expressed well, and are barely there at all. A thin stream of generic cakey malts and light, low-grade brown sugar are the only things I taste here. Dreadfully boring.
gramity (1581) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Thanks DougTicket for the bottle. Poured a dark amber with minimal white head. The aroma was very weak to me and I had a hard time picking out much. There was a touch of gingery spice. The taste was full of spices with a solid malt base. I get a good dose of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. I found the spice a little overpowering by the end of the bottle. Mouthfeel was smooth and quite highly carbonated. Decent christmas beer but too heavy on the spices for my regular enjoyment.
Aubrey (3501) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK Xmas beer. Sweet, possibly too sweet. Spicy, but not overspiced. Malts are toasty, with sugary notes of honey, nuts and caramel. Hops are subdued, with very subtle hints of grass and flowers. Cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg are noticeable, but they’re not necessarily excessive, as mentioned. Alcohol level is low, especially for your typical Xmas beer. Overall, it’s a pleasant and relatively easy-to-drink beer suited for the holidays.
KnutAlbert (6398) - Oslo, NORWAY - APR 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Spicy aroma. Sweet spicy flavour, too, similar to a pumpkin ale. Cinnamon, finger. Too much sugar and spice here.
joergen (23987) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - APR 9, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at Papsř.
Clear orange coloured with a medium sized off-white ehad.
Fruity aroma of caramel with notes of spices and cocoa powder.
Sweet and fruity flavour of caramel and spices with notes of hops.