mephisto (1270) - TAIWAN - DEC 9, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draft at Schmidt in Columbus Ohio. Deep amber hue with beige head, it has floral aroma of spice. Caramel flavor with hint of roasted barley
Shot (174) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours hazy brown with a beige head. Aromas are spices and citrus. Flavors are caramel malt and spice. Not much else going on here. Pretty ordinary.
DrSilverworm (6938) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2014
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
10oz on tap at the brewery. Clear red brown color. Thin ring of off-white head. Some dots and ropes of lace. Kind of spicy, a bit too spicy for me. Caramel malt. Kind of toasty. Medium body. Smooth, kind of crisp, lighter carbonation. Kind of slick. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, sort of a spicy rough edge to it. Not a great, balanced winter ale. Just caramel and spice, pretty much. 8.6%? Drinks like 7% or less, doesn’t seem to have that kind of body. Just a big, spicy roughness, over top of a mildly syrupy sweet malt base.
Chudwick (2207) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JUN 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
Based on the amount of head and the source, I think this 12oz bottle that I just poured into Le Listermann is old and rancid. Nose is faint potpourri. Sip adds nuttiness, metal, general maltiness, and more random holiday spices. Metal out the ass. I’ll let it warm and lose some head. Sweet and messy. If ever stuck between choosing this beer or winter cold, I choose winter cold. I am willing to bet this beer is simply old.
Fritz123 (1114) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Portage Lakes Beer. 12oz poured into a snifter. A deep reddish brown pour with a thick foamy head. Lots of lacing. Aroma was spicy with cloves, nutmeg, Christmas spices. The taste however was weird. I drank two of them and for some reason it tasted like teriyaki sauce. My folks thought the same thing. Medium body, finish was...well teriyaki sauce. (maybe I needed some wok chicken with it??) Didn’t really like this one...however the label was awesome!
Imaena (1881) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 28, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draught. Pretty boring winter warmer. There is nothing that really stood out about this beer.
dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nuts, smoke, minimal head, medium bitterness, medium body, soft carbonation, a light christmas ale
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours an amber with little head. Smells of nutmeg, cloves.. A spiced cider.
Tastes a little piney. Not in the hoppy way but in the Xmas way. Reminds me of southern tier 2xmas but just a little less good. Still tasty.
Evolutionary (298) - Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
6 pack from giant eagle. Sweet and spicy nose. Medium light body with a moderate carbonation. Nutmeg and maybe even pumpkin in there. Smooth finish with just a little bite to remind you that you're a man. One of the better Xmas beers.
---Rated via my mouth
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle. Dark red; medium smooth beige head; negligible lacing. Nondescriptly spicy nose; vegetable; pumpkin? Flavor bready malt with the same sweet spiciness and vegetable notes; medium bitter piney hop finish. Medium mouthfeel. Not a bad beer but I’d never buy this as a 6-pack.