OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The December special at the brewpub - Pours dark brown with ruby highlights and a nice creamy tan head that stays pretty well and laces the sides of the glass. Aroma is big of nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, and a little vanilla. Flavor is caramel sweetness upfront but then the cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of vanilla find the tongue. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and creamy with good body. A pretty nice beer here..
Chudwick (2380) - 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.
Imaena (2004) - 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.
popery (1612) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Medium amber, transparent, smallish head. Aroma is ginger, vanilla, nutmeg, sugar cane and caramel. This seems kinda like a holiday spiced English strong ale. Pretty sweet with a little bit of bitterness in the finish. Sort of a funny aftertaste. Full mouthfeel. Decent holiday ale.
Darkover (1525) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown with a small tan head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor of nutmeg, spices and malt. Alcohol is well hidden. Ok, but too heavily spiced.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle from Luke, Smell is like getting antiqued with allspice, taste is like old natty light, perhaps its how my palate adjusted to the shock of so much spice.. then booze/heat in the finish from 10%
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - JAN 31, 2010
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Ugh. A very strong clove aroma and taste. Overwhelming and unpleasant.
Poured a murky brown with a small whitish head.
mephisto (1275) - 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
Fritz123 (1274) - 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!
thebaldwizard (1205) - Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2007
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On tap at Barleys in Granville. Barely any aroma to speak of. Dark brown body with a decent head. Flavor is malty, with definite alcohol and a bad caramel flavor. Very dissapointing.