beersak (91) - akron, USA - JAN 6, 2012
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Wonderful. And so proud of yet another Cleveland brewery for making such a wonderful northeastern Xmas ale. Spicey. Cinnamon. Sweet but smooth. So impressive.
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novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Delicious seasonal ale. The cinnamon, citrus zest, and hops shine in this holiday warmer. Loved the name, too.
mikedR (1274) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Christmas ale. Rich honey aroma and flavor. Heavily spiced, but doesn't detract and meshes well with the honey. Peppery finish.
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superspak (2693) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Christmas ale! All around good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Tmoney99 (10820) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spice sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced spice flavor with a medium to heavy sweet spice finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer that exceeded my expectations.
AdamJackson (2689) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lots of nutmeg in this bronze beer. Smells like cherry Pepsi. Caramel and lots of brown sugar. And cloves. Quite nice I could drink a growler of this but the heavy Coriander detracts.
Brigadier (3015) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at brewpub
Tis the season for Christmas ales and Fat Headís gets into the act with a solid version of a winter staple. This one is more like a dessert table then a winter warmer. Of the options on tap right now it is one of the best.
Aroma / Appearance - Deep rosy red bubbles warm up the table with a glow like candlelights. Off white fringes of head wrap the edges. Spiced pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and whipped cream blend well along with cherries and an alcoholic glaze. The warmth of a fire hides in the background.
Flavor / Palate - Thick and chewy like a half melted candy bar the mouthfeel is dense. Chocolate, cherries, and sift warm embers are smooth as they roll across the palate. Robust and filling this is the ideal seasonal. Cleveland might have a new best Christmas ale.
b33r (675) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2013 Dark brown translucent color with a ring of an off-white head and little lacing. Aroma is much better this time around- raisins and spice with a deep fruitiness. Flavor is all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg with some caramel notes. Pretty good overall and now cheaper than Great Lakes Christmas Ale so Iím glad there are alternatives to the overhyped, overpriced local staple.
11/8/2012: (5)(3)(7)(4)(1 brown color with minimal off-white head and light lacing. Aroma smells like a wet dog but I kinda like it. Flavor has intense deep fruits with a pinch of spices on the tip of the tongue and a light sweetness at the very end.
Brewston08 (2) - North Olmsted, Ohio, USA - NOV 14, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Gorgeous reddish copper, great blend of ginger, honey and cinnamon. Smooth light mouthfeel, easy to drink almost too easy. Cleveland produces yet another great Christmas ale!
jsquire (3502) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the brewpub. Amber color with a thin ivory colored head. Spiced nose like you would expect from a Christmas Ale with nutmey, ginger and cinnamon. Strong malty backbone with honey sweetness, ginger, cinnamon and pie crust notes. My mom used to make cinnamon and sugar swirls out of the left over pie crust dough, and this beer reminds me of that.