NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap @ Ferguson. Listed as Christmas Ale, 6%. Pours a clear, deep brown appearance with a brown head. Somewhat spicy, light sprucey, chocolate aroma. Dull carbonation. Candy sugar, chocolate, light brown sugar flavor.
jcnielsen (1644) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 10, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Listed as Christmas Ale at brewery. 4 oz sampler at Ferguson. Pours a black color with tan head. Chocolatey, roasty flavors. Very chocolatey.
gregwilsonstl (920) - Missouri, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very chocolately. Spicy. Tan, thick head. Solid lacing. Pretty delicious. Slight burn.
jandd1983 (2050) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It poured a dark brown color with an off-white head. The aroma was of spice, some fruit and hints of roasted malt. The taste was of spice and some fruit with a touch of chocolate. This was a very good Belgian Strong Ale.
dwaggs2 (1297) - Jefferson City, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at the brewery. Poured a deep amber color with a tiny white head that was gone as quick as the beer poured. Aroma was grains, caramel, and some mild alcohol. Flavor was a malty, sweeter candy, molasses, with some cooked syrup. Kind of oliy. Long finish. Heavy. Very good.
Bif (1257) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Brewhouse. Served a deep mahogany color with a decent off-white head and good lacing. Pleasant aroma of herbs and spice, with some fruit sweetness and a trace of roasted malt. Flavor of spice and a mild sweetness. A mixture of fruit and a bit of chocolate. just a bit of tart and a dry finish. Medium body, very smooth with no hint of the alcohol. Very well balanced. Very good holiday offering. Goes down way to easy. Tis the season to enjoy.
seymour (1307) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - DEC 28, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on tap at brewpub in a sampler glass. Poured a nice transparent dark reddish-brown color with average off-white head, short-lived with just a little Belgian lace. Very nice aroma of grains, fresh bread, fruitcake, mildly herbal/floral/citrusy hops plus fruit, ginger, pepper and clove presumably from the combination of grains of paradise and Belgian yeast phenols. Flavors of a complex grainbill, tart malt-sweetness, nice noble-seeming hops flavor, nuts and apricots, caramel and brown bread. A unique, interesting, and highly delicious Christmas ale. By far the best brew I had at Ferguson today.
Strykzone (4401) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pint at the brewpub a few hours after it was released. A murky brown hue and a very small lumpy and blotchy head. Sticky lacing follows the beer down. The nose was faint but had ginger bread, cloves, nutmeg, and some meat (?). The first thing I taste is grain and a lot of it. Perhaps something like chicory, too. After a few sips some clove began to peek through along with a hint of cocoa but that grain dominates. Dry earthiness emerges half way through the pint. Pepper is very light and is barely noticed. Alcohol is also masked. The finish is earth and grain.