beerandbeyond (622) - ISRAEL - JAN 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2012 version, 7.3% ABV.
12 oz bottle poured into a tumbler glass.
Hazy brownish-mahogany color with a small beige head.
Fruity (raisins, bitter oranges) and nutty nose, with caramel malt, some chocolate and spicy hops. Aromas of some spices as well (nutmeg, clove) with mellow roast.
Sweet flavor of mostly rich caramel malt, with warming alcohol, medium bitterness, fried fruits, some rum like notes and faint tartness.
med-full bodied, better when warmed up, chewy and a bit medicinal. OK.
The_Bish (1124) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mommy, mommy, mommy, look at your son, you might have loved me but now Iíve got a gun. I donít have a gun. I donít like guns. Imagine a world without them. It would be better. Much better. Go on, imagine it. Itís better isnít it. I can tell just by the thoughts in your mind that you agree. Who couldnít? But thatís not the point, itís you Iím talking about. I know that you think the world would be better without guns. Would it be better without this beer? No, not worse either. It would make no difference. Do you think it would be overly optimistic to regard our life as a uselessly disturbing episode in the blissful repose of nothingness? Well, do you?
chicowv (453) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, 2012 Version: Pours dark amber, light brown with a big, nice white head with perfect tiny bubbles and good CO2 release. Aroma of nice spruce and floral hops, slight caramel malts. Nice taste, bitter, some salt, finishes a bit astringent and slightly bitter. Bubbly, fizzy and slightly bitter on the finish. Flavors of good caramel malts, nice hop profile, well balanced. Nice Christmas Ale, great flavors but no apparent spice.
berrya785 (440) - Kansas, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 edition with a 7.3 ABV poured into a snifter. Pours dark brown with red highlights and two-fingers of fluffy off-white head. Aroma is caramel, bread, and brown sugar. Taste is bread, brown sugar, and molasses with a little bit of hoppy bitterness.
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from South Lyndale Liquors (Minneapolis, Minnesota, 22/1/13)
Aroma of spices, bread, and barnyard. Pours a very hazy reddish brown with a medium off-white head. Taste is slightly tart and slightly sweet. Medium bodied, thin texture, average carbonation, and a bitter and boozy finish. Pretty good. Didnít expect to like this one as much as I did.
EtTuCthulhu (897) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - JAN 20, 2013
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This beer pours a brownish auburn color with a yellowish brown yet minimal head that dissipates quickly, and the aroma is of a medium strength with subtle hints of fig, nutmeg, dough, and vanilla. The taste starts bitter, but that quickly fades into a sweet and hearty taste. Also, the beer sits on the palate nicely with its medium body, slick texture, flat carbonation, and long aftertaste.
jrgratz (113) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Top Hops. Pour is clear dark, amber, brown. Scent of candy apple, clove, cardamom, roasted malts. Taste is rich dark fruit, a bit sweet and spicy, but not overpowering. Decent dark ale. Nothing special.
Nilz (345) - Glasgow, SCOTLAND - JAN 19, 2013
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My bottle had a variant of the label shown & 7.3%. A dark cloudy ruby with a thin light head. Aroma spicy fruit. Taste some toffee, spicy apple and a fruit cake-like note. Fine enough but for me there were other 2012 Christmas ales that I preferred.
gsmitty80 (1741) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not really one for the Christmas beers but this was truly a great one. Awesome red color and aroma of alcohol and a tinge of sweet fruit. Nice touch of spice that kept you warm but wasnt called out. Mmmm.
TheArgoPirate (64) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle, 2012. Pours a reddish brown with tan head that reduces somewhat quickly. Lighter malty flavo with moderate hop balance. Taste is reminiscent of a bitter. Tasty beer, does not taste nearly as strong as the label indicates.
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