JFGrind (1994) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottled 09.29.05, which is barely autumn on my calendar. Crimson color, chocolate malts and some spice in the flavor. It had the characterisitcs of an English Old Ale. I picked up a 6-pack @ Igliís Supermarket in Rockford, IL for $8.49. Iím cellaring at least one Christmas Ale to sample at a later date and to find out how it bottle conditions.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 5, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Kinda tastes like a nut brown ale with a bit of sherry and light holiday spicing. Nothing to write home about, so I wonít.
OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a light offwhite head. Aroma is of roasted malts, some molasses, some caramel, and some bourbon.. Flavor is roasty, nutty, very much like a heavy brown ale. Not as much spice as Iíd expect from a Christmas ale.. Chocolate overtones give way to a touch of cinnamon found at the end. Palate is smooth and creamy and medium bodied. Not bad for Christmas in August.. I liked it..
Gmku (300) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 28, 2005
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I think this is an incredible beer! Nice roasted malt thatís not too overwhelming, sort of sherry-like, moderately sweet with hints of caramel, sugar. Great for winter imbibing.
legion242 (2344) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A slightly above average holiday offering. Nice roasted malted that doesnít taste over burned like many American "Wassails".
Ernest (7286) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 Bottle (2009).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (dirty feet, cheese), lightly hoppy (flowers, grapefruit), with light notes of tea, cinnamon.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Very mild aroma, but mostly pleasant other than the yeast character. A bit too syrupy sweet in the mouth, but again...not bad. Lackluster overall.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
First Old Ale, to me more of a warm brown. More spices a la Great Lakes Xmas would have been nice, but very pleasant.
lemonlovr (190) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and some spices I canít quite figure out. Definitely a nice aroma and pleasing to the senses. Color is medium-brown and clear. I got a small frothy tan head with some lacing. The flavor is almost brown ale-like at first but finishes smooth with just the right amount of hop flavor.Leaves the mouth feeling a bit spicy but I guess thatís to be expected with a Christmas beer. The mouthfeel is good, the beer is well-proportioned and the medium body goes well with the amount of carbonation present. Good, although not the best "Christmas" beer Iíve ever had.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of chocolate, malt, hops, cinnamon and nutmeg. Deep copper, pours a large, frothy, tan head, leaves some nice lace. Flavour has roasted malts, then mixed spices, and finishes with some fine citrusy hops, christmas cake in a bottle! Really well balanced, medium bodied, spicey and pleasantly bitter. A lovely version of the style!
Thanks so much wohlfs.
radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep amber in colour. Aroma was of caramel malt, toasty, spicy with some dark bittersweet chocolate. The flavour had some chocolate, toasted malt, caramel/toffee sweetness. Somewhat chalky mouthfeel, medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet, fairly long.