Scipio (774) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark red with a creamy beige head. Aroma contains caramel, nuts, maple, and some darker fruit, perhaps cherry. The taste loses much of the malt that I noticed in the nose. Instead, this contains lots of spices mixed with a yeasty flavor. Now the cherry comes out. The malty impressions are more undertones, and are most noticeable in the aftertaste. I think this is a bit to yeasty, but not overly so. Medium bodied, a chewy texture, with softer, fizzy carbonation. This beer seems more standard than anything. It really doesn’t feel all that festive or special for the holiday.
spokeydonkey (68) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown ale with a think white head leaving lacing down the glass.
Aroma and taste is dominated by dark fruit: plums, raisins, figs. Rich mouthfeel. A bit too cloyingly sweet for my tastes, however, and that sweetness keeps it from being really drinkable.
jeremyh70 (977) - Missouri, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark red pour, little head. Smells of plum, raisin funk, a little brown sugar. Carbonated mouth feel, a decent amount of bitter, nutmeg and a little funk. Not a lot of taste overall, could be better.
LearninBeer (447) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
2009 Christmas Ale. The aroma is malt, caramel, bread. Pours a clear golden brown with light brown head mostly diminishing and excellent lacing. The taste is bitter. The body is medium, the texture creamy, the carbonation average and the finish long. Very good
mateuszk (1389) - Poznań, POLAND - AUG 28, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2012 version. Aroma of sweet malt and spices - cinnamon and nutmeg, some clove also present. Fruity- cherry, fig and plums notes with caramel in the back. In taste malty, toasted and caramel malt mainly, later shows up dried fruits and spices in the finish. Medium body, thick texture though. Soft carbonation, low bitterness in the finish. Very nice malt and spices oriented brew.
ansalon (2213) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber with a low off-white head. Aromas of caramel, toffee, figs, dates and raisins. Taste is caramel, toffee, figs, roasted oak barrel notes, dates. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.
imdownthepub (12170) - Banbury, Oxfordshire, ENGLAND - NOV 27, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled, 355ml from Beers of Europe, Norfolk at 6.2% ABV. Brown with off white head. Sweet, malty beer with an underlying nuttiness along with sweet caramel and toffee. Sticky and quite cloying in nature, some fruitiness. Not a favourite but ok.
awest (15) - Greater London, ENGLAND - NOV 25, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355ml bottle, 2012 edition, sourced from Utobeer, London. Served in trappist glass. Pours a coffee bean colour with little to no head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, and a little alcohol. Taste of toffee, caramel, with lingering fruit cake. Very earthy beer. Decent christmas ale, but a little thin, needs to be a bit more meaty.
Steasy66 (1103) - Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2009 bomber, why? Pretty empty flavor, sweet with a hint of spice. Almost flat. ;
AndySnow (5969) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - NOV 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
How: Bottle, 2011 vintage.
Where: Monk’s American Bar, Stockholm.
Appearance: Amber colour with a beige head.
Aroma: Malt, caramel, fruit, citrus, hops.
Body: Medium body and carbonation.
Flavour: Malt, caramel, fruit, spices, hops.
slowrunner77 (8397) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
a little hoppy for an old ale, in a good way. a little unfocused in the aroma and flavor department. muddled. maybe cuz it was 14 months old, but some had a hard time telling the style. overall, a bit nutty, bitter. a decent old ale, but a little under expectations for GI."