coolfunnj (289) - Margate City, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
aroma of ginger and spice with caramel maltiness..slightly cloudy brown with a tinge of red creamy off white head plenty of lacing..tastes of gingerbread pumpkin cinnamon and whipped cream with a generic hop bitterness in the background..a bit light but oily//creamy mouthfeel..nice xmas ale overall best had with dinner/dessert this is the 2012 version however at 7.3 abvl
Cable (286) - SE, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from bottle. Pours clear brown with a rocky, creamy tan head. Good looking beer. Aroma is very bready with a subtle spice and sweetness. Flavor is highlighted with rich malts (caramel, bread), hints of fresh fruits and a blend of spices. Medium-bodied and sooooo easy to drink. So long as you are not expecting some over-the-top winter warmer, I bet you’ll enjoy it!
AxlLives (281) - Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 bottle - pours dark brown with crimson highlights. Huge tan head, lasting, with Victorian lacing. Malty aromas predominate with nuts, spice, raisins, plums, and dates mixed in. Medium bodied, creamy smooth palate that finishes with a touch of smoky bitterness. Would be a nice beer with smoked duck and sautéed mushrooms. Solid warmer.
waltersrj (280) - Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
The pour is dark brown with a small off white head. The nose is nutmeg, brown sugar, Christmas spices, and candy. The taste is nutty, candy, and brown sugar as well. A good Christmas take on a classic brown ale.
mastabass666 (277) - California, USA - APR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a nice deep amber with a fading off-white head. Aroma-spicy malt, fresh bread, some hops in the back. Taste- sweet grains, whole wheat bread, honey, subtle warm spicy/herbal tones, slightly hoppy finish. Medium body yet not heavy, sweet and smooth on the palate, very tasty. Like a low ABV barley wine. V. 2009 $5.99 @ City Beer
Marthinus (276) - DENMARK - DEC 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice head with with good duration. Color is dark yellow. Aroma and taste are roast malt, nuts, caramel and hops
THE BEER BARON (275) - Wisconsin, USA - NOV 29, 2001
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of my favorite Goose Island beers. Nice hoppy aroma, with a well balanced taste. And I love the dark ruby color.
antisnobJP (275) - St. Michael, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cola brown color with a tinge of red held in the light. Decent off-white head with persistent lacing. Moderate carbonation. Has that dark fruity malt aroma that lets you know it will start sweet. Also has a little buttered toast to it. Hop aroma is present but subdued(as it should be for the style). Tastes as advertised with a little chocolate and a fairly long, bitter finish. Fairly rich mouthfeel. Decent winter ale, can only find as part of the sampler pack up here so I won’t be revisiting too often.
steve23mj (273) - Essexville, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours red/amber-mahogony with slight tan head. Nose is hoppier than expected, mildly spicyand of toasted maltyness. Flavor is bitter, yet sweet. The malt tones come through in smooth creaminess. There is a nice balanced finish. This beer would be nice with Christmas dinner.
bdjames29 (273) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Interesting beer - an "old ale" - my first of this variety. Very tasty. Not overly spiced as advertised, in my opinion a good thing. A smooth brew with a hoppy characteristic. Very appropriate for the season. A rebuy.