KajII (763) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear mahogany brown with an average (1-2 finger) beige creamy head that receded slowly, down to a thin scattered film and large collar with fair spotty lacing.
The aroma was of a strong pine hop, toasted grain malts and an earthy yeast with notes of toffee, allspice, dark fruit (plums), a mild nuttiness and a slight alcohol tinge.
The taste was lightly sweet and malty with a mild fruitiness and a slight toffee sweetness early on, and then became exceptionally bitter with a bold hop presence and a moderate spicy alcohol finish. The flavor lasted a good long while following the swallow, with a bitter hop taste along with a spicy alcohol warming left behind to linger a tad longer.
Mouthfeel was a step of two below medium in body and had a dry texture with a medium carbonation.
Overall this was a decent enough brew with a nice bold hoppiness not normally found in a Winter Warmer, although it does work rather well with this style...
MadIndian (2290) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle gift from SJ. Goose Island is becoming one of my top 10 breweries. Nice blend of roast, spice, fruit and caramel. Finish was mild hoop and some medium spice. It was good for this time of year.
Ed5388 (1621) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (2012 vintage) shared by Phil at Crossroad Spirits. Thanks Phil. Pours a nice amber/brown color with a finger of frothy tan head. Aroma of rich caramel, light spices, and lots of malt. Taste is also very malty, sweet chewy caramel, and light spices. Good stuff
jbuskirk (275) - Holdrege, Nebraska, USA - JAN 4, 2014
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
There arenít many winter beers that can match the appeal of Christmas ale. The rich dark brown color is beautiful. The aroma is fruity, spicy, and just a bit boozy. That taste? Itís got lots of toasted malt, sugar, dark fruit, and spice. A brilliant medley of flavor for a fireside nightcap.
elbernays (300) - IRELAND - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ruby red. Nuts and sweet caramel. Spice in there. Flavour is big Nutty sweetness with cinnamon on finish. Itís too sweet for my taste. Low carbonation which takes away from it and it has a lot of water in it.
ken1 (768) - DENMARK - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted 2011 version in december 2012. A nice floral aroma. Flavor is floral bitter with a well rounded aftertaste. Color is red amber with a white head.
wmubronco1992 (583) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle (2011 vintage, 11/11/11 #1240). Pours a murky brown. Lots of particles floating around in there. Tan head with brown specs that look like dashes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Aroma is dark fruit. Flavor is combination of nuts, some dark fruit, and just a bit of roast. Texture is very creamy. Rarely does something exceed my expectations like this did. Definitely one the most satisfying beers Iíve had in a while. Almost drank it for Christmas 2012, but put it back in cellar to develop like the label said. Very very nice.
culchiem (2224) - Berlin, GERMANY - DEC 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Nutty brown with a thin tan head. Aroma is light malt. Flavor is malt, nut, all a bit watery.
kwoeltje (2207) - Manchester, Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
(bottle - 2012) dark with malt aroma. Flavor is malt, some spice, alcohol, some hops.
kachell123 (3) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 13, 2013 does not count
2.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
The spice is far too overpowering. The smell is fantastic, and if it had about 1/2 the spice i would really enjoy this brew. Unfortunately, as is itís like pumpkin pie with too much clove.
gnoff (7330) - MŲlndal, SWEDEN - DEC 12, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled at Monkís Cafť Sveavšgen, on December 9, 2013.
Marked 2011, bottled 11/11/11.
Cloudy brown color, tan head. Sweet, malty, Madeira scent. Sweet, malty, bitter taste. Medium mouthfeel, medium bitterness.