Darwenus (719) - Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
As sweet ales go, this is one of the better ones. This ale pours deep copper color, the head fades quickly. The aroma is ginger, spice, winter squash, malt, and a little citrus. The flavor adds honey and a little lemon on the close. I like this quite a lot.
bookman10 (806) - Osseo, Minnesota, USA - NOV 19, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark, reddish-brown, with minimal head. Aroma is bursting with spices, ginger, etc. Flavor also dominated by the spices. Not sure this is really my thing...
arn8897 (263) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark copper color with a white head. Fruity aromas and spice Flavors. Some cinnamon and sugar also medium sweetness and mouth feel. Very nice example of a Christmas ale.
Emeister84 (1799) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fruity aromas, spice, and malt. Clear red with a mostly fading off-white head. Pretty sweet, fruity, some spice, flavors are a little flat. Medium-full bodied, barely cloying.
jsporrer (299) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sample from a tap. Pours a deep brown in color with a tan ring. Some hints of spice in the aroma. Body is a little thin. Flavor is mostly spices which were a little harsh. Not really what I expected from a Christmas ale nor from Great Lakes. Didn’t really enjoy this one.
gmillerstl (18) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very good, a lot of spice and honey. Good mouthful, ginger finish. Overall very pleasing.
hayduke (4281) - Eureka, California, USA - NOV 8, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at GABF. In the tasting glass amber with an off-white head. Nosd what I would call ginger. Medium body. Flavor is spicy with ginger and cinnamon. Classic Christmas beer and quite tasty.
Jared_Clifton (96) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber with white head. Medium body. Tons of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, honey, and malts. Best christmas ale that I look forward to every year.
r464 (2168) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber colored with a whitish head. Spice, malt, and a little tartness. Cinnamon, clove, some doughiness. Medium bodied and a little sweet.
burtallen (4) - Michigan, USA - APR 18, 2015 does not count
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
This is the best Christmas ale ever. The 7.5 abv will sneak up on you. The spice notes are superior.