scotchzombie (326) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear copper with a fast disappearing off-white head. Moderate lacing. Aroma is honey, cinnamon, apples. Taste is bready malt funk and honey, cider and winter spices like cinnamon and ginger. Some bitter hops at the finish. Quite astringent. A cold toddy. Definitely seasonal, but not so much my cup of tea. Merry Christmas!
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koleminer20 (577) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle shared at a tasting on December 15. The pour is a crystal clear coppery gold with a pure white head, that fades down quickly, not leaving any lace. The aroma is dominant with cinnamon and there are some other spices that drown out. Perhaps some allspice, maybe some nutmeg. The flavor is typical of a pale ale, with the collection of spices. The mouth feel is a little thin, but not overly watery. It’s a great Christmas beer!
closey22 (868) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Amber with lasting thin offwhite head; aroma is malty sweet with notes of chocolate and maiden oil(yummy); Flava is chocolaty sweet with slight hop notes balanced with a hint of roasted malt; feels medium to light silky yet crisp with decent fizz; finishes slightly sweet and dry, well balanced beer
jeremyh70 (693) - Missouri, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 30, 2013 Crystal clear copper color with a medium off white head with decent lacing. Gingerbread cookie, cinnamon and malt aromas. Gingerbread first in taste with cinnamon and bready flavors filling mouth mid sip. Very mild piney bitter. Finishes mostly dry with lingering mild spices. Mouthfeel is somewhat slick with a medium body and medium high carbonation. Very good Christmas ale that doesn't overpower the palate with cinnamon and ginger. Really liked the malt presence and balance to this beer.
Beerathon (1144) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was told I need to seek out this beer because of how awesome it is. Well, I’m a bit disappointed. Don’t get me wrong, it’s alright and definitely tastes like a Christmas ale. I would have enjoyed a 5 oz pour far more than an entire pint. The spice becomes overwhelming with a bit of a cloying sweetness.
NikkTwist (1593) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Moriartys. Very dark clear caramel pour. Thin layer of off-white foam that completely disappeared. Succulent sweet malty notes balanced with some burnt bitter citrus and spice. Oranges and cloves. Cinnamon. Liquorice root. Maple planks. Sharp and spicy. Fairly dry finish.
paintedmaple (395) - Fenton, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Always an adventure trying out these Xmas brews, but Great Lakes has made a winner in this one...well balanced, complex, and just the right amount of winter spice makes this a very drinkable beer. Well done.
Busick (379) - South Carolina, USA - DEC 19, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very delicious seasonal. Not overly strong spices with a perfect blend of ginger and cinnamon! One of my favorite holiday ales!
dlbeer (774) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Orange/amber pour with white head. Smells of spices. Tastes of malt, slight hops and spices. On of the better holiday beers
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brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a delicious coppery brew with an off white head. There are faint smells of Christmas Spirit! Not too spicy not too cinnamony. Good medium body. Something Santa and his elves would definitely pound!