fidelis83 (2097) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour with a thin, creamy off white head. Aroma is big on toast and warming cinnamon, with a little ginger and some other earthy spice notes. Flavor is toast, caramel, oily grain, sweet floral honey,dusty cinnamon and dried ginger. medium body, slick and somewhat syrupy entry, drier, more oily finish and medium, sharp carbonation. Good stuff overall, a bit on the simple side, but a pleasantly warming drink for cold weather.
joeyplush (648) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Cooper's hawk winery in Columbus. Very tasty, first Christmas beer for 2014. The beer was lightly spiced with some smooth dark malts. Hope that I can find this in bottles or cans back in philly this holiday season.
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Obfuscate (202) - Minneapolis, - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The honey helps to not overpower the ginger and cinnamon which are definitely present. Type of beer you maybe get a 6 pack a year around the holidays to share.
jflopsu (719) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber. Has a caramel and sweet malt aroma. Has a sweet malt, caramel, pine, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, and nutmeg flavors. A lingering taste of Christmas spices.
Nejhleader (1293) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a nice Amber color. A good spice taste with a hint of hops and cinamon, a nice brew.
miyauchi38 (513) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UrbanCaveman (131) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle of the 2014 edition, poured into the official GLBC Christmas Ale snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.
A: Pours eerily similar to the Eliot Ness lager this year, a clear, ruddy bronze-amber. The pale white head forms thin, and does not linger overlong ere becoming a rim of white. Bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass in a steady stream or three. The lacing is spotty, and quickly slides down the glass.
S: The smell is fantastic, opening with a tone of sweet malt that is quickly joined by a chorus of cinnamon, ginger, and a vaguely floral citrus undertone.
T: Ginger snap cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg open the flavors of this beer, which are then cut with a noticeable floral-citrus hop presence. Some of that bitterness lingers through the finish, which would otherwise be pure cinnamon sugar and ginger. Some clover honey hints swim through the background, adding enough sweetness to offset the hop presence.
M: Creamy and effervescent, this beer goes down smoothly.
O: The 2014 batch seems fairly on point, if a bit more to the citric-floral hoppy side than I recall previous years being. I’d have liked a sweeter, maltier beer, but this one is still tasty and enjoyable. There’s also always next year’s batch!
sturmthis (760) - Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Cooper color with almost no head. Cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Cinnamon and other spices for the taste. Nice Christmas Ale.
slowrunner77 (6336) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
"pretty close to hitting the head on the nail as far as spiced ales are concerned. good looking cloudy mahagony body with decent head and retention. aroma is nice...toasted malts, spices (cinammon, ginger, honey, ornage peel?). body starts off a little too carbonated but rounds out as the honey really stands out when it warms. lingering spiced dinish with some sweet malt and a touch of hops. well done. A very good winter warmer...and this one was a few months old. probably a 4 fresh!"
tectactoe (2881) - Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Orange-amber hybrid color with a slight red tint; exceptional clarity with a small, off-white head that muddles itself across the top. Full basket of toasted malts & holiday spices on the nose. Cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, ginger, allspice, fresh grain; though the spices are generic for the season, the balance between them is executed very well. Nice balance of sweet & spicy on the tongue. Spicy in terms of spice... not "heat", of course. Caramel, buttery toffee, baked & freshly toasted bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, warm nuttiness with a strong aftertaste of lightly caramelized brown sugar. This beer reminds me of pecan pie or Christmas sugar cookies. Along with SN Celebration, it’s one of my favorite holiday endeavors, & I look forward to it every single year like a damn kid on Christmas.