wmflynn (15) - Northumberland, ENGLAND - DEC 6, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a beautiful copper color with a small wispy head. Slight hops with a background of clove, cinnamon, brown sugar and slight pine. Great balance. 7.5% alcohol sits in the background. A nice Christmas beer.
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ChrisSc (184) - Lille, FRANCE - DEC 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle into tulip. Minneapolis.
Appearance: copper/amber in color. Transparent. Very little head.
Aroma: sweet with Christmas spices. Nutmeg and ginger.
Taste: sweet with a slightly bitter finish.
Palate: medium body. Thin texture.
Overall: a very nice base beer with holiday top notes. Not really interesting, but good quality.
hockeybeerguy (532) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Received in trade, it pours a semi-light brown and leaves the same colored body in the glass, for the most part, its very transparent indicating a good amount of visible carbonation rising with a one finger white foamy head that dies at a decent pace while the head up ends concavely to a nice speckled look of lacing gracing the sides of the glass; the aroma has a nice Christmas colored spice (ie, ginger, cinnamon, caramel; the taste is spicy and sweet at the same time, a slight warming comes in with an added sort of hoppiness to balance, its pretty easy on the palate, and overall, holy cow - from East Coast to West Coast, this quite possibly be Great Lakes’ best for style and just being a stellar beer, Of course I would have again. As far as palate goes, wow, feels great along the tongue and month. Overall, hey what a great Winter ale, good job.
rlpeeler (67) - Bowling Green, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap a very clear dark amber with modest head/ Looks really nice. Taste is winter spice cinnamon and light citrus clean and refreshing. A cut above most Christmas beers.
jmohno (994) - Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark orange copper. Thin head,some lace. Clear. Vegetabley aroma with old smelling spice. Clove like nutmeg, not really getting the cinnamon, more of a weird spice- B vitamins possibly. Taste is rich malt but a stronger clovey vegetabley taste to it. Weird odd spice flavor to it, may be my first disapointment with great lakes. Its ok with and odd flavor to it though like old hops but is probably just from the spice. Good body and malt backbone. Thumbs down to overall taste but does have a nice malt/carmel underneath the strong bad flavors.
AdamJackson (1992) - Lyme, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Burnt orange. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves
Taste is more of the same. It’s just like any other christmas ale but I like the spice combo.
jkwood04 (3219) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber with a small, off-white head. Aroma of spices, some caramel and toffee malts, a little dough, and a light bitterness. Flavor the same with a decent blend of the spices and sweet malts. Average texture. Not bad for a spiced, winter ale.
VAYankee (327) - Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Happy holidays to all - time to celebrate with a few new holiday brews.
Clear copper color with a white head. Aroma includes honey, ginger, a little cinnamon, and a bit of alcohol. Sweet, honey malt flavor with ginger and faint cinnamon. Finishes spicy and just a bit bitter. Palate is medium bodied, soft carbonation.
TOSG55 (217) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear light brown with medium head. Light, fairly non-description aroma with some sweet notes. The flavor has a lot of honey and grain notes, and a hint of spice (ginger, nutmeg). Subdued and pleasant, a nice holiday beer.
Howlader (386) - - NOV 28, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Glass served at Birch and Barley in Washington. Really great cinnamon type aroma, great taste. I understand the annual hype.