chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can see how some people find this ginger and cinnamon flavor interesting. I can drink one if in the right mood, yet I quickly found this tiring/too sweet.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - JAN 2, 2007
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours sparkling clear and amber with a white head. Aroma is Moderatly malty;hay, and moderatly hoppy; grapefruit. Flavor is initally lightly sweet and moderatly bitter ant stayed that way through the finish some spice. Light to medium bodied oily and livley.
pootzboy (1690) - Hopville, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 31, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a clear copper ale in the glass with a 2 finger sticky rockey cap. Well carbonated.
Aromas of spices, nutty malts and NW hops
Passable malt presence, prickly mouth feel, medium bodied with a spicey-hoppy dry character.
The frontside dumps some nut-like malts on the tongue only to have them quickly snached away into an astringent earthy taste by the spices ( ginger, nutmeg cinnamon) and the spicey NW hops...palate is clean crisp, astringent some fruit phenols from the ale yeast...finishes dry and slightly bitter from all the sharp spice and hop tones and just at the last second, some bready Christmas pudding sweetness appears.
A nice warmer for cold weather...I could learn to like this one..not over spiced but certainly the spice and hops rides above the malts in this one.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2006
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 15, 2007 2006 bottle - Pours dark amber with an effervescent body and a fully receding tan head. Aroma of spice: heather, cinnamon, and clove with notes of toffee. Taste is nicely spiced, with notes of cinnamon, gingerbread, toffee, and caramel. Mouthfeel is full bodied with soft, pleasant carbonation. Very well done, quite enjoyable.
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2007 bottle - Pours reddish brown with a fully receding tan head. Aroam of cinnamon, ginger, citrus, and toffee. Mouthfeel is full bodied, lightly sticky with moderate carbonation. Very nice once again, will surely buy some more and rerate before this is gone.
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TURDFERGUSON (4045) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from OhioDad. Thanks Scott. Saved this one for early Christmas morning. Pour is very festive-a deep, translucent, amber with a small head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of wet cardboard, ginger, cinnamon, light malts and slight hops. Flavor is similar to nose and the body is rather light for 7.5%. Pretty nice balance of flavors with a slightly sweet (honey), slightly spicey/hoppy palate. Happy Birthday, Jesus!
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Amber colored pour with a white head. Aroma of spices, cinnamon, some fruits, some hops in there. Flavor, some sweet malts, some cinnamon, fruity hops, smooth and refreshing. A trace of warming. Pretty good, and it’s nice to see every year.
Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a red-amber body with great clarity, topped by a medium thick head with some lacing. It’s slightly sweet and malty with a nice cinamon and sweet honey note. A very slight hop note pops in from behind. Not as flavorful and spicy as expected, but, less is often more. Medium bodied, smooth and a touch warming.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
It seems like a great year for Christmas beers, I like Great Lakes BC beers quite a bit, so this seemed a natural to try.
The beer pours a copper red color. A pretty good head, with fairly week staying power. This beer leaves rather little lacing.
Aroma is slightly sweet and vaguely of cider and cinammon.
Taste is almost cidery...vaguely apple with cinammon notes. This is fairly well balanced with a maltiness that keeps this tasting like beer rather than cider. Not a lot of hop character to this. I can definitely imagine drinking it hot (I’m not).
Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky, the way that a cider would be. In terms of drinkability, I think I’d pass if offered another of these at the moment.
This is not one of my preferred Christmas beers.
b33r (852) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2006
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 16, 2007 Amber/brown in color with small light head. Very flavorful but not overwhelming.
Rerate 11/07, on tap at GLBC. Very fresh, strong spices, cinnamon and ginger. Good with very sweet, strong flavor.
sersdf (1020) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
can’t really smell anything. um, red. smells fresh/mintish. tastes like ginger ale. real refreshing, pretty spicy. great.