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 itís 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. Itís 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 (Iím not).
Mouthfeel is a bit thick and sticky, the way that a cider would be. In terms of drinkability, I think Iíd pass if offered another of these at the moment.
This is not one of my preferred Christmas beers.
b33r (794) - 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 (1018) - chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
canít really smell anything. um, red. smells fresh/mintish. tastes like ginger ale. real refreshing, pretty spicy. great.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of Crizay.
The aroma holds a melange of spices, but cinnamon is the most noticeable and the defining spice, aroma wise. Definitely has a Christmasy smell to it.
The body is amber to light brown and holds a small wispy tan/white head.
Fore is spicy with again cinammon and other spice, ginger seems right. Has a smoothness to it in the mouthfeel I like, but is thin and a touch watery too. Itís liquid christmas treats and Iíd like to try it mulled to be honest. Fruit cake, cookies, fig pudding....all in a glass.
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear dark amber with a medium white head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Slightly spicy and sweet. Extremely well balanced, very very good beer.
ElGaucho (2339) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Enjoy by date: 2/9/07. Cinnamon and nutmeg aroma; instantly gets you into the holiday spirit. Crystal clear brownish amber. Steady, visible carbonation. Thin, but lasting, off-white head. Not much in the way of lace. Nice flavor. This is a brew that, despite being enjoyable, youíd probably only want at this time of year. It very definitely has the spice thing going on...cinnamon is the most pervasive. The ginger is there, but more muted due to the honey sweet cinnamon. At 7.5%, itís almost strong enough to be warming. The GL website doesnít say anything about changing the recipe from year to year. Frankly, I think thatís a good thing. If you make a good seasonal, stick with the recipe. If you want to introduce a new recipe make it a different brew. Thereís no law that says a brewer can only produce one holiday seasonal. Sam Adams has at least 3. Nice beer. Kudos to the folks at Great Lakes.
AlabastorJones (813) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ginger bread man in beer form, clear amber body with no head, spicey nose, mild hops in flavor, cinnamon and spices, a good desert beer for the holiday season, ho ho ho
Ibrew2or3 (7777) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Yet another tasty one courtesy of crizay, thanks again. This beer poured a gold to copper color with white head. The aroma has some sweet malts and cinnamon. The flavor seems complex. I taste a couple malt variations, a bright cinnamon note, some sweet citrus and lighter notes of honey and ginger.