mamabeer (39) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. A very nice example of a Christmas ale. Spicy nose was very present. Poured reddish brown with a small beige head. Flavor was a blend of spice and alcohol. I really recommend a nice wide mouth glass to take advantage of the aroma.
Zeswaft (1336) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
boy did i get drunk on these last night. not that great of a beer though. i hate spice beers. but this one isnt too overpowering
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to hopdog. Pours a translucent golden orange with a small off white lacing head. Aroma of honey, ginger, cinnamon, light alcohol and some other spices. Flavor of the same, kind of like the aroma a bit more.
hopdog (8447) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottles acquired in trades with OhioDad and I can’t remember who else (thanks!). The 1st bottle I opened I noticed was dated best before Jan ’04. This one was all cardboard. Good thing I had another one dated best before Jan. 20, 06. Poured a medium and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Aromas of honey, ginger, other spices, and citrus. Tastes of lighter honey and ginger with caramel.
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - DEC 20, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a medium amber color, clear for the most part, beige color head. Nice aroma, good balance between the sweeter malt and the spices, definitely some ginger and cinnamon. It all works together well, very complimentary, sweet and spicy. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation. Very good.
GregClow (2806) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottles shared with HogTownHarry, blankboy & tupalev - courtesy of HogTownHarry & blankboy. Bright amber with a moderate head. Nice aroma of candyish malt, dark honey, cinnamon & clove. Flavour holds a great balance of malt and spice, with hops & honey in the finish. Quite nice.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sparkling deep copper, fizzy off white head. Spicy nose of ginger, cinnamon, and dried citrus, with lighter notes of honeycomb and juniper. Gingery flavor mellows into cinnamon and citric honey tones. Some faint hints of cherry emerge at room temp. Nice spice, malt, hop balance throughout. Medium bodied and slick, light carbonation, spicy finish. Really wish Great Lakes was available in MD. My 3rd beer from them in the last few months, and without a doubt, another winner in my book....
blankboy (5735) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2 bottles shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry and me. Pours a clear orange/amber with an average size foamy white head. Nice lacing. Sweet and spicy aroma of malt, cinnamon, ginger and citrus hops. Flavour is mildly spicy (cinnamon & ginger) along with some malt, hops and honey -- quite nice! Medium bodied. I really enjoyed it.
MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 335ml. Thanks to jsquire!
Amber, and wow, what an aroma. Full of christma. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardemon, orange zest. And full of all the above in taste as well. The hops are not noticed until the bitter aftertaste. Well balanced. Could maybe have been a bit more full bodied and sweeter.
Gorbalev (2887) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles shared with HogTown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy - courtesy of Harry and blankboy. Orange pour, medium white head. Aroma has notes of bready malt, spice and citrus. I was a little shocked by the taste, as it is quite bitter with no hint of hops at all from the aroma. Medium foamy mouthfeel. Taste is also quite spicy, it seemed like Christmas, but not one spice stood out. This was a really nice one to sip, it seemed to grow in complexity as it warmed with more flavours revealing themselves. A very solid beer that started average but ended quite well.