Chucks66 (85) - Beachwood, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
On Draft at Bar Louie Lyndherst...maybe that was part of it.. Some hints of cinnamon, sweet. Nice malt flavor but not as spiced as I remember from years past, did not notice teh high alcohol taht was professed to me by the bartender
tamedturtle (10) - Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Letís just say this is one of my favorite times of the year for beers, sure summer brings the light and zesty flavors and fall the malty octoberfests and spiced pumpkin ales, but christmas beers is something to get excited over and i do believe this beer is excellent Definitely some ginger and nutmeg and not too heavy and great on the palate. purchased this bottle on 10/13 in ohio first day it was released to the distributors excellent first beer of the season and i also heard that this beer ages quite well
Cliff (399) - The Land of Milk and Honey, Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2006 i love this beer, the perfect winter warmer. pours deep copper with a off white head. smells of malt and spice. great mouthfeel, coats the tongue. nice warm finish with traces of spice and alcohol. great on a cold day.
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - SEP 17, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber body with an extra thick film of bubbles. Nose-dry fruitcake, cheap ginger cookies. Taste-ginger, tannins, very light cinnamon, nutmeg/mace, very bready, dried cherries, some light smoke dancing in the background. Next to Anchor OSA, one of the best Christmas beers I have ever had, if not THE best. Thickish mouthfeel. Slightly perfumey finish.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark orange-amber color with a large off-white head. Beautiful. Definite honey aroma with spice mixed in. Clove maybe. Malt and honey flavor. Not very sweet which is good and finishes dry. Some spine in the flavor but not as much as the aroma which again is good. Nice warming sensation in the throat that seems to be part alc and part spice. Well done but not something I can keep drinking all night. Date on the bottle is Jan 2006.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - AUG 27, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
LOVED IT. Made me wish I had a sled in the 90+ weather. There is a debate: which cools you off more? the christmas ale in Aug----or a citrus somethingorother? Anyway the copmplex spicewoke up my tongue and reminded me that the Labor day party was jsut aroudn the corner and good beer and company was coming my way (and cheese)
zebracakes (1339) - Washington DC, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours orange gold with thin white head. Aroma is malt, pine, and spices--I detect gingerbread. Flavor is malt, herbs, pine, and spices.
PerfectV (10) - USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very popular beer in the Cleveland area during the Holidays and in all fairness it is a bit of a novelty. As far as its performance though its leaves something to be desired. Its colour is dark copper and is aroma is rich with many spices(nutmeg and ginger) but thats where the exquisitness stops. It leaves you palate wanting to wash it away with something else...never a good sign
eaglefan538 (2914) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 9, 2006
2.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
I like spiced beer, particularly at this time of year. However, this one was a klunker... no good... a lemon. Poured a light copper color with a decent head and it laced ok. The aroma was of ginger, lots of it. The flavor was ginger, then cinnamon, and some sort of caramel malts underneath. The problem is each sip finished with a chemical or medicinal touch (mothballs and naptha?), that lingered into the aftertaste quite prominently. Mouthfeel was average, but the flavor killed this one. Weak from a brewer whose other beers Iíve liked so far. This didnít make for a Merry Christmas Eve ale, thatís for sure.
iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - JUN 6, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just picked this one up a few weeks ago, and it says <!-- i -->please enjoy by Dec 28/04<!-- /i -->, so it looks like this mofo is extra old. Hopefully it doesnít suck. Pours a red orange with a medium, dissipating creamy beige head. The ginger is the first thing I smell, followed by some cinnamon, sour fruits, and some caramel malts deep in there. Taste is the same, with the addition of sugar cookies and raisins. The alcohol is noticeable, medium mouthfeel, light carbonation. This is a very good winter warmer.