edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very smooth with a strong ginger and cinnamon taste. For those who tried last year’s version, try it again. This does not have the same aftertaste and is much better.
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours amber with nice white head. The aroma is appetizingly spicy and has a nice hop character. Nice mouthfeel, creamy. The spicyness suggests cinnamon sweetness, nutmeg, with a rich malt background. The finish is a nice hoppy dryness which balances all the flavors, yet it maintains a prelonged warming cinnamon aspect. Nice brew.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served at NYC Great World Beer Festival (A Brewtopian Event) and this is the beer that elicited the statement "so happy with life right now." A red ale with lots of sweet, delectable flavors. brown sugar, honey, spiced w/ fresh ginger and cinnamon - lots of cinnamon as a matter of fact. though from a technical stand-point there were not a lot of flavors, its was not complex and it was not well balanced it was just what the beer doctor ordered the moment my friends and I had the pleasure of enjoying it. I guess we were just in the mood for a sweet, cinnamony beer. and sometimes that’s all it takes. mmm. yum.
hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
brewtopia 10/21/06. spices in the aroma, specifically ginger and cinnamon with some malt also. Taste is the same, medium to full bodied. good beer.
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
Let’s 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)