envane (567) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Even the very solid, malty 7.5% body can’t stand up to the relentless ginger/cinnamon assault. Which is a pity.
JoshuaB (474) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale clear orange with some good white foamy head. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is honey graham crackers, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and biscuits. Taste is pretty yummy. Starts out with a lot of spicing, cinnamon and nutmeg being the dominant players. The spicing is mixed with a nice amount of sweet malts to balance everything out. The end tastes like you are drinking gingerbread. Lots of honey as well, kinda sweet. Medium bodied, decent palate, although a bit cloying as you near the end. A warming sensation from the alcohol. I could only drink one of these in a given night, but a solid beer. Defintely a Christmas beer. Happy birthday Jesus!
Kevin (2037) - Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper orange body with a frothy white head that shrinks kind of fast. cherry syrup aroma with some biscuity notes and a touch of cinnamon. spicey weinerschnitzel flavor. this is very meaty. a bit of cinnamon flavoring too. a malty sweet brew with a little something extra. this keeps making me think of saisons. the spiced finish is delicious. a damn fine beverage.
thedm (4888) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated dark orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained mild malt and caramel notes. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a smooth caramel malt hop flavor. All-in-all its a pretty good brew.
SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 From Bottle
Aroma of Honey, hops, and malts. Flavor has distinct Honey hints. I can’t taste any spices in this at all. Medium, filling mouthful, and the 7.5% alcohol is well hidden. Sweet aftertaste. Smooth going down.
Re-rated December 4, 05
Poured a medium copper. Nice white head of small bubbles from the carbonation. Aroma of honey and spices (all-spice, maybe?). Flavor is sweet from the honey, and taste of ginger and something else...kinda of piney. Nice sweetness in the aftertaste Still very easy and smooth to drink. I think this is still my go to holiday session beer.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Interesting spicy beer. The title definitely fits... I can see myself drinking this by the fire on christmas morning, but not an everyday beer I’d drink. Hides the alcohol very well. The ginger is a little over the top
presario (4535) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via trade with Ohiodad. Pales a bit after a Nosferatu. Light golden copper. No head. Light aroma. A gingery finish but less flavour than expected.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is a mixture of cinnamon and ginger. Christmas Ale pours a copperish red and has a fully lasting tan head. There is lacing. The flavor begins with a sweetness and grows into a spicy finisih of cinnamon and ginger.
hotstuff (3954) - Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small off-white head that became mostly diminishing, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, transparent, carbonated, and an orange hue. Malty, hoppy, cinnamon, sweet nose. Flavor was sweet, hops, malt, and cinnamon. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Pours a dark amber with a fluffy white head that stays pretty well and laces down the glass in layers. Aroma is caramel malts, a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is malty.. Caramel malts laced with stronger notes of cinamon and ginger. Some hops finish each sip. Palate is medium bodied and pretty smooth to drink. Very pleasant and festive taste. I’ve come to expect the best from Great Lakes and they usually stand up to the test!