Mangino (1027) - Mississippi, USA - NOV 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red small white bubbly head. Aroma of apples and spices. Flavors are creamy malts, spices, fruits and a hoppy kick. Palate is smoooth. Thanks to Heemer77 for sharing this one!
heemer77 (5060) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2005 Pours with no no head and light red and orange coloring. The aroma is ginger bread and bananas. The taste is fairly sweet with caramel, nutmeg and some peach notes coming through. Overall, a little bland, but still very drinkable. Thanks for sharing this one Frank!
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 21, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Verry attractive in a footed pilsner glass, reddish amber color with a continuous stream of bubbling. The aroma along the lines of winter spiced ale, cherries, ginger, anise, and clove. The flavor isnt nearly as good. It ends with a taste similar to that of flouride, not too pleasant in a beer. Other than that oddity this seems to be a rather solid offering, remaining consistent in the flavor and aroma.
Pailhead (4236) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Spicey aroma. Lots of honey and cinnamon. Yellowish-orange with a white head. Flavor is sweet. Honey and light cinnamon. Slight hops in the finish and lots of spice.
humulus (339) - Salem, Missouri, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark with light shallows. Flavor is luke warm with some wintery goodness but not deep enough to defrost the slightest winter chill. Aroma is inviting but overall a let down. Good and drinkable but I’d like to see it beefed up.
MrBeer (276) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really enjoyed this seasonal from Great Lakes. Goes down very smooth and has a great flavor.
Metalhead (615) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love this stuff. It is thirst quenching and subtle with spices and faint hints of sweetness(honey). At 7.5% this makes it a session beer. Sit around the fireplace(if you have one) or outdoor burn pit and enjoy. BB date just a month away and the taste has not changed a bit since last holidays.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2005 From the tap, this poured an orange brown color with a frothy head. The aroma is full of cinnamon, ginger, and mild peppery spices. Medium-bodied, this is a nice refreshing drink with a tasty cinnamon finish.
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crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Brown/red pour, small white head. Hops all the way, lots of cascades, crystal malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey and more hops making this pretty bitter but balanced by enough sweet malts and spices. A touch of roasted malts in the background with a cloying honey sweetness.
red91 (3) - North Olmsted, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have had this beer the last several years. Great Lakes newest bottling in 2004 is good but not one of there better ones. Besides the price, the beer is a classic when it comes to celebrating the Christmas season. The 2004 bottling is lacking in the bold spice of nutmeg and overpowering honey finish. Overall Great Lakes put out another solid product.