BenDover (223) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2006
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2006 Pours a medium amber color, small white head. Faint spicy odor. Taste is more subtle than I would have guessed from reading the descriptions of this beer. Amount of cinnamon is just right -- not overwhelming like I was afraid of. Also faint hint of clove, other spices as well. A very smooth ale. Nice stuff.
UPDATE: Okay, this stuff is really, really growing on me. I’ve updated my scores accordingly.
RagallachMC (631) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 24, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub. Aroma: Strong spiciness in the aroma, mostly cinnamon but some ginger and maybe a bit of clove. Some sweet malt with strongish caramel notes. A bit of floral perfuminess, as well. Appearance: Light reddish in color and clear. Off white head was full and rocky. Flavor: The spices really pack a punch. Strong cinnamon and ginger that actually warm the tongue with their intensity. A medium strong malt sweetness comes through with notes of honey, caramel, and breadiness. A bit of light fruit and a touch of floral. Finishes fairly dry. Palate: Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Some alcohol warming in back of mouth. Overall: One of the beers I look forward to every year. One of the great Christmas beers.
BeermanMike (2) - Sadass, California, USA - OCT 24, 2006 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This beer helped me through a cold Christmas Eve night one year and has been stuck in my memory since. If your looking for a new tasting beer, try this one out.
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 (3045) - 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
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.