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 (3009) - 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 (2703) - 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.
NachlamSie (3167) - Denver, Colorado, USA - MAY 14, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Pours a really cloudy copper color with a white head. The aroma is vinous with fig and cinnamon scents. The body is thinner than I was expecting. The cinnamon is the dominant flavor, especially in the finish but never becomes overbearing. There are some mild fruit notes and tame woody notes as well. Definitely not unpleasant at all, but it kind of makes me crave a more robust Belgian style ale.
SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - APR 22, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Finally digging this one out from the back of the fridge from the holidays. Shiny copper pour with no head. The aroma is almost nonexistent - some mild caramel malts with a dusting of cinnamon. The malts and spices are much more pronounced in the body - butterscotch, caramel and toffee are combined with more cinammon and nutmeg spice. This creates a real ginger snap cookie/snickerdoodle cookie taste. Medium body and soft carbonation make this really drinkable. Although good now, this probably only gets better the fresher it is consumed.
vyvvy (5301) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours light clear brown with active carbonation and medium white head. Aroma is warming spices - cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger are noticable. While Iím drinking this in April it smells like Christmas. Smooth initial maltiness with spice, then the spice really kicks in especially the cinnamon. Lots of smooth carbonation really deliver the taste everywhere in the mouth. The spices take over to the point that it is hard to find the beer in it. The finish has the spices and a slight underlying sourness. This could very well be to the aging of it - Iím not sure of the aging abilities of this, but the best by date is 01-19-06. However it has held up fairly well. Further down the glass the sourness fades quite a bit as well as the spices mellowing out a bit. A nice beer worth trying, very unique. Not sure how much of this I would want in a year. I will have to get a fresh bottle next year and update the rating if needed.
jonwayne4883 (401) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 6, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
a great holiday beer - the right combination of cinnamon and ginger spices help this one go down easy and leave a lasting impression
tcruicks (282) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Looks brown/gold. Appropriately, the aroma is very "christmasy"! Smells nice, like ginger, malty, sweet, maybe a touch of orange, cinnamon. The ginger, along with a good deal of spice become very strong in the flavour- too strong. Its also malty with a bit of caramel. Palate is not exactly smooth- Iíd probably describe it as grainy.
pnista (1007) - Bloomington, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light bronze with a loose ephemeral white head and a few streams of bubbles. Smells like, well, christmas. Cinnamon is strongest, with some ginger (which I couldnít figure out until taking a sip) and some light caramel malty sweetness and yeast. The mouth feel is a little sharp from the CO2 though slightly more viscous/slippery than water. The flavor is utterly dominated by cinnamon and ginger secondarily. Thereís also some peppery flowery hoppy notes and a definite underlying sweetness--close to cloying for the style of the beer, though not in a malty brandywine sort of way. I gave this beer the slight benefit of the doubt because after getting it home I noted the Jan 19, 2006 best by date... but it was in the walk in cooler at the packie, so I wouldnít be surprised if this beer doesnít taste any better when fresh. Donít get me wrong, this isnít auwful. I could imagine this as a nice substitution for other liquids in the batter for a fruit cake!