HeadyDE (227) - Delaware, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper..rubyish color..slight head..nose of cinnamon, clove, and spiced cookie..palate is very clean and flavorful..honey and ginger intertwine very well and provide a backdrop to other flavors..extremely drinkable with almost no recognition of the higher abv on the sip..however on finish reminds and feels like sipping a holiday ale by the fireplace with a Christmas tree smell in the room..has characteristics of both a pumpkin/ spiced ale and a Christmas offering..which makes this unique..quite enjoyable and can see why bigger fans of the style would seek this out and horde a stash for holiday events..
Jriggz7 (102) - Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of gingerbread. Taste cinnamon up front with notes of ginger and honey. Clean and crisp. Golden in color. Minimal head. Great holiday ale.
LKT1983 (91) - Benton, Kentucky, USA - NOV 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2012 I absolutely love Great Lakes. This was no exception, like a big spice cake from a bottle.
Evolutionary (169) - Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Six pack from castañeda. Powerful over spiced nose initially that mellows to a sweeter cherry like smell. Medium body and some mild carbonation. Ginger and cinnamon upfront with a bit of sweetness hidden as well. A good but not great Xmas beer.
---Rated via my mouth
umich03jm (902) - Allen Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 11, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear copper color with a small amount of head that lingers a bit. Aroma is cinnamon, ginger, honey, and caramel. Taste is ok. A bit too sweet for me, lots of honey and caramel. The spices hit more in the finish. Medium body and a slightly sticky mouthfeel. A little disappointing.
hbchrist (47) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprisingly soft palate and almost no aroma. Little lace, but an intriguing orange-bronze color. Not a bad beer, just middle of the pack for Christmas seasonals.
DNAlevelC (1) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012 does not count
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I have been anxiously waiting to try this for sometime now. I was surprised how clear it was. It is strikingly similar to GLBCís Oktoberfest in both appearance and taste, aside from the spices. It is a good beer, another Great Lakes seasonal worth checking out.
ScoWRee (347) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice copper color with no head. Aroma of cinnamon and spice. Taste is clove. cinnamon, nutmeg, very holiday smelling, and tastes there of. Comercial description is accurate. A very solid Christmaas ale.
bluejacket74 (992) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle, best before 01/21/13. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a clear orange/amber color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention is pretty good, and thereís a good amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy, it smells like cinnamon, ginger, sweet malt, and honey. I think the taste is just like the aroma, it tastes like cinnamon, sweet malt, honey and ginger. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís a bit slick and sticky with moderate carbonation. I like this brew a lot. I try to pick up a six pack every year, itís always good to have around Christmas time. $11.99 a 6-pack.
Scipio (488) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, slightly carbonated red with a creamy white head. As advertised, the aroma has cinnamon and ginger, along with caramel malts. Taste is dominant in the spicy impressions, especially the ginger, some pepper, with caramel and yeast underneath. Aftertaste lasts a fairly long time with the above mentioned cinnamon, ginger, and pepper. Medium bodied with a chewy texture. Average carbonation. Overall, this is alright. However, I did expect more.