Dixen (1465) - Flagstaff, Arizona, USA - JAN 12, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Rather sweetish nose, some ginger, and some alcohol can be detected. Amber body with a small white head. Spicy flavro, ginger, somewhat watery and thin.
DrnkMcDermott (2782) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2005 Draft, at CLBC, July 30, ’05 Served as "Christmas ale in July." Yup, it’s all there: honey, ginger and cinnamon. Kind of comes across as a pumpkin pie spice beer. Good maltiness. Turns out to be a good summer beer too, when enjoyed in a cellar bar.
2004 Bottle, rated Jan 12, ’05. Brown like an IPA when poured, and almost as hoppy. In fact, I think the spiciness in this beer comes more from hops than any spices themselves. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.. Rather, what I find is something more "easy drinking" than the usual overspiced holiday beer.
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Wasn’t as impressed as some of my drinking buddies. Nice reddish brown color with a big beige head. Aroma was spicy. Very much like most Christmas ales. That spicy, gingery, fruity nose reminiscent of holiday cookies or fruit cakes. Light to meduim bodied, nice carbonation. Flavor was also that Christmas cookie type.
jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 2, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I loves a beer with honey in er. My first "Christmas" beer, and I was expecting over the top spices. Really nice though, with just enough ginger, honey, and cinnamon. Tasted much like better Burning River APA. Perfect amount of alcohol too.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a moderate off-white head. Aroma of hops, cinnamon, and other spices. Flavor of sweet malt, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin spice.
AlchemistZ (493) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - DEC 30, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Orangey amber in color with a medium dense, off-white head. Spicy in the nose with a toasty, warm, plummy, earthy malt character. The same aroma components are thruoghout the flavor with a dry spiciness balancing the palate. The mediun/full body is based upon the residual sugar.
willblake (2647) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12.29.04 12oz bottle thanks to bkelley68. Copper-teak color with fine head and some wispy lace. Aroma is strongly spicey - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg - very wintery, but a bit strong for my tastes. Smooth and coating body is soft, full, and lightly eff. Sweet pie spices linger on after finish and leave a lightly burning sensation on the palate. This one is more complex and subtle than many holiday spiced beers, but it’s still just not up my alley. Thanks, Brian!
Brew4Dug (138) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delicate balance to this version of the holiday ale. A bit too much honey which off-set some of the hop balance that I was looking for. Good overall version of the style, but I’ll take a SNCA for a favorite wintertime warmer.
sfontain (795) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very pretty dark garnet; sizeable, off-white head. I’m just not detecting much for spices in this; the aroma is almost all malt and dark fruit, and I have to struggle to get the faintest hint of nutmeg. Similar flavor: Mostly malt and pretty much nothing else; light-bitter finish. Pretty full and only mildly sticky. OK, though not as outstanding as anticipated.
JMerritt (1775) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Red-orange with large white head that is partially diminishing. Mild hop aroma (pine and grapefruit) with peach and nutmeg. Sweet flavor full of baking spices (nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon), mildly bitter. Clean finish, and very crisp.