Spliffy (55) - Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
erry X-MAs! Great spices and the perfect amoutn give this brew a nod as one of the better holiday brews out ther. Spicey, hoppy, warm and coy! Makes me want to give people gifts!!! Great dark amber in colorand all is good once it hits those lips!
Ungstrup (29486) - Citizen of the universe, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A hazy amber beer with a disappearing beige head. The aroma is sweet with notes of ginger and cinnamon - and so is the flavor. A nice Christmas beer.
madsberg (10309) - Søborg, DENMARK - JAN 12, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled: Light orange/amber coloured. Beige dense medium sized head. Spiced (ginger and cinnamon) and sweet aroma. Flavour is malty and spiced and reminds me a lot of Christmas. Smoothe and pleasant. Is light hopped in the end. This is a nice beer from Secret Santa Mike (BBB63). Thanks.
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 (2810) - 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 (11972) - 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 (2653) - 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!