SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from OhioDad. Pours a bright ruby amber color with a think frothy off white head. Nose is typical holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, light ginger, and some caramel malt. Taste is lots of honey and clove, some light caramel, very sweet sugary notes, A light bitterness in the finish. Has a very smooth palate, quite creamy but with a fizziness in the end.
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 12 oz) Hazy and opaque orange color with not much of a head or carbonation. Faint aroma of spices and sweetness. Maybe a touch of honey in there somewhere. Good amount of spice in the taste; flavors of clove, cinnamon and honey throughout with a sweet finish and aftertaste. Full-bodied and very creamy.
mds (2250) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 27, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle. from Premier Gourmet. the body pours a clear copper brown with a short-lasting small head. the aroma is soft and restrained with bread notes along with honey and light spices (ginger, mint). the honey flavour provides a nice smooth, quaffable palate. warm cinnamon spice, alcohol, and chewy malt. itís not overly complex but for what it is itís very nice and drinkable.
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Great Lakes Christmas Ale is a really wonderful, rich, malty, warming brew spiced with ginger and honey. It is perfect for sipping during the holidays, and the cold winter months. Christmas Ale pours to a beautiful, opaque caramel color with a nice white head and a soft carbonation. The nose on this beer is wonderful. Really big sweet caramel malt aromas marry with some ginger spice character, and peppery hints of alcohol. The palate is rich, and delicious. More big sweet malt flavor, a touch of toffee, a hint of chocolate, and traces of honey flavor. Honey gives this beer a nice warming alcohol boost, but in general honey really doesnít impart all that much flavor to a beer. The body is hefty, and slightly syrupy. This beer finishes with more sweet malt up front, then ends with some nice ginger spice and a warming, high octane burn.
This is a fantastic winter warmer. I would match this beer with desert. It would work well with mince meat pie, or ginger bread men. I look forward to this beer every Christmas. This beer is hard to find, it can only be found in Great Lakes market, which is a few Midwestern states. So if your lucky enough to get Great Lakes beers, keep a eye out for this one.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 21, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle. Picked this up as a Christmas Sampler pack at Roof Bros. in Paducah, KY. This pours a dark golden to something of a copper color. Head is fluffy and white. Aroma is very strong with herby fresh ginger. Strong ginger flavor in the taste. For a beer with this strong of an unbalanced spice, it was surprisingly tasty and drinkable. If there ever was an "everyday of the year" ginger beer, this might be it.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky brown pour breathes spices and a malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly uneven and body is on the light side. Flavor is all spice and is dominated by cinammon that overwhelms any other character or depth. Still enjoyable on a basic level, but disappointing as it becomes monotone.
jcr (2466) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - JAN 15, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper, bubbly pour. The nose was filled with malt, yeast and spice. The spices dominated the flavor especially the cinnamon. Still, there were hints of sweet malts and bitter hops that lead to a bitter aftertaste. Thin to medium body with substantial carbonation. A comfortable and tasty winter warmer.
CMUBEERMAN (426) - - JAN 12, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I canít say that I liked this too much, I guess i just donít like this type of style. Way too much berry type flavor. Maybe I had to much expectation.
ElBorracho (472) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a burnt orange with a white foamy head. Yeast and rye bread aroma along with caramel and malts. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices dominate the taste but do not overpower the beer. Finishes with some nice hop bitterness.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light amber in color with a lacy white head. Malty aromas of munich and caramel followed by a slight spice aroma. The flavor is malty, with a light bitterness and mild spice finish. The carbonation is nice and the malt flavor lingers with the cinnamin on the tongue. I think this is one of my favorite Holiday beers. GLBC does a great job of spicing the beer, you can taste the spices but you can still taste the beer.