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 Iíll take a SNCA for a favorite wintertime warmer.
sfontain (811) - 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. Iím 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 (1814) - 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.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I smelled some honey-caramel, and some fruity aroma. The taste is spicy with a small peppery ginger bite. A pine-hop finish. The color is a brownish gold with a tan head. Nice beer on a winter night.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 22, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft glass at the Map Room in Chicago. Deep orange-bronze, thick lasting small off-white topping and great lacing...assertive, spicy-piney dry nose with a smoky herbal character in the body...as it warms, sweet clove develops in the nose, and dried oregano and light pepper appear at the back end of the mouth...sturdy balanced body...wonderful.
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 22, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear gold, nice off-white head. Sweet nose with nutmeg, cinnamon, anise. Spice cake flavor, like some recent vintages of Anchor OSA--relatively sweet with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. OK for a few sips, but just cloying and strange after a while.
beerguy101 (5287) - Newark, California, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep orange gold color. Medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is cinnamon, malts, nutmeg, honey and other spices. A medium bodied ale. Malts are fruity and sweet. Hops are slightly citrusy. Nicely balanced. Lots of spice flavors, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and honey all intermingle in a very pleasant and non-overbearing way. The spices are all there and you can taste them, but they donít compete with each other and none of them hit you over the tongue. Very nice Xmas ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. Thanks to JCW for this one.
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - DEC 18, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was at or near itís past due period.I liked the aromas coming off this,spiced apples,cinnamon,something aromatic???
But the flavor was a little flat.I am giving this a better rating then I should today because I had this last summer and it was much better.
DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2006 Weakly-spiced Christmas ale, not terribly interesting. Ginger, bark, grassy hops. Sampled on tap at the Map Room.
Re-rating 3/14/2006 - Bottle. Clear light brown body, thin white head. Big spiced aroma - nutmeg, honey, ginger. Pine resin, cinnamon bark and honied caramal make up the primarly bitter flavor. OK.
jeffin7 (612) - Silver Spring, Maryland, USA - DEC 14, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours red with a medium white head that fills up my tulip corsendonk christmas glass perfectly and looks excellent. Aroma is cinnamon and lihgt malts. Flavor is cinnamon and light malts. Tastes a lot like cinnamon toast crunch.