SB (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 4, 2005 From Bottle
Aroma of Honey, hops, and malts. Flavor has distinct Honey hints. I canít taste any spices in this at all. Medium, filling mouthful, and the 7.5% alcohol is well hidden. Sweet aftertaste. Smooth going down.
Re-rated December 4, 05
Poured a medium copper. Nice white head of small bubbles from the carbonation. Aroma of honey and spices (all-spice, maybe?). Flavor is sweet from the honey, and taste of ginger and something else...kinda of piney. Nice sweetness in the aftertaste Still very easy and smooth to drink. I think this is still my go to holiday session beer.
BeerBaronLS (85) - Grove City, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2007 Interesting spicy beer. The title definitely fits... I can see myself drinking this by the fire on christmas morning, but not an everyday beer Iíd drink. Hides the alcohol very well. The ginger is a little over the top
presario (4730) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 11, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle via trade with Ohiodad. Pales a bit after a Nosferatu. Light golden copper. No head. Light aroma. A gingery finish but less flavour than expected.
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - NOV 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is a mixture of cinnamon and ginger. Christmas Ale pours a copperish red and has a fully lasting tan head. There is lacing. The flavor begins with a sweetness and grows into a spicy finisih of cinnamon and ginger.
hotstuff (4303) - Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Small off-white head that became mostly diminishing, fine-small sized bubbles, poor lacing, transparent, carbonated, and an orange hue. Malty, hoppy, cinnamon, sweet nose. Flavor was sweet, hops, malt, and cinnamon. Tingly mouthfeel. Light-medium body.
OhioDad (2493) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle - Pours a dark amber with a fluffy white head that stays pretty well and laces down the glass in layers. Aroma is caramel malts, a touch of cinnamon. Flavor is malty.. Caramel malts laced with stronger notes of cinamon and ginger. Some hops finish each sip. Palate is medium bodied and pretty smooth to drink. Very pleasant and festive taste. Iíve come to expect the best from Great Lakes and they usually stand up to the test!
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 4, 2005
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2006 Light cinnamon on the nose.Head stays thin and laced The cinnamon is heavier in the taste, and light ginger. Strong hops(which I like) and carbonation. Long finish, thin textured, medium-bodied. Itís hard to find that 7.5%. The taste just doesnít come off as alcoholic. A pretty good ale overall. Definitely recommended. Iíve yet to be dissapointed in this brewer.
erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
GABF-Pours a lite amber with an off-white head. Heavy cinnamon and ginger nose with little maltiness. Body is lacking some weight which it tries to make up for with overly high CO2. Somewhat 1 dim flavor of spices. A pretty boring and not very warming x-mas.
roder60 (1288) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a crisp clear light brown amber color with a very small amount of quickly dissapating white head. Aroma is just what I would expect from something called a christmas ale: spices, cinnamon, gingerbread, candy granny smith apples, and scented candles. Flavor is light on the palate, sour apples, plums, cherries with a dry sour bitter finish. Overall, I thought this was excellent like most GL products.
BabyJ (4) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 29, 2005 does not count
4.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Best winter ale Iíve tasted. Others Iíve had donít even come close. Iíve tasted about 30 varieties. I obsess about it coming out every year due to limited supply. Usually not readily available by December. It does seem like that is stepping up a bit in last 2 years.