tlitt2 (58) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 27, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 5, 2005 Beautiful red hue with quickly fading white head. Aroma of ginger, some other spices. Flavor is nice balance of cinnamon, ginger, and sweet honey. Gets me in the mood for Christmas. I could see how the cinnamon and ginger could turn one off from this brew, but I happen to love those flavors. They don’t appear in excessive amounts either. Alcohol flavor seems very well hidden. This beer is spot on for me.
jdubilla (12) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great Lakes is one of my top picks, regardless of style. This one has an interesting aroma of nutmeg and spices. Appears slightly reddish, just like GL Nosferatu. Taste isnt overwhelming considering 7.5% alcohol.
kramer (5395) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle via trade w/ Sprinkle. Pours a dark copper with a fluffy 1" head, generous amounts of bubbles rising up. Aroma equal parts resiny hops, cinnamon, and spicy ginger. Smells like Christmas. Flavor is dominated by cinnamon, like red hots dissolved in beer. Sweet malt base is just beaten down by all these spices. Finish is akin to hot (as in spicy) ginger ale with cinnamon. Light to medium bodied with a creamy texture. Could be a lot better if spices were a little more toned down. Maybe with a little age?
hippie4beer (162) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 23, 2005 Bottle. Pours a golden red color with a light head. Aroma strong of nutmeg and corriander. Flavor is highly spiced and with much cinnamon. Light on palate. Not too bad... a little weak on the body.
envane (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Even the very solid, malty 7.5% body can’t stand up to the relentless ginger/cinnamon assault. Which is a pity.
JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a pale clear orange with some good white foamy head. Lots of bubbles. Aroma is honey graham crackers, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and biscuits. Taste is pretty yummy. Starts out with a lot of spicing, cinnamon and nutmeg being the dominant players. The spicing is mixed with a nice amount of sweet malts to balance everything out. The end tastes like you are drinking gingerbread. Lots of honey as well, kinda sweet. Medium bodied, decent palate, although a bit cloying as you near the end. A warming sensation from the alcohol. I could only drink one of these in a given night, but a solid beer. Defintely a Christmas beer. Happy birthday Jesus!
Kevin (2156) - New Mexico, USA - NOV 20, 2005
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
copper orange body with a frothy white head that shrinks kind of fast. cherry syrup aroma with some biscuity notes and a touch of cinnamon. spicey weinerschnitzel flavor. this is very meaty. a bit of cinnamon flavoring too. a malty sweet brew with a little something extra. this keeps making me think of saisons. the spiced finish is delicious. a damn fine beverage.
thedm (5164) - Fort Wayne, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This bottled brew poured a medium sized head of off-white colored fine to medium sized mostly lasting bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated dark orange brown colored body and a good lacing. The aroma contained mild malt and caramel notes. The mouth feel was tingly from start to finish with a smooth caramel malt hop flavor. All-in-all its a pretty good brew.
SB (334) - 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 can’t 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 I’d drink. Hides the alcohol very well. The ginger is a little over the top