OhioDad (2492) - 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.
loomis (43) - Ohio, USA - OCT 27, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A great seasonal brew, best drank around the season with food. Nice pumpkin and bitter hoppy taste with some light spice notes. Overall itís a very good Christmas ale and another winner from Great Lakes.
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2007 Clear copper pour with an off white head. Spicy aromas quite evident. Sweet malty base overlayed with spicy flavors of cinnamon predominating. Full mouthfeel with a lingering sweet finish. Little hop aroma, flavor, or bitterness. Enjoyable in the holiday context for which it is intended.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF 05. Pours a decent amber with an aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Flavor is like a slice of gingerbread. Palate coats. Iíd love a bottle of this every holiday season.
cazort (552) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 19, 2006 Come holiday season, everyone seems to get more excited about this brew than I do. It really doesnít do all that much for me, especially compared to the rest of the great lakes brews. It did have a somewhat spiced aroma and flavour and it tasted, well, like a lot of great lakes brews. The high alcohol content is well-masked. To its credit, it doesnít go overboard on the spice the way a lot of spiced ales do. I am not a big fan of this style of beer...and yet this one is really quite drinkable to me.
RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Big alcohol presence and holiday spicing: nutmeg cinnamon ginger and clove. Some bitter hopping but mainly sweet roasted malts and cinnamon. Sampled August 30th, 2005 STILL!!! on tap at the MAPLE TREE INN.