MrWalker (926) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle 335ml. Thanks to jsquire!
Amber, and wow, what an aroma. Full of christma. Ginger, cinnamon, cloves, cardemon, orange zest. And full of all the above in taste as well. The hops are not noticed until the bitter aftertaste. Well balanced. Could maybe have been a bit more full bodied and sweeter.
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 13, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottles shared with HogTown Harry, GregClow, and Blankboy - courtesy of Harry and blankboy. Orange pour, medium white head. Aroma has notes of bready malt, spice and citrus. I was a little shocked by the taste, as it is quite bitter with no hint of hops at all from the aroma. Medium foamy mouthfeel. Taste is also quite spicy, it seemed like Christmas, but not one spice stood out. This was a really nice one to sip, it seemed to grow in complexity as it warmed with more flavours revealing themselves. A very solid beer that started average but ended quite well.
TheBeerGod (5993) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Courtesy of ??? at argo0 and Kathy Holiday Party. Took this back home with me and am drinking it today. Ruby tinged amber with a small off-white head. Nose is very spicy. Lots of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Maybe gingerbread cookies spirnkled with cinnamon. Taste is semi-sweet and has lots of spices about ti. More cinnamon and ginger, light caramel, hint of nutmeg, chewy malts, and light bitterness. Splash of honey sweetness in the background as well. Body is medium with a slight stickiness to it. Lots of spices lingering on the palate as well. Finishes with more ginger, a toned down cinnamon flavor, light caramel and sweet malts. This would go great with gingerbread man cookies or even oatmeal raisin cookies. Nice!
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2005
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Firkin’s, Libertyville, IL. Clear amber ale having a long-lasting large white head with excellent lacing. Intoxicating aroma of ginger and spice. Medium bodied that starts with spicy sweet malt, ginger, and toffee flavors. Finishes with nutty malt aftertaste and light hop bitterness. Well-balanced. Ginger flavoring is delicious. An excellent spicy ale for the winter holidays, one of the best Christmas ales that I’ve tried. Enjoyed on my birthday at my favorite pub restaurant.
guzzler67 (1654) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper appearance with a small, fast fading head. Mildly spiced aroma, primarily ginger. Spices and honey dominate the taste with enough hops to prevent the sweetness from becoming too cloying. Well carbonated, medium bodied mouthfeel, leading to a fairly sweet, long lasting finish.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours to a deep amber bronze body with a lasting and creamy white head and thick airy lacing. Looks very attractive. The aroma is caramel malts and kinda smells like an August Schell caramel bock and vegetables like cooked carrots or yellow squash. The flavor is pretty smooth and balanced but isn’t very exciting. Some honey and cinnamon and grainy. Lightly tart and medium bodied. Bitter.
I may have rated too soon. The more I drink this, the better the flavor becomes. Rating updated.
HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - DEC 6, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy, GregClow and tupalev - bottles from me and blankboy. Poured clear ruby-amber with an average off-white foamy lasting head. Mild aroma of sweet slightly caramel roast malt and mld resiny hops - nice, balanced, but a bit vague, but spicy and evergreen in the background. Taste is blend of spices (pepper, cloves, vanilla) and light roast malt, some slightly sour grain, even some mild hops - very seasonal. Mouthfeel very peppery, slightly lively, long linger, quite bitter on the finish after spicy-malty start. Very nice winter ale.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - DEC 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: Clear medium amber with a medium beige head that lasts. Aroma is allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, light honey, light malts. Taste is allspice, cinnamon, and a hint of honey-covered apple, cloves, grains, light malt. Light-medium bodied, medium-lively carbonation. Finishes with a clove-like spice and sticky sweet malt notes.
brewblackhole (1588) - Muskego, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is light, some of the holiday spice, such as allspice and cinimmon is evident mouthfeel is smooth, taste is a jumble of malt and spices where nothing stands out. Seems like Great Lakes played it safe here, and there is really nothing here for me to try more than one
BeerandBlues2 (12049) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12-oz. bottle thanks to OhioDad. Pours clean coppery red with tiny fast rising bubbles and a small off-white head that dissipates to a film with some lined lacing. Yeast (sour leather) and fruity floral hop aroma with medium malt (meal) notes and some spice (cinnamon) hints. Bitter hop lightly acidic flavor with a medium caramel malt body and a hoppy rind, floral aftertaste. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry palate.