ChillCoat (1029) - Concord, California, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle via trade with Jvittorio4187. Bright garnet/ iced tea color with a ivory lacing. Tons of cinnamon and ginger in the aroma. Sweet malty flavor with a big ginger and cinnamon backbone. Somewhat bitter.
bnokk (45) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is the Xmas beer everybody knows. The color is perfect copper, and the flavor is 10x better when itís warm - so donít drink it right out of the snow bank... let it warm up in your hands a bit.
spokeydonkey (22) - somerville, New York, USA - NOV 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber with thin white head that fades quickly. Aroma is dominated by spices and malty richness: cinnamon, ginger. Taste starts off sweet with a slightly tart impression. Spiciness follows up: cinnamon, ginger and clove. Finishes with a toasty malt note and a mild bitterness. A touch of warming alcohol. Overall an incredibly drinkable spice beer. The spice is there, but in balance with the malt. One of my top picks for a christmas beer.
lukedarock (179) - Howell, Michigan, USA - NOV 23, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells great with cinnamon and spices standing out, flavor is there and good strong abv works well with it, good seasonal
aumentm (100) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 23, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a great beer for Christmas. It has a distinct cinnamon and ginger flavor. Almost a reddish color. Nice smooth finish.
Foxbush (1307) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2014 12 oz bottle This was brought to me by a friend in Cleveland while we were in Annapolis. The ale poured with a small head that dissipated to a white collar with no lacing. You get a sniff of cinnamon and light caramel malt aroma. The color is a an attractive clear amber. This is very ordinary ale with medium body and soft carbonation. The spices are too muted. The finish is sweet with some cinnamon and ginger.
Barnoloid (242) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real winter warmer here, and an annual favorite. Bottle pour - kicks up a nice off white head with clinging lace. Deep copper/orange in color with a slight unfiltered look. The nose is ginger, orange peel and christmas candles. Taste wise, the nose sits true, with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon and a dollop of honey - maybe a tad more here than previous years, which have had a little more heat. Quite a heavy mouthfeel, which has a thick throat covering sensation which seems to come from the honey. This is a satisfying festive ale with pronounced spices. There are plenty of similar offerings to this but I feel this is head and shoulders above other such options on the shelf.
fidelis83 (2000) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour with a thin, creamy off white head. Aroma is big on toast and warming cinnamon, with a little ginger and some other earthy spice notes. Flavor is toast, caramel, oily grain, sweet floral honey,dusty cinnamon and dried ginger. medium body, slick and somewhat syrupy entry, drier, more oily finish and medium, sharp carbonation. Good stuff overall, a bit on the simple side, but a pleasantly warming drink for cold weather.
joeyplush (647) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Cooper's hawk winery in Columbus. Very tasty, first Christmas beer for 2014. The beer was lightly spiced with some smooth dark malts. Hope that I can find this in bottles or cans back in philly this holiday season.
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Obfuscate (65) - Minneapolis, - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The honey helps to not overpower the ginger and cinnamon which are definitely present. Type of beer you maybe get a 6 pack a year around the holidays to share.
jflopsu (604) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber. Has a caramel and sweet malt aroma. Has a sweet malt, caramel, pine, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, and nutmeg flavors. A lingering taste of Christmas spices.