frankenkitty (1990) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Coppery-golden, lightly effervesced, beneath a large, foamy, cream-colored head. Spicy aromas of clove, ginger, orange peel above a doughy yeastiness. Flavor is cheek-pinchingly tart with a dominance of earthy spiciness (as above with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg). A lemon-tea maltiness emerges late, but itís hard to get past the power of all that generous spicing. Mid-bodied. Festive. As many others of the "S/H/V" style, this is interesting and tasty but becomes annoying if you try to session it. ~~~~~~~ A holiday gift, but widely available (seasonally) in the Chicagoland area.
TimE (4695) - Tokyo, JAPAN - APR 22, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep amber brown color. Big consider ginger, cranberries, oranges malty, slightly sweet nose. Sharp, probably connected ginger and oranges, cinammon. Malty mouth. Lingering cinnamon and ginger finish.
MarkSachon (858) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. A nice holiday ale from the always reliable Great Lakes. Try one on for size.
altonbrownd (5095) - Chevy Chase, Maryland, USA - MAR 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Chevy Chase Wine and Liquors. Dark amber body with medium head. Nose is sour, fruity. Taste is malty, with cinnamon and spices for sure. Nice prickly texture. Solid warming finish. Enjoyable.
MaltOne (297) - Wisconsin, USA - JAN 31, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear, light copper, brief white head. Light toasty aroma. Taste is lightly sweet, slightly spicey - ginger; a hint of peppery hops in the finish. Palate is light, but lingering. Overall, a light, easily drinkable holiday ale. Better crafted then some similar offerings.
edgallow (3332) - nashville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle pours amber with a off white head. Aroma of spices and malts. Taste is cinnamon, caramel and grain.
Niko100 (2529) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich amber/cider color; Medium body; Aroma of caramel malt, cinnamon, & some fruit; Flavor of sweet malt, caramel, cinnamon, hops, and fruit; Nicely balanced; Solid.
arnold931 (1177) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours clear amber with thin off white head. Nose and taste is ginger and cinnamon. Okay.
oldestof9 (1) - - DEC 31, 2015 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is good seasonal beer but my homemade is better...a smidgen more honey and a weeeee bit -not much - less hops
fuzzcro (150) - Illinois, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
This was the best of the winter ales I chose to try this year. Next year Iíll pass on seasonal ales completely I believe.
SG111 (972) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottled. Pours copper copper color, no head. Aroma is cinnamon, Christmas spices and actually a bit of ginger. Nice but subtle. Flavor is similar, cinnamon, caramel, and just generalized Christmas spices. Nice!