DragonsHead (140) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I dont remember liking this beer so much, but this year, I really enjoyed it. Had on draft during my wifes birthday dinner. Spiced,hoppy aroma with a crisp taste. Everything about it was well balanced. finished off with some cinnamon flavor.
gotbeach (139) - San Diego, California, USA - FEB 29, 2008
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours red/brown. I got the ginger and cinnamon, but not much more. Very flat and dull.
Brew4Dug (139) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delicate balance to this version of the holiday ale. A bit too much honey which off-set some of the hop balance that I was looking for. Good overall version of the style, but Iíll take a SNCA for a favorite wintertime warmer.
jackson220 (136) - new lenox, Illinois, USA - FEB 21, 2007
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful clear ruby amber with a thick off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon, nice. Taste is not quite as good as the aroma but adds a solid dose of spices like ginger, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. well nice refreshing...another good one from X brew place ....the beat goes on
TheShat (131) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - JUN 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2007 was an off year for this seasonal.
The bottle pours an amber color. The aroma is full of cinnamon and honey.Thce flavor is smooth and malty with a touch of cinnamon spice and honey and it sticks to the mouth for the finish. This bottle is about 8 months old and I must say it has aged well. When it was released 10/07 it was not as lively and complex as previous batches. This bottle however seems to have improved. Hope the 2008 batch gets back on track and is their best yet!
tonypreto (130) - Akron, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2014
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Draft poured pint. I didnít get much of an aroma but the spices and there wasnít a head on it at all. The tasted was just spice, which I did not really care for. Was a little let down with this one...
donteatpoop (127) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - FEB 17, 2008
1.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: FEB 18, 2008 The appearance and scent of the Christmas Ale seem to hint at greatness. But donít let any of that fool you; one taste of the beverage and you will believe otherwise. Iím not one to abandon a glass of beer that has been poured; but I am one to donate the rest of it to someone else. I felt guilty giving the five-pack to my friend, but he seemed to actually enjoy it. The ginger was overpowering; ruining what may otherwise have been an excellent brew. If this is an ale intended for Christmas, then I believe firmly that this is what Santa gives to members of the naughty list.
a10555 (125) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 21, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Another great beer from Great Lakes. Although I seem to like their specialty beers a lot more than the regulars.
zer0crew (119) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 9, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a redish-amber color with a perfect sized head. You can definitely taste the spices in this. The ginger is a little too strong, but all in all itís a good brew.
edfitz (118) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very smooth with a strong ginger and cinnamon taste. For those who tried last yearís version, try it again. This does not have the same aftertaste and is much better.