BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Another good beer from Great Lakes. Aroma was nice, perfumy and spicy. I didnít taste the honey until late, but the spices and cinnamon are present throughout. More red than copper color, with minimal head. Not as good as Troegs Mad Elf, but still worth the money.
brianairb85 (72) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a delicious coppery brew with an off white head. There are faint smells of Christmas Spirit! Not too spicy not too cinnamony. Good medium body. Something Santa and his elves would definitely pound!
grebs (71) - Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
It almost seems unfair to rate this one since it seems to change every year, albeit slightly. Honey and clove flavor dominate. This is a strong beer! Gets better as it warms, as the honey flavor becomes more pronounced. The spicy flavor dissipates and this becomes a nice beer youíd want to sip near the warmth of your fireplace. I thought this yearís exchange of higher ABV for a less nuanced flavor was a bad one but I wonít hold it against their overall body of work in this Christmas Ale.
Murrow (69) - North Carolina, USA - DEC 4, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled. Pours pale to medium amber, with creamy white head. Light, slightly tart fruit aroma blends well with spice aromas; ginger and clove, perhaps? The flavor opens with cinnamon and mellow, sweet malt. These flavors are balanced by a touch of hop bitterness that picks up in the middle. Finish is sweet, but not cloying. Thin, smooth mouthfeel, light to medium bodied. Well-balanced combination of flavors, evokes the holiday spirit well.
HoppyScallywag (69) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Not too sweet but a lot of holiday, sugary, kind of flavors. Good for a bottle or two. Certainly wouldn't buy a case. A six pack would be pretty iffy.
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eachnotesecure (66) - Kentucky, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This just tastes like Christmas. The cinnamon and ginger balance make this one of the best Winter Warmers Iíve had.
uhljoseph (65) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great Christmas ale that's hard to find. One of my favorites for the holiday season if you can find it.
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ExSpectator (65) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
on tap at the brewpub, iíve also had it bottled. Pours reddish with a beige head. Aroma of cinnamon and ginger. Tastes of malt with a heavy spice taste of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. Finish is smooth, the high alcohol is not in the taste. Always look forward to this one around the holidays.
hbchrist (64) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprisingly soft palate and almost no aroma. Little lace, but an intriguing orange-bronze color. Not a bad beer, just middle of the pack for Christmas seasonals.
TheLevi4000 (63) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best Christmas or Holiday Ale I have had. The description above explains it very well, the beer actually lives up to it. The only flavor it leaves out is the honey. It is not overwhelming, it just adds a little sweetness to make the beer not bitter.