Peregrinari (148) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nice spicy beer with ginger and clove in the aroma. Flavor is Mildly sweet with ginger and spices that are reminiscent of cream soda. Nice winger beer.
Allara (148) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 25, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from PA. Pours a crystal clear red to light pink color. Beautiful spicy and sweet notes in the aroma. Nice medium to light body that finished with a bit of spice on the tip of the tongue. Great smooth beer with a balanced spicy character. I can picture drinking this beer with friends at Christmas. Wonderful sweet and spicy notes, perfect for drinking in front of a yule log. Overall: (A-)
TINOZACCA (146) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2005
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2006 One of my most favorite beers I have ever had. A gorgeous brown with red color. And a thick body with a thick head. The beer has a great sweetness with spice, malt, and hops in the aroma and flavor. Great alcohol content, but the alcohol never overpowers the flavor. The drink is smooth and you never get that much too bitter aftertaste in the back of your throat. Amazing.
jstonerock24 (142) - Englewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep copper color with a cinnamon and other spice aroma. Flavor is rich in spice with a strong malt backbone and an English yeast aftertaste.
DragonsHead (142) - 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.
Ubiquibeer (140) - Cleveland, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2004 2003 bottle. Pours a nice color, small head with light lacing. A medium-bodied ale with a medium mouthfeel. I tase the spices, but it is all understated. I don’t like the ginger finish, but I guess I’m not a big fan of these kind of beers. Drinkable, but not exceptional in any way.
I still am not a fan of ’spiced’ beers, but this is a drinable, smooth and mellow beer.
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 I’ll take a SNCA for a favorite wintertime warmer.
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.
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!