semiotic (13) - Walton Hills, Ohio, USA - NOV 22, 2009
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
quite simply--nectar of the gods! Itís impossible to just drink one of these babies. It has a lively festive taste and aroma, coupled with a most pleasing reddish hue.
AARomanov (13) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 14, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A - Pours a copper-gold with slight venetian red hues. The head is barley of white approaching the lightest levels of khaki. Head recedes quickly with no lacing (Iím sorry but does anyone really care about lacing? Like seriously, what the f. I could not think of a beer quality less interesting and varied to describe)
Ar - Mostly spices and malts with gingerbread being predominant.
T - Mouthfeel is nice and the beer is much lighter than any Christmas ale Iíve had before but the flavors keep it from being watery. The brown-sugar malts are very well balanced and do not make this on overly sweet beer.
D - Oh yeah, very drinkable and definitely would enjoy this with the family around the Christmas tree. If my wife didnít leave with the kids 6 Christmases ago. Drinking problem my ass, fuck her I never said she had a make-up problem just cuz she needed it every day before going out for work. And thereís another thing thatís overrated, WORK!
mattyvolz (12) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
copper in color, nose of spices (cinnamon, cloves) and sweet malts. full-bodied on the palate but fairly easy-drinking. i get more spice on the nose than in the taste. all-in-all a great choice for your holiday libations.
Thejay801 (12) - - DEC 7, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
A great Chris's ale with nutmeg coriander and other spices. A nice winter beer
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jdubilla (12) - Athens, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Great Lakes is one of my top picks, regardless of style. This one has an interesting aroma of nutmeg and spices. Appears slightly reddish, just like GL Nosferatu. Taste isnt overwhelming considering 7.5% alcohol.
PerfectV (10) - USA - JUN 25, 2006
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a very popular beer in the Cleveland area during the Holidays and in all fairness it is a bit of a novelty. As far as its performance though its leaves something to be desired. Its colour is dark copper and is aroma is rich with many spices(nutmeg and ginger) but thats where the exquisitness stops. It leaves you palate wanting to wash it away with something else...never a good sign
tamedturtle (10) - Cranberry Twp, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 15, 2006
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Letís just say this is one of my favorite times of the year for beers, sure summer brings the light and zesty flavors and fall the malty octoberfests and spiced pumpkin ales, but christmas beers is something to get excited over and i do believe this beer is excellent Definitely some ginger and nutmeg and not too heavy and great on the palate. purchased this bottle on 10/13 in ohio first day it was released to the distributors excellent first beer of the season and i also heard that this beer ages quite well
tmhst30 (10) - Prospect Park, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 14, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2003 This beer (along with the other Great Lakes beers) is worth a trip to Cleveland. Two years ago (2001) I was passing through and stopped at Great Lakes for dinner. After several pints of this wonderfully balanced and deliciously flavored beer, I checked in to the holiday inn. That night I dreamt of this wonderful beer all night and planned on procuring it in bottle form for all my friends to try. Alas, I brought it home and realized it's too delicate to be bottled. This beer is great on draught but comes up bland in the bottle.
giventofly (10) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2005
4.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
First off, Gotta love the 7.5%. It seems that this beer changes slightly from year to year, and I remember 2003 being much tastier than this yearís offering, however, it remains my favorite Great Lakes offering, and I canít wait ítil Christmas!
Largiari (10) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 13, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Smells like Winter Warmer, spice, cinnamon, and sweet malts. Nice amber color, has a little cherry red tone to it, no head at all.
This is where my review of this beer goes south, this doesnt taste like a holiday beer, or maybe my expectations a to high. I taste spice, but it disappears quick. Thereís honey, maybe a little much, and it tends to overwhelm the brew. I must of been expecting more from this beer, a bit disappointing.