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.
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 donít like the ginger finish, but I guess Iím not a big fan of these kind of beers. Drinkable, but not exceptional in any way.
I still am not a fan of íspicedí beers, but this is a drinable, smooth and mellow beer.
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.
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.
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.
UrbanCaveman (136) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz bottle of the 2014 edition, poured into the official GLBC Christmas Ale snifter at approximately 50 degrees F.
A: Pours eerily similar to the Eliot Ness lager this year, a clear, ruddy bronze-amber. The pale white head forms thin, and does not linger overlong ere becoming a rim of white. Bubbles rise slowly from the bottom of the glass in a steady stream or three. The lacing is spotty, and quickly slides down the glass.
S: The smell is fantastic, opening with a tone of sweet malt that is quickly joined by a chorus of cinnamon, ginger, and a vaguely floral citrus undertone.
T: Ginger snap cookies sprinkled with cinnamon and nutmeg open the flavors of this beer, which are then cut with a noticeable floral-citrus hop presence. Some of that bitterness lingers through the finish, which would otherwise be pure cinnamon sugar and ginger. Some clover honey hints swim through the background, adding enough sweetness to offset the hop presence.
M: Creamy and effervescent, this beer goes down smoothly.
O: The 2014 batch seems fairly on point, if a bit more to the citric-floral hoppy side than I recall previous years being. Iíd have liked a sweeter, maltier beer, but this one is still tasty and enjoyable. Thereís also always next yearís batch!
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...