PanMarek (184) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 17, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fruit and spice on the nose with rich malt. Pours clear amber with thick, tan foam The malt comes through in the flavor and the spices add to the richness. Medium body, slightly slick. Finish has some surprising dry bitterness.
Keir (183) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
2012 bottle. My favorite Xmas ale. Nice spice nose with a hint of malt. Taste is a good balance of spice, malt, and hoppy bitterness.
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uvajed (181) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This incarnation of Great Lakesí Christmas Ale didnít suite me as well as those of years past. Still somewhat sweet, caramely, and a tad bit spicy (nutmeg and cinnamon?) initially, but seemed to have a thinner feel. The finish of the fall 2007 recipe doesnít seem to have the same bitterness Iíd come to expect. A little disappointing, as I was really looking forward to this, but it is still very good. Maybe they set the bar too high before, or maybe Iím just getting old and grumpy.
Some friends came home to visit NE Ohio from North Cakalaka recently and we shared a few pitchers, since they donít get Great Lakes beers in Raliegh and always enjoyed them here. It seemed a bit different to me, but a good time was had by all.
Does this age well at all? I just found a few bottles from 2003 or 2004 and was wondering if I should bother opening them.
LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Funky tasting holiday brew..... I spend Christmas in Loran (Near Cleveland) and this stuff is a holiday bre of choice, but Iím not sure why. Heavy taste, might aroma, but like fruitcake, itís better to give than recieve.
tdoyledesign (179) - Michigan, USA - AUG 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark golden haze with thin head. The aroma is decent and the palate is fairly complex with tons of cinnamon and spice. Good back note. Decent brew for a cold winter night.
lethe (177) - New York, USA - JAN 17, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Murky brown pour breathes spices and a malt sweetness. Mouthfeel is slightly uneven and body is on the light side. Flavor is all spice and is dominated by cinammon that overwhelms any other character or depth. Still enjoyable on a basic level, but disappointing as it becomes monotone.
kmyers8807 (176) - Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 26, 2009 On tap. Was impressed compared to other spiced christmas beers. I could taste the ginger and citris flavor, with little cinnamon or pine like i expected. very tasty. IFirst sip wasnt to impressed, but it grew on me quickly.
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Poured a nice dark golden brown with 1/4" head. Citrus aroma. Very creamy taste. Lots of hints of cinnamon and spices. Typical of the holiday beers. Not bad. Drinkable.
dirtyc (173) - Erie, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Another beer that I wasnít too sure about with the spice and ginger flavor, but yet I wasnít appalled by it either, Great Lakes puts out a huge variety, and I am always willing to try a new one
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - JAN 7, 2006
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice light amber in color with a lacy white head. Malty aromas of munich and caramel followed by a slight spice aroma. The flavor is malty, with a light bitterness and mild spice finish. The carbonation is nice and the malt flavor lingers with the cinnamin on the tongue. I think this is one of my favorite Holiday beers. GLBC does a great job of spicing the beer, you can taste the spices but you can still taste the beer.