Shot (166) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a light copper color with a thin head that dissipates to a lacy head. Aromas of yeast, caramel and a hint of cinnamon. No discernible hop aroma. Flavors are light and very complex; sweet, but not cloying; caramel, biscuit, ginger, orange peel, cinnamon. Lively carbonation. Finish is malty but dry, with bready flavors and a nice alcohol warmth. Delicious brew. One of the best Christmas ales I’ve ever had.
Foxbush (1305) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle This was brought to me by a friend in Cleveland while we were in Annapolis. The ale poured with a small head that dissipated to a white collar with no lacing. You get a sniff of cinnamon and light caramel malt aroma. The color is a an attractive clear amber. This is very ordinary ale with medium body and soft carbonation. The spices are too muted. The finish is sweet with some cinnamon and ginger.
Barnoloid (236) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real winter warmer here, and an annual favorite. Bottle pour - kicks up a nice off white head with clinging lace. Deep copper/orange in color with a slight unfiltered look. The nose is ginger, orange peel and christmas candles. Taste wise, the nose sits true, with a dash of nutmeg and cinnamon and a dollop of honey - maybe a tad more here than previous years, which have had a little more heat. Quite a heavy mouthfeel, which has a thick throat covering sensation which seems to come from the honey. This is a satisfying festive ale with pronounced spices. There are plenty of similar offerings to this but I feel this is head and shoulders above other such options on the shelf.
fidelis83 (1997) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 20, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear copper pour with a thin, creamy off white head. Aroma is big on toast and warming cinnamon, with a little ginger and some other earthy spice notes. Flavor is toast, caramel, oily grain, sweet floral honey,dusty cinnamon and dried ginger. medium body, slick and somewhat syrupy entry, drier, more oily finish and medium, sharp carbonation. Good stuff overall, a bit on the simple side, but a pleasantly warming drink for cold weather.
joeyplush (647) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Cooper's hawk winery in Columbus. Very tasty, first Christmas beer for 2014. The beer was lightly spiced with some smooth dark malts. Hope that I can find this in bottles or cans back in philly this holiday season.
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Obfuscate (57) - Minneapolis, - NOV 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The honey helps to not overpower the ginger and cinnamon which are definitely present. Type of beer you maybe get a 6 pack a year around the holidays to share.
jflopsu (601) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber. Has a caramel and sweet malt aroma. Has a sweet malt, caramel, pine, cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, and nutmeg flavors. A lingering taste of Christmas spices.
Nejhleader (1258) - Lemoyne, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a nice Amber color. A good spice taste with a hint of hops and cinamon, a nice brew.
miyauchi38 (308) - chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UrbanCaveman (54) - 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. I’d have liked a sweeter, maltier beer, but this one is still tasty and enjoyable. There’s also always next year’s batch!
sturmthis (558) - Ohio, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Cooper color with almost no head. Cinnamon and nutmeg aroma. Cinnamon and other spices for the taste. Nice Christmas Ale.