Shot (79) - Westerville, 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.
Ed5388 (1617) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from jsquire. Pours a clear light amber color with a small foamy tan head. Aroma of mainly caramel malt and spices. Taste of citrus, caramel malt, and spices.
CpyNPrnT (120) - Indiana, USA - MAR 9, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Notes of spice, honey, sweet malt. Wow, a great Christmas beer/winter beer. Well done Great Lakes!
deekyn (989) - San Francisco, California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - pours clear amber with 1 finger head. S - very doughy/bready malts with some wintery spices and pumpkin pie spices. M - medium light body with low carb. Watery mf. T - this is very doughy. Sweet bready malts and spices. Cinnamon nutmeg and the like. Pumpkin pie-ish. Dry finish. O - simple and drinkable Christmas ale.
Wittales (552) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAR 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear ruby amber with tiny off white creamy 1/4 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are holiday spices, ginger, sweet toffee malt with slight English fruity yeasts, no alcohol. Taste are ginger, cinnamon, sweet crystal malts, caramel, estery yeasts, no alcohol. Palate was soft creamy smooth CO2 with medium body, soft balanced spice and malt sweetness of a finish. A wonderful winter ale.
stevoj (1623) - Boise, Idaho, USA - FEB 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from my brother. Lots of gingerbread and fruitcake, cinnamon and nutmeg. Seems like a decent English ale underneath the spice
icehawk (831) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Pours a clean brownish red pour with thin white head. Aroma of vanilla, dark malts, maybe even a hint of chocolate. Medium/light body with a slightly watery and flat mouthfeel. Tastes a bit earthy/dusty, with a hint of ginger as it warms.
tbopslt (326) - New York, USA - FEB 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber color. Sweet spiced aroma and taste. Full bodied. Strong finish. Enjoyable.
jahshuwuh (292) - USA - FEB 4, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gorgeous ruby color with a smattering of white head on the surface. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, other spices, some dark fruit as well, cherry. Light carbonated mouth with a good amount of sweet honey with the spices. Gingerbread type tastes, honey biscuit, very little bitter. Very good balance, not too sweet, spices works well. Good beer.
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italarican (1383) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle shared at the Foothills Sexual Chocolate pre-release party. Pours a clear gold with standard white head. Pleasant blend of ginger ale, sweet caramel, and some spicy cinnamon in the finish.
Beerwarlock (13) - Trafford, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 26, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very good winter ale. Another delicious beer from Great Lakes. I haven’t had a bad beer from them yet. Great look and great aroma. Lots of spice and a bit of honey. Very drinkable. Would recommend this to anyone who loves winter ales.