red91 (3) - North Olmsted, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I have had this beer the last several years. Great Lakes newest bottling in 2004 is good but not one of there better ones. Besides the price, the beer is a classic when it comes to celebrating the Christmas season. The 2004 bottling is lacking in the bold spice of nutmeg and overpowering honey finish. Overall Great Lakes put out another solid product.
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!
zsk (3) - USA - FEB 13, 2008 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a fantastic brew. Spices come thru, but donít over power the malt and hops. Cinnamon and honey are prevalent.
craigo19 (4) - Michigan, USA - JAN 12, 2010 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The smell and taste of the various spices makes this a very special beer. This is one of the best Christmas beers on the market.
AircooledVW (1) - Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Fantastic beer. Had it from the tap while at the Brewery in Cleveland. Had to get some to go.
Pjh1469 (1) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2011 does not count
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This beer is amazing!I am lucky to live in Ohio because every Xmas season we have this wonderful beer.Very limited,store/bar owners fight and complain to supply it to there needy customers.I work for a beer distributor and Iíve never seen anything like it.
This beer has a red tint and an un-usual white head.the aroma is great...like a ginger cinnamon honey blend.The flavors explode in your mouth upon first sip,like I hear time and time again...."itís like Christmas in your mouth".Iím not exaggerating when I say itís clearly one of the best beers Iíve ever had,my friends,family and myself are hooked on it.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2012 Stupendous seasonal ale- herbal pine on the nose with a hint of roasted malt. Super taste with well hidden alcohol, espeically considering the booze content in this one. Light amber colored pour with a thin, white head. Snag this one while you can.
BrewIPA (71) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best ales I have had in a long time. This is my new favorite winter beer. A wonderful balance of cinnamon and honey. A hearty ale for the holiday season! Great job Great Lakes.
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ryecatcher (543) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2011
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice deep amber color, aromas of pie spice and malt. Hints of ginger, cinnamon and allspice with a warm finish. Pairs well with pumpkin pie and ginger bread. Easily my favorite holiday brew. If this beer is the best GLBC has to offer, then Cleveland really does rock.
uhljoseph (64) - TAMPA, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
A great Christmas ale that's hard to find. One of my favorites for the holiday season if you can find it.
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