haddon90 (1492) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at the brewpub at CLE. Pours a clear copper color with a thin white head. Various spices in the aroma. Some cinnamon, ginger, and honey. Light and not overpowering. Nice sense of the spices. You can definitely sense the honey and I like that. Very unlike other xmas ales that I have had.
jtclockwork (8962) - , New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours copper amber. Nose/taste of ginger, cinnamon, spice, honey and light malt. Medium body.
ESPh (84) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 21, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice Amber color and white head. Very smooth, ginger, honey, cinnamon, malt and exactly enough bitterness to keep it from being sweet. Will look for this in the future; excellent Christmas beer.
Lemke10 (826) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 20, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, amber color with decent head. The aroma is mildly malty. The taste is decent with lots of grains and malt. Not bad, a little over rated in my opinion but still quite drinkable.
Vandeija (2) - - DEC 19, 2014 does not count
3.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a great beer with a cinnamon and sugar rim. The beer paired well with a classic Irish beef stew.
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ryrpat (149) - Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice season beer. Definitely gives off the Xmas spirit. Not sure about the steep cost but would drink one if available
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ARH (568) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. Initially ginger ale and lime aromas kick off the beer, but this fades and is replaced by honey, cinnamon, warm caramel, berries, and sweet citrus. The beer is sparkling clear and effervescent with a copper orange color and a dense, soapy and creamy, white head. A medium ring and cloudy surface is retained, with a decent, webby lace, consisting of tiny bubbles. The taste is a medium sweet and medium bitter - slightly more sweet than bitter. The texture is oily and fizzy with a medium full body. Caramel, honey, and cinnamon flavors are present on the palate with a light, toasted gingerbread and zesty spice finish followed by citrus peel waxy swallow. More honey comes through as it warms and it leaves a mellow, syrupy and waxy, spice and dark chocolate aftertaste.
Yinzerita (17) - - DEC 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
One of the better xmas ales ive had. Good honey taste with aome ginger kick to it. Very malty not much hops which i actually prefer. Would recommend but a case of this is about $15 too much.
coombuyah26 (7) - Youngstown, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2014 does not count
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured into a snifter. Decent foamy head, but it doesn’t last. Aroma is like an amber ale infused with honey. Some notes of the ginger in there too. Taste is definitely honey up front, with the more subtle spices coming through on the back end. Appropriately carbonated with a very nice, warm finish. I feel like the ginger has been toned down this year, but production is up, so who am I to complain?
obguthr (4097) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Honey, cinnamon, golden grahams cereal aroma. Clear copper, thin head. Strong honey and kibble flavor, slight cardboard, even more subtle cinnamon, ginger, and cardamom. Medium body, harsh mouthfeel. No more spicing than you would want. Nice underlying base beer and not some random garbage.
dlovell2 (899) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours hazy copper color with white head. Aroma is candied fruit, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Really nice stone fruit start with candied sugar and very light cinnamon and ginger flavor. This beer is how I imagine sugar plums would taste.