DocLock (7481) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours coppery with off-white head. Nose is earthy, caramel malt, x-mas spice, with a spiced ESB flavor and medium palate.
arojewski (41) - Old Bridge, New Jersey, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured caramel with a thick head. Nose like maple syrup? Not especially bitter, but nearly sweet, reminding me of other sweeter brown ales.
NikkTwist (1383) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at the Khyber. Poured a somewhat dark red amber brown with a large fizzy white head that mostly disappeared. Candied syrupy ESB that finished mostly dry. Chocolate caramel pinecones. Definite earthy notes as well. Slight hint of smoke. Full sharp bitter blunted with some darker malt flavors. Not quite Christmasy, though maybe some nutmeg and cinnamon may be hiding in there.
kevd193213 (841) - Hope Valley, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught. Light copper pour with a thin creamy head. Aroma of faint hops and pepper. Thin mouthfeel with a nice sharp finish.
hoju777 (136) - FRANCE - DEC 9, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells sweet, like cherries. Reddish brown, like cherry coke. Tastes like flat cherry coke, but with bubbles. Dark and joyless. Like flat cherry coke.
BeerFanDan17 (954) - Brunswick, Maine, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very malty with hints of pumpkin spice, butternut squash, and apricot. Mild hoppiness.
Leafs93 (1603) - Dunmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber with an off-white head which dissipated quickly. Aroma is caramel, cinnamon and grass. Taste is sweet with very very light bitters. Light mouthfeel, was expecting something a little more substantial.
jeff789 (1404) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz bottle, clearly filtered brownish amber with a quickly fading off white head... deeply malty aroma, some dark sugars, light light fruits, caramel aroma... pretty sweet flavor, tastes like it should be sticky, lightly roasty, a light grassy hop tries to cut the sweetness and kinda fails, medium body that drinks heavy bc of the sweetness... i dont get much of a traditional esb type flavor out of this, i guess one could argue that is on the lines of an english strong ale or perhaps even a thin scotch ale...
jsmerig (1142) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with red tones. Aroma is of cinnamon and other spice. Taste is malty at the start with a nutty finish.
BroSpud (1596) - , Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber with very little head and medium carbonation. Primary taste is malty caramel with enough hop bitterness to keep it honest. No spices whatsoever which I find odd for something labeled as a Christmas beer.