GIJOE (1082) - North Berwick, Maine, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a reddish brown. Nose is ginger snaps and malt. Taste is somewhat sweet. Nice Christmas ale.
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osvdale (5) - - DEC 3, 2015 does not count
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
You’ve heard of comfort food? Well this is comfort beer. A nice robust carmelly taste with a very crisp finish.
Erzengel (7757) - Wuppertal, GERMANY - JAN 4, 2015
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
* Old rating. 12 Fl.Oz. bottle, best before N 10. Dunkel-dickflüssiges Bier, Gewürze, brauner Zucker, aber nicht sonderlich tief. Nicht sonderlich aromatisch-bitter, echt enttäuschend...
alexsdad06 (9007) - Ohio, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by a friend from notes. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a medium sized off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, brown sugar, nuts, some mild spices and earthy hops. Nothing great, but one of the better beers from these guys my friend was able to share.
HeistAlmighty (1156) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - AUG 23, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
355ml bottle. Amber colour. Bready and a little boozy. A solid strong ESB; maybe higher rating than it merits because is is so to my personal taste.
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ben4321 (5694) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Location: 12 oz bottle from Buy Rite, 5/20/14
Aroma: The aroma is rich and malty, fruity, some caramel, toffee, and brown sugar
Appearance: It pours a clear amber color with a fizzy beige head and occasional lace
Flavor: The flavor, like the nose, is rich and malty as well, pretty sweet, with a light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium-full, it has a fairly thick texture, and a lively carbonation
This is some pretty solid stuff, and pretty sweet too. The carbonation hurts the drinkability here a bit. Overall, this is a solid example of the style, but not something I see myself seeking out.
Bulk_Carrier (3734) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a chestnut/copper colored body, small white one finger head, lacing slid quickly into the body.
The smell had a sweet subdued caramel, slightly bready.
The taste was pretty much the same, but coming through in a bland sort of way.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, slightly sessionable, creamy aftertaste, sweet bready finish.
Overage average for the style, but acutally I liked it and went nicely with some Christmas cookies.
DocLock (9998) - 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 (58) - 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 (2714) - 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.