NikkTwist (964) - 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 (805) - 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 (91) - 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 (911) - 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 (1409) - Conshohocken, 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 (1398) - 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 (804) - 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 (1383) - , 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.
damzz (188) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Head is light brown with lacing in streaks. Aroma: hoppy spice nose. Appearance is translucent mahogany. The body is lighter than I had expected buy fine. The immediate taste on the palate is the spiciness of the hops, which I first thought was added spice but there aren’t any. This is all brew. The maltiness is quickly overtaken by the hops. This keeps to the spicy character of a Christams Ale without the added spices. Enjoy!
beerbill (3047) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 18, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. My first rating for this brewer. Pours a clear reddish amber, more red than amber, with a thin-moderate linen white head that lasted through the first quarter of the glass and left light lace. Light aroma of malt and really not much else. The flavor is malty with some light roast and just a bit of sweetness. There is some light spice present in the flavor as well. Light bitterness at the finish. Medium bodied. No problems.