AnnaEA (12) - Canton, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Looks beautiful in the glass, a lovely reddish amber with a light foamy head. Tastes of spices! And more spices! Normally I’m not to fond of higher alcohol content beers, but this one is so spice rich that it smooths the burn out nicely. The spices overwhelm any other flavors for me, with such a rich melange that I feel like I might be on Arrakis.
phaleslu (9415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle from Jungle Jim’s-Eastgate. Pours a bright, clear reddish amber with a small off-white head. Big nose and flavor, consistent with one another. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, toasted and caramel malts, vanilla, brown sugar, and some bourbon warmth. Like a slightly sweeter, boozier gingerbread cookie. Medium-bodied, with a sweet and spicy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Really excellent barrel-aged winter beer. Fun to drink and share.
AirForceHops (6299) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle from One Stop Market, Haverhill, MA. Dark mahogany color with no head anywhere in the snifter. Aroma is nothing short of amazing. Ginger covered in cinnamon, winter mint and hints of clove. The flavor is mirror image of the aromas. It reminds me of a gingersnap cookie soaked in a whiskey barrel. The whiskey is a light nuance and the spices are the Christmas season on steroids. Medium to full in body with a rye malt finish. This bottle is for sure a year old since it was purchased in August. Really nice surprise.
Fritz123 (1535) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 4, 2015 Draft at the Hoppin Frog tasting room in Akron, OH. 5oz pour. Golden-amber in color with a thin white head. No real lacing. Aroma was powerful with spices like cinnamon, allspice, cloves and booze. The taste was very sweet (more than I really like). Spices come through especially the cinnamon. Full body for the style and oily. The booziness is prevalent and the overall flavor is washed away in the sweetness. Not my favorite from HF.
gyllenbock (7999) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - DEC 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber with a small head. Aroma and taste of apples, cinnamon, spices, toffee, nutmeg and some fruit. Not too sweet. A real "Christmas Beer".
thornecb (5538) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Tan head quickly recedes to nothing. Nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Thin with pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon turning warming in the lasting finish. Slight bourbon afterburn is nothing special, but brings the base brew up a couple of notches.
SirLimpsalot (3817) - SWEDEN - DEC 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
@Gyllenbock: stor doft av ingefära och pepparkakor. Smaken är lika så. Mycket jul och juökryddor. Ganska tvålig men ändå klockren.
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merc7186 (2953) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma: Apple Cider, Cinnamon, Mild Sweet Bread
Appearance: Orange/Amber Hue, Passes Mild Light, Thin White Head Ring, Minimal Lacing
Taste: Mildly Boozy Apple Cider, Cinnamon
Mouthfeel: Average Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Mildly Sweet
chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
The flavor profile here is a surprisingly balanced malt and spice combo, almost comes across as a very serviceable take on a Belgian dark ale. The bourbon element is enjoyable, but in sweet, oily way - there’s very little in the way of genuine oak flavor here, or at the very least, it doesn’t come out that way in the mix. Well worth a try, however, and certainly in the upper tier of christmas beers that saturate the market this time of year.
TrappistenOli (320) - Bern, SWITZERLAND - OCT 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Braun, opaltrüb, kein schaum, würzig und nach relativ stark nach zimt im aroma, süsslich im geschmack, zimt, gutes weihnachtsbier
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