chalicemaster (111) - 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.
mcmisko (353) - New York, USA - MAY 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Brown, no head, smells like fresh christmas cookies, and ginger bread. Taste is dominantly spices, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. There are toasted malt notes hidden in there too, but it’s under all that spice. The spices are balanced, and though obvious, not too annoying for me. Carbonation is low. After taste has a slight warming from the spice, not very boozy at all for 8.6%.
mR_fr0g (4810) - Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - APR 27, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Leighton. Aroma is huge cinammon, sweet, Christmas spices, little soapy, Yankee candle. Reddy copper coloured pour with a thin off white head. Flavour is sweet, nutty, caramel malts, Christmas cake, with big Christmas spices, cinnamon, ginger, mint. Flavours have rounded out nicely. Palate is full, sweet, viscous, warming alcohol. The couple years of age have done this bottle pretty well.
Martinus (3522) - Baarle-Nassau, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear brown colour, white head. Spicy aroma, caramel, vanilla, wood, brown sugar, malts. Sweet flavour, brown sugar, spices, cinnamon. Sweet finish, cinnamon, Christmas spices, bourbon, caramel.
(from 66cL bottle @ ZZT XI, Oirschot. Bedankt voor het delen, Dré & Angela!)
Benzai (9646) - Oirschot, THE NETHERLANDS, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ ZZT XI. Clear amber color, small off-white head. Smell and taste herbs, spices, cinnamon, sweet, lightly caramel, wood. Decent body and carbonation. Compared to the regular version this is way better. It’s drinkable. But it is a herb, spice mostly cinnamon bomb.
ansjelaah (1629) - Westelbeers, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle @ Zzt’11. Brown color with a small head. Smells and tastes cinnamon, caramel. Nice.
DutchDrebus (4528) - Oirschot, NETHERLANDS - FEB 21, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle @ ZZT11. Clear copper colour with a very small off-white head. Smells cinnamon, rooibos, herbs, spices, sweet. Tastes cinnamon, sweet. Medium to full body, soft carbo.
zach8270 (3779) - Henrietta, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz - 2012 vintage) Dark copper pour with a thin white head. Huge spice and caramel aroma. Lots of caramel and a very mild spice in the flavor, and I was pretty sure I could detect some coconut hints in there as well. Big malt bomb with some light spice.
BrewHaMeister (227) - - DEC 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Mikey, is liquid Christmas in your mouth. Little head and lacing. Aromas of apples, cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg, raisins and more mulling spices. Flavor is late fall and Christmas. Yum!!! Oh yeah, and Mikey is also a nut sack!!!!
bytemesis (4134) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours reddish amber, small tan head, decent lacing. Aroma is hella spicy. Spiced cider, apple, cinnamon. Flavor is a straight up spiced cider, plus some caramel. Medium body. Tasty. Jimmy is a nut sack
ICEatALAMO (1087) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
PvW bottle. The pour is a light brown, lighter than I was expecting. The aroma is all holiday spice. The taste is a perfect blend or spice and bourbon. I get a lot of cinnamon. Very impressed with this beer, whether holiday or not.