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.
jredmond (6938) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 15, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at RnHw with Linh. Pours a deep, murky brown body. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Mouthfeel is medium to creamy with notes of vanilla and nutmeg. Way too much Yankee Candle character.
Aherbelste (29) - - DEC 25, 2015
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
This beer is quite bad. It smells and tastes like some strange mix of dark ale with sweet wine, rancid candy and spice. Just went too far experimenting with this product.
ryecatcher (1169) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Amber-brownish pour, small off-white head with not much retention. Nose is spice forward (lots of Cinnamon and Ginger), brown sugar, caramel, cedar, bourbon notes. Mouth is medium-full, kinda oily, sweet with a shitload of spice, caramel, toast, dried fruit, booze. Tastes like a gingerbread man who drank too much whiskey at grandma’s house after Thanksgiving dinner. Ringing in the holiday season. Ho,ho,ho. Gonna need aspirin in the morning,
jamaty (1614) - Madrid, SPAIN - JUN 7, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Marrón rojiza medianamente turbia. Mínima espuma ligeramente tostada que pronto queda en nada. Nuez y especias en el aroma. Whisky y canela en el sabor, envueltos en malta. Calorcito alcohólico. Cuerpo medio y alta carbonatación. Buena cerveza de Navidad, sin estar a la altura de las grandes.
mcmisko (355) - 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 (7237) - 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 (4317) - 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 (11852) - 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 (1746) - 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 (5275) - 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.