jsquire (3437) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - AUG 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep amber color out of the bottle with a thin beige head. Huge spicey nose with ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, Very heavy spice flavors. If you like spiced beers then this is one. Lots of cinnamon, orange and ginger. I can’t imagine drinking a whole big bottle of this, but it is a nice Christmas treat.
Rastacouere (6126) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 26, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clearish dark orange. Lasting sticky ring. Enormous gingerbread nose with the other spices very noticeable as well. Can’t help but make you think of those pumkin ales as the spicemix is so similar. In mouth though, it has a fair toasty cakeyness from its dark malts. Strong christmas cake with cherries and dark grapes notes. Soft chocolate whispers shut it all as the spices linger and linger for minutes. Very noticeable alcohol all throughout, intensified by the constant heavy sweetness. Despite the residual sugars, the body remains thin and weakly carbonated, feeling a bit sloppy. A very intense experience that must be paradise for spicey christmas ale lovers, but tough to finish for those who prefer subtlety and balance. My camp is unfortunately the latter. The 1000 IBU of spice beers.
Sledutah (4665) - Utah, USA - AUG 8, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle shared by douglas88
Appearance: Pours clear dark copper with a small off-white head and some leaving some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Nutmeg cinnamon and ginger
Taste; Spices, nutmeg and pumpkin
Decent Christmas beer, would taste great sitting around the tree on Christmas Day
douglas88 (5934) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Pours a dark red color with a medium white head. A sweet spicy aroma of caramel and cinnamon and ginger. The flavor is well-done, not over the top spicy but instead quite drinkable; sweet caramel and lots of cinnamon. Some zingy ginger. Easygoing and nice.
BBB63 (6019) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - AUG 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in my Coresndonk XMAS glassware (after a good cleaning to get that syrupy mess of a Heavy Seas Triple outta there): Yeah, at least this looks like and smells like an actual Christmas brew for that makes me happy with it’s chestnut and mahogany hue topped by a frothy head. Wow, who just shoved a Christmas fruit cake up my nose? Yep that is what it is, no mistaking the cinnamon, ginger snaps or the nutmeg here. No Quarter, No Mercy and while I often find these heavy spiced beers a turn off, something about the caramelized, bakers chocolate, rye / pumpernickel bread and may I say Eggnog vapours sort of actually work here.
The taste follows suit almost to a fault, full frontal spice overtones supported by sweet and dark malts and some light handed tones of over ripened fruits. Okay, the excitement of the nose becomes muted by those overwhelming spice characteristics, but it was fun for a brief moment. Ultimately, my dislike for crushing and over-the-top spice tones did get the best of me. At 2-4 ounces this is a neato trip but after that I just wish it would go away and these words I type would magically appear and save. Now, there is something I wanna say here... this becomes more a Pumpkin Ale when it warms... things that make you go... hum?
Sammy (8566) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 31, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I enjoyed this change of pace. Not too sweet, the natural sweetness of cinammon is well blended by ginger’s pungency, and some spice from nutmeg. Ginger is usually off-putting to me, with few exceptions. This was one. Too much for one to finish the bomber. The mouthfeel is easy, and it is not thick. The beer smelled winter warmer.May have enjoyed it more at a supper.
sayravai (4674) - Helsinki, FINLAND - JUL 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
(Bottled, 0.65l, sampled 2010-03-02) Hazy dark red with a very small, fading head. Extremely rich cinnamon-clove-cardamom-christmasy nose. Also flavor has an extreme Xmas-spiciness, with at least cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg. Medium to full body, quite low on CO2. Not a bad Xmas beer, but maybe they could have taken it easier with the spice rack.
thedm (4935) - Fort Wayne, USA - JUL 4, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This bottled brew from a bottle shop poured a small sized head of foamy medium sized white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent orange brown colored body and a poor lacing. The aroma was spicy and herb. The mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of spices and herbal. An OK brew just nothing special.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JUN 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
In the bomber bottle from Lueken’s. Pours brown with a thin beige head. Aroma like a freshly baked pumpkin pie. Tastes like a liquid pumpkin pie in a bottle. This is far more pumpkin than anything billed as such. A real holiday treat.
fear025 (213) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma:Lots of Ginger, Cinnamon, Clove, vanilla, orange. French toast with Syrup.
Appearance:Amber, no head, slightly thick and syrupy texture, like southern sweet tea. Not opaque.
Taste:Cinnamon, and mulling spices in the foretaste. Slightly sour tang midtaste. Nutty aftertaste, maybe chestnuts.
Palate:Very little carbonation. Nice creamyness, nice alcoholic warmth. Tingle from ginger.
Overall:This is a fantastic Christmas ale, I taste it and am transported to the hottub in a gingerbread house.