TheEpeeist (3050) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Clearish amber brown with a thin beige head. Nose is malt, nutmeg and cinnamon but not much ginger. Medium light with zingy carb. Taste is very sweet with a big hit of same spices. Spice bomb? Kind of buttery, a bit plastic with a bitter spice residue. Strange stuff.
Theis (12131) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - DEC 24, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home - christmas evening - shared with Mette. Clear dark brown - offwhite head. High spicy, high sweetness, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, syrup, candy, ryebread, nutty, light ginger, rosated, soft bod, light hoppy. OK - too spicy.
AgedOak (98) - Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz bomber. A ruby copper hue presents with this Christmas Ale. Aroma is of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg reminding me of Christmas time gingerbread cookies fresh from the oven. A lush full mouthfeel is immediately apparent upon the first taste. Cinnamon, ginger and a subtle note of nutmeg power the flavor here and completely masks the alcohol content. As this ale warms the warming feel of the alcohol comes through. This is an alcohol gingerbread cookie.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 23, 2009
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The color is a clear red amber color with no head at all. The nose is an overwhelming nutmeg and cinnamon aroma. As you sip on it the flavor is very cider like and tastes like a ginger snap. It is very herbal and spicy. Overall it has a lot of carbonation and the flavor is well blended. The flavor sticks on your palate and leaves a lasting impression.
nearbeer (3283) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 24, 2009 22 oz. Cloudy ruby-copper with a small, lasting film of creamy foam. Nose is big ginger and cinnamon. Flavor is all ginger and cinnamon. Maybe some light nutshell in the way-aftertaste. Medium body is smoothly carbonated and drinkable. Drain pour. Lighten up on the spices McFrog.
DialSquare (2046) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber courtesy of my Mother-in-law from Andersons in Toledo. Reddish brown pour with a finger of light tan head. Big Christmas baking aromas - cinnamon, ginger, clove and nutmeg. The taste is dominated by the cinnamon but still seems fairly balanced somehow (unless you dislike cinnamon I suppose). Caramel and bready malts backing it up. Little bit of the alcohol warmth is felt in a medium body with light carbonation. This is really good for a style I tend not to like. Great for sitting around the winter fire... or, in Florida, the winter airconditioner.
ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to whoever popped this at the ORF release! Dark brown pour. Big nutmeg aroma. Flavor is in your face spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Whoa
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle sample at the Christmas beer tasting at Blacklick Wine & Spirits on 12/17/09. Clear reddish amber pour with a medium beige head. Sweet malt and huge spice aroma that is mostly cinnamon with a sprinkle of ginger. Flavor is absolute spice bomb. Tastes like chewing on a cinnamon stick. Some ginger and malty sweetness (but not too much) in there as well. I love spice beers and have always wondered whether there was such a thing as too much for me. This was a very good beer, but it did cross that line I didnít know was there. I still prefer it to anything thatís way too subtle on the spice.
Cornfield (5274) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from the Binnyís in Orland Park, Illinois: This poured a clear chestnut body with a respectable tan head. The aroma was rife with cinnamon and a touch of ginger dryness over dark caramel and milk chocolate malt scents. In the flavor the cinnamon carried the day as well, supported by the malty sweetness and ginger. (The nutmeg never really made an impression on me.) Itís a pretty straightforward holiday brew, but for some reason this one slides down well. And the sturdy alcohol content, althouch undetectable in aroma or flavor, is a plus once it warms over the veins.
BernieLomax (19) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells and tastes very similar to Southern Tier Pumpking, but a little more seasonal. This beer is pedestrian and nothing to cause a fuss over. It is good, but too sweet for me as I prefer the complexity of Belgium Christmas Ales.