bnoel09 (410) - Elk Grove, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. Deep copper color with no real head. Aroma has a variety of spices and is reminiscent of gingerbread. Flavor matches the aroma well with some bitterness on the finish. Medium bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Overall a nice winter beer.
dnstone (2092) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Spiced aroma. Hazed amber color with a nice tan head. Hoppy and spiced flavor. A great holiday beer.
Palidor19 (2875) - Brandon, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
lots of herbs with a strange funkiness. hops are short and bitter with a spicy assortment
nick76 (4140) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUN 1, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma has malt, herbal hops, and spice. The taste is like the aroma. The appearance is amber. Overall not that good but has a nice spice quality.
J_man (651) - Tustin, California, USA - MAY 19, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 20, 2012 Found this holiday beer yesterday on 5/18 and had to rescue it. Strong sweet malty aroma with a cotton candy component coming off a clear copper/amber body with a foamy white head. Sweet caramel and toasted malt flavor with a good clove/nutmeg spice component. It’s one of the best balanced additions like this that I’ve had as it’s noticeable but not overwhelming or out of balance in any way. Good bitter, earthy hop bite that balances out some of the sweetness in a very good way. Spices, sugar and a little smokiness are left behind. This gets better and better as it warms up so don’t drink it too cold. Very well done holiday ale. It’s Christmas in May! **2012** Just had the 2011 version and my notes seem to still apply to this vintage. This is really a delicious holiday ale and I’m surprised it doesn’t get higher ratings.
hopscotch (8460) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle… Mostly clear amber ale with an orange tint and a mid-sized, creamy, white head. The bouquet lends a “secret blend of spices” – probably nutmeg, ginger and possibly clove – to compliment some really nice date and toffee notes. Medium to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel and snappy carbonation. The spicy, moderately sweet flavor presents brown sugar, caramel and sugar cookie flanked and balanced out a bit by medium woody bitterness and Christmas spices aplenty. Finishes bittersweet and dry. The sweetness quickly fades, but the bitterness hangs on a good while. Solid.
smith4498 (2843) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours slightly hazy copper color with off white head. Smells like a pumpkin pie with cinnamon and nutmeg and some toasted malts. Similar flavors. Medium body with lively carbonation.
Ibrew2or3 (6441) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 21, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber pours clear copper with tan head. The mild aroma offers up holiday spices, caramel malts, crystal malts, some sweet dark fruity esters and hints of vague hoppiness. The taste begins a touch creamy on the palate and introduces pine hop flavor mixing with malts, crystal type malts and winter-ish spices. The pine hop presence grows in bitterness as well as the winter spiciness. These notes go well together and I’m really enjoying this. It leaves a moderate level of pine hop like bitterness lingering. Great winter brew.
StefanSD (1990) - Lakeside, California, USA - JAN 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle from bev4less. Pours a hazy copper color with a big foamy off-white head that has good retention. The aroma is mild with piney hops, sweet grains and mulling spices like nutmeg, cloves and allspice. The taste is hops forward with piney biter hops followed by the mulling spices and a good caramel malt backbone. The palate is full and smooth with lively carbonation. Finishes somewhat short and clean. Overall: Very tasty
theOptimator (272) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 18, 2010
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Aroma is malty and spicy. Appearance is brownish. Taste is awful. Was told by waitress this is the house amber with "spicy/tangy tea bags" added. I wasnt sure if I should laugh or barf.... until I tried the beer. This beer is a disaster.