pintbypint (3327) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
1L brown swingtop bottle. Amber-brown colour, thick beige head. Nose is gingery, spicy, sweet. Sweet malts in the mouth, caramel, spicy notes (nutmeg), finishes moderately hoppy with some leafy/citrus tones, slight lingering bitterness with some nutty malt aftertaste. Trace of alcohol. Carbonation a bit prickly, medium bodied.
Gerbeer (3080) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 8, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Pours brown with little head. Aromas of malt and spice. Heavy spice flavors of nutmeg and all spice. Simply a pumpkin beer a month later. Needs to be fuller and sweeter to balance the spice and pass as a Xmas beer in my mind. Pass
TheJester (2503) - Cavan Monaghan, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 26, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
1 L flip top. Translucent coca-cola brown with a small head that fades to a ring. The aroma is mild - sweet malt and spice. The taste is sweet, with a combination of spices that are either subtle or cluttered to the point of being indistinguishable. No alcohol in the flavour. (It actually tastes better than I am making it sound - the spices, while difficult to distinguish, are not overwhelming by any means.) Medium body, and slightly bitter finish.
DeanF (2342) - Alberta, CANADA - SEP 7, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bought as a bottle in BC awhile back. Good tasting beer and I bought it specifically for the alcohol kick, which was significant in the one-litre bottle. Kind of a darker ale and not nearly as complex as one would hope from this style, however.
GothGargoyle (2318) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown with minimal pale head. Aroma is dates, figs, freshly mown grass, herbs. Thin bodied, sweet with no sign of bitterness and a slight dryness on the finish. Taste is figs, rosemary, cloves. Very interesting.
VertBaconStrips (2309) - Blerkablerka, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber sparkly paint, off white fizzy cap that lives as a skim with a bit of spotty lacing. Mild aroma. Warm and comforting due to the lack of overpowering spices. Oh, they are there but they exist in a proper portion for my liking. Sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, etc... roasted malts, dirt, raisins, more sweet spice than strong spice, caramel. The taste is also mildly spiced but not lacking a healthy dose of them. Caramel, pepper, roast malts similar to bocks, raisin, plum, marshmallows. Very very drinkable, nothing strong, good malts carry this beer with ease. I’m surprised at how much I don’t dislike this beer. I actually have no problem consuming the entire 1L bottle. My first Howe Sound beer - good initial impression. I just looked at the label and this is 7% - serious? Sure fooled me. Lots of carbonation seems to suit the beer very well. Medium malt finish with light spice now that it’s warmer. A smooth, easy drinking beer.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 28, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an amber colour with a decent off white head.
Gingerbread aroma precedes a fairly thin and overly complicated jumble of spice flavours.
bulldogops (1986) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rating #985 - February 16, 2014 - 1oz from a 1 L swingtop, $10.39 CAD at coop 7%. Clear amber pour, that produces a minimal bubbly foam even when poured aggressively. Aroma is potent, quite a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. Taste is malty and heavy on the nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, and sweet caramel. This is a pretty good seasonal, and despite the presence of fairly heavy flavours, it remains a balanced, full bodied ale.
Lagerboy (1908) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Unclear dark brown, minimal off white head. Sweet malt and baking spice aroma. Sweet caramel malt taste, lots of festive spices and dried fruit. Softly carbed, low hopped. Dry spiced fruit finish. Awesome Christmas beer! LF (Lagerboy Friendly)
Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Mahogany with a light head. Spotty lacing. Ginger and nutmeg in the nose. Some roast. Flavor has similar spices and some bitterness. Earthy and warm as well. Fuzzy finish with spice and sweet malts.