DuffMan (8809) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared at game night. Medium amber with a lively off white head, floculent colloidal yeast at the end of the pour. Fairly simple profile of caramel and marzipan flavours, light sweet spiciness.
maeib (8749) - Wootton, Northampton, Northamptonshire, ENGLAND - APR 17, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. A dark amber coloured beer with a whitish head and lacing. The aroma is thick and gluey. Some brown bread and heavy malts. A really really chewy mouthfeel. Malty and bready. Quite sweet. Not sure why this is called a Christmas beer. Overridingly chewy.
marcus (8597) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 21, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits. Pours amber with a thick off-white head and a toffee aroma. There is a carbonated caramel malt flavor with candi sugar and spice. Good but not exceptional.
Skinnyviking (8427) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - DEC 10, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Off white head. Dark red brown body. Very spicy aroma with hints of vanilla. Caramel, raisin smooth flavor, low carbonated. Definately a surprise.
mabel (8014) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 12, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
[975-20071215] 1pt9.4floz (Holiday Tasting 2007 @ Cole’s, Buffalo, NY). Strange boozy grass yeast malt aroma has a bit of fresh plant leaf. Clear, amber orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head. Sweet boozy malt grain flavour has a hint of paint can. Boozy medium body. Awesome with Buffalo chicken wings.
bb (7986) - Alamo, California, USA - JUN 15, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Caramel colored beer with a light tan head. Caramel and light yeast aroma. Caramel and light yeast/light spice flavor with light candied fruit. Medium bodied. Caramel and light candied fruit lingers with light spice and light yeast.
douglas88 (7958) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle at the Bayou shared with MikeJ. Pours a mostly clear amber color with a medium white head. A sweet spicy nose with some caramel and cherries. The flavor is very nice; smooth spices, cloves, a decent amount of hops, light fruit, quite sweet with biscuit and caramel. Very smooth, a great Holiday brew.
drowland (7723) - Georgia, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12/1/10. 750mL bottle courtesy Lance. Caramelled raisin aroma and flavor with hints of bitter herbs and nuts... not bad!
motelpogo (7705) - Plzen, CZECH REPUBLIC - JUL 6, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled. Amber with a short-lived head; aroma of red berry, wet metal railings and dried pear; quite frothy, some pleasant orchard fruit but then a tinny tang with a hint of the wrong kind of funk. Could have used a more refined use of Christmas spices
Ughsmash (7501) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 9, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750mL bottle BB 3/22/07. It’s supposed to be in the 30s this week... I can drink a Christmas beer :) Poured a translucent lighter ruby with almost nothing going on for head. The nose resonated with lighter, fruity candi sugars.. sweet, but natural.. a bit dried with light spicage and a bit of bread. Sweet syrupy flavors, but not the texture in the mouth.. free-flowing sweetened dried apricots and other fruits, a pinch of cayenne pepper, nutmeg, and mild floral bitterness come together quite nicely with increasing complexity and intrigue culminating in a sweet and spicy long-lived finish. Body became thicker as the drink progressed, and lower carbonation provided an ideal pace across the palate. This was very enjoyable, and almost impossible to beat at $3.99 :)