chalicemaster (109) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark red, almost no head. On the nose itís a typical christmas ale, but the taste is a little bit more than that. Thereís a very pleasant balance of cinnamon and pine. People who donít like christmas ales to taste like a spice cabinet probably wonít like this. Where this ale lets itself down, however, is in the complete lack of aftertaste. You get the nice mix of flavour on your tongue but it just fades into mild malt in the finish. A real missed opportunity because the initial sips are arguably better than Great Lakes Christmas Ale. It just overwhelms the tastebuds and leaves you unable to really enjoy it beyond a certain point.
tallison1956 (2) - Uniontown, Ohio, USA - APR 10, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a fantastic tasting seasonal. It has a good variety of sweetness and spice. I canít wait for next Christmas.
BVery (5152) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Buckeye Beer Engine. Clear rich reddish amber pour with a smaller white head. Cinnamon and ginger dominate this one. Pretty tasty, really.
michcam8 (243) - Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour with little head and lacing. Not much in aroma and taste, some spice flavor comes thru with little malt. Ok, but would not seek out.
mandalarules (104) - Akron, Ohio, USA - AUG 7, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured on draft at Bottles 101 in Kent. Aroma of Christmas, ginger and cinnamon. Flavor of a cinnamon stick with a hint of ginger. Mouthfeel has a medium body with moderate carbonation. A nice Christmas ale but nothing to special. There was something that was missing for me.
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Hophead22 (2880) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 3, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle from George, thanks! Rating #2. Slightly hazy dark amber color with a beige head. Big sweet spicy aroma, cinnamon and ginger big time. Flavor is the same, very Christmasy and not too bad. (2208)
Dogbrick (6863) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours a dark amber color with a medium foamy white head that dissipates slowly to a film. Patches of lacing on the glass. Aroma of sweet spices and malt. Medium body with a cinnamon and ginger character with caramel malt in the background. The finish is sweetly spiced with a malt aftertaste. Decent overall.