chalicemaster (111) - 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 it’s a typical christmas ale, but the taste is a little bit more than that. There’s a very pleasant balance of cinnamon and pine. People who don’t like christmas ales to taste like a spice cabinet probably won’t 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.
Cousin_Larry (767) - - DEC 24, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice winter brew with ginger spice. Usually I am not the biggest fan of lagers but this one is special. Good fit for the holidays.
jsquire (3970) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Muddy dark amber with almost no carbonation. Sweet nose with the promise of nutmeg and cinnamon. This is a sweet beer with lots of honey, pie crust, and the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spice expected in a spiced Christmas ale. The lack of carbonation is an issue. I had hoped for better.
bnokk (316) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
APPEARANCE - Dark amber, white head that dissipates pretty quickly.
NOSE - Spicy, yet some malty sweetness.
FLAVOR - it?s pretty good, feels like it?s attempting to be some of the more recognizable Christmas ales.
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2014
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 5/20
Christmas in July! (August, actually.)
Aroma: Honey and orange aromas--a bit heavy, though.
Appearance: Dark brown with a nice, tan head.
Taste: Light sweetness with a heavy sourness.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, long sour finish.
Overall: Yech. Tastes like sour honey. Poorly done.
cheap (4881) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
From a bottle but I must say I am not one for spiced winter beers. Dark pour. Smell is somewhat sweet laiden with winter spice. Typical spiced up higher alky flavored winter beer. A little rude on the finish but certainly has lots of that spicey personality if you like that kind of thing.
ChrisFields (98) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is some malt, then heavy ginger and cinnamon spice. Taste is largely the same, mostly holiday spice with some sweet malt flavor. Overall not terrible but not really my thing.
Dal9000 (395) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark almost black with a thin tan head. Pumpkin spice and coriander and anise spices. Bold immediate spice aroma and taste. Very nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy
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 can’t wait for next Christmas.
BVery (8911) - Plymouth, 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.