dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle poured into snifter. Well the aroma is definitely in the Christmas spirit but the flavor is just a big malty mess. Too spicy and sweet for my liking.
jsmerig (1051) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of spice and esters. Pours a deep brownish red. Taste is sweet malty and spicy. Therefore it’s aptly named. Couldn’t drink many but for occasional consumption only.
JMerritt (1724) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled, one year old. Dark garnet-orange in color, small light-tan head. Loads of multisized particles suspended throughout. Very spicy aroma - cinnamon is the most pronounced (red hot candies) with nutmeg, cocoa powder, brown sugar and juicy blood oranges rounding it out. The rather rich, sugary aroma is slightly reminiscent of a honeyed ham (minus the smoke), and there is a cherry highlight along with some brandy-ish alcohol. Moderately sweet flavor through and through from beginning to end, finishing with a very slight alcoholic burn atop some lightly toasted malts and charred wood. As it warms, the spices in the nose seem to become more subdued, letting in more light roast, wood and brandy characteristics. Pretty tasty for a year-old lager.
unclemattie (3917) - Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Copper color. Aroma of fruit cake, allspice, nutmeg, clove. Sweet holiday spice flavoring. Sugary honey fruit cake. Candied fruit. A bit strong for a lighter bodied beer.
vikingguy (702) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 1, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark red/amber. Spicy-sweet cinnamon aroma. Taste is rich malt and tons of spice. Complex array of caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, citrus, dark fruit, cloves and nutmeg. Sweet but balanced. Full bodied. This is Christmas in a glass - nearly perfect Christmas beer.
Bootus (14) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 1, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
caramel, licorice, woody, tan foam, brown, lightly bitter, medium sweetness
brian60625 (701) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Absolutely delicious: spicy, warm, medium bodied, deep mahogany colored, orange, nutmeg, low foam, and long lasting flavor. I agree with other reviewers that there’s a distinctive veggie taste, which was an unusual and enjoyable aspect. I’ll look forward to having this again next year.
jmohno (968) - Iowa, USA - NOV 23, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I find 2 things very intreging about this beer, that it is reall 9.5% and its brewed with a 2:1 ratio honey per # of malt, that is alot.
I popped this open thinking it was just a spiced session lager, there is all the spice in aroma not too much head.Mahogaony color, slick smooth mouthfeel .
I was detecting some vanilla but suspect it is from the honey,the rest is a big carmelly sweetness with lots of orange notes and a semi balanced bittering with herbal earthiness, a little bit of chocolate. It has a very nice finish though, but the rest seems a bit carmelly barleywineish that maybe could use some more herbal bittering to balance the thick malt.
It seemed pretty pumpkiny at first but then gets pretty barleywineish. You end up with a pretty sticky sweet mouth in the very end.
wlajwl (3346) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 22, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is spices and vegetables. The flavor is vegetables up front but with a decent maltiness beyond that mixes well with the spices. Not bad, would’ve been better without the vegetable flavor.
nick76 (4128) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The aroma is very spicy with caramel malt and citrus. The appearance is deep red amber with an average head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall this is a worthy holiday beer.