Chalsk (1005) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Capone’s. Pours an amber color with an off white head. Aroma of grapefruit, caramel, pine, and earthiness. Sweet resinsy, caramel taste, with some grapefruit notes mixed in. Really excellent. Has the characteristics of a hoppy red ale.
HighlanderOne (952) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Aroma of brown sugar and orange peel. Cloudy mahogany, tan head. I taste citrus, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, pumpkin with a warming alcohol essence. Odd, sort of hybrid feel to it. Flavors tend to get heavy toward the end. Still, an interesting unique beer.
jcwattsrugger (10935) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle-pours a rich tan head with copper color. Aroma is spice, sweet medium malt-toffee. Taste is spice hops, sweet medium malt-toffee/some cocoa, alcohol.
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 (1102) - 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 (1735) - 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 (3999) - 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 (748) - 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 (723) - 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.