Gurst (338) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - FEB 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drinking this is kind of like putting a few juicy oranges into an old sock (for that spicy kick!), pouring in honey until it begins to ooze out the heel, and then smacking yourself with it in the face. This is the most extreme over-the-top OMGíd bloody saccharine beer Iíve ever tasted. In order of noticing: Orange, honey, nutmeg, licorice, alcohol, molasses, raisin, apricot, cinnamon, ginger, pine. Smells awesome, though.
dekester1 (336) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark brownish red with a beige lacing. Aroma was of malts, spices (e.g. clove, cinnamin, etc.) with a slight fruity tinge. Taste is extremely rich - malt and spices with a heavy alcohol backdrop but not really ífuelishí taste of a HG malt liquor. I also caught a slight prunish hue due to the mix. Palate was nice and thick. Overall, basically a nice holiday season meal-in-a-bottle. Be prepared, this stuff has punch as well.
mrjaxson (336) - .08 Junction, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Two great signs of the holiday season, A Charlie Brown Christmas and the return of Lakefrontís Holiday Spice. One of these years, Iíve got to try them together.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUL 11, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to the Dallas crew! Medium to dark brown with thick white head. Nose of clove, cinnanmon, and malt. Heavey mouthfeel with drying spicey finish.
bobman006 (326) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. 2010. Dark brown with light beige head. Aromas of toffee, cocoa, orange, allspice, tobacco, leather, honey. Flavors of toffee, allspice, cocoa, tobacco, orange, honey, alcohol. Sweet finish, slightly cloying. Full body with oily mouthfeel and moderate carbonation.
Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Now, this is based on a 3 year old aged version. First off, points for the fact that it even held up. Second, that some funky bacteria didnít appear over time and kill off the three of us who wearily tried this non-sedimented lager. Heavy spice profile with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Weak body and a slight cloying character to it, but drinkable. Poor head retention. Hold on........Santa, is that you? Dammit, you screwed me last Christmas! Gimme some Darklord or Westy and get that damn elf out of here. How the hell did you get in anyway!?!? Freakiní elves always steal my hops!..................................wait, that must be some bacterial funk thatís tripping me out. Damn, non-bottle conditioned beers. Whoa........sleepy time. Better not forget to leave the cookies and milk out...........I better get some good beer this year or itís venison cooked over the planks of a certain "sleigh"...........ZZZZZZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzz
tomxcs (321) - California, USA - DEC 30, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow, thanks mom. She got me a mixed six for Christmas and didnít do a half bad job (except for the crappy A-B "micro," which actually was not horrible). I really enjoyed it. A nice, lasting head on this one, with a dark burnt red body. "Pumpkin pie" spices and oranges, flowery honey; spicy & alcoholic in nose and flavor. Zesty orange & honey flavors, sweet but bitter, making your lips stick together but leaving your mouth a little puckery. Silky body with drying alcohol. EtOH very well hidden behind spices and sugars. Iím going to have to pick more of this up! Much, much better than I expected...
ChrisPants (317) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 15, 2005
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
My batch is certainly past its prime, so this rating might not be totally fair--however, it may help show how this brew ages. Smells of moldy nutmeg, but it must have been bright and festive three months ago. Rich brownish-amber pour with some head, lasting almost a minute. Body is decomposing into separate nutmeg, honey, malt, and hop--all in proportion, but not blending together well at this point. Mouthfeel is malty and a bit thick, finishing in an explosion of large bubbles. Iíll keep an eye out for this one next November and see what the new batch is like.
UPDATE: I just checked the stats on ratings by month, and, sure enough, this lager has run its course. Try it next year.
DMLINAZ (309) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very flavorful, great winter warmer on Christmas morning. ABV packs a wallop, unexpected for a lager. Caramel base with winter spices. Almost a syrupy mouthfeel, in a good way.
evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very slightly hazy red, with very little head. Aromas are banana and nutmeg, some orange, and honey. Cool! Taste is a bit boozy (for a second), followed by a light caramel flavor, more banana and spices, with a solid chunk of orange zest in the finish, along with some more booze. Delightful.