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.
reggiedunlop (3405) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 29, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
poured a nice reddish brown color with a medium whitish head. aroma is christmasy but stale...stale cinnamon, nutmeg, mulled cider, some citrus. flavor is of pine and cinnamon with some other muddled xmas spices...tastes like a christmas candle smells. mouthfeel is a bit silky but the finish has too much alcohol flavor...
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 5, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Small head, off-white in color. Body is a dark amber... more brown. Light malty aroma covered by a pleasant spicy (nutmeg?) nose. Light bitter hops are covered by sweet malt and spices. Not too bad, but still not what I like to drink. Everything did seem to balance nicely.
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. I’ll 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.
RSRIZZO (1876) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - OCT 10, 2007
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had this beer on 12/22/2002. Aroma is spicy with the scent of Christmas. Color is a heavy orange with a dense fog of floty shit. Carbonation and head are good Taste rich, sweet and spicy. Starting with full medium body that goes down with a rich heavy feel. Finish comes in strong with a rich sweet taste that is backed by a strong spicy flavor. Although I like a nice rich winter brew this one seems to over do it a bit too much. It is a good example of what some of the other brewers should be going for when they make a weak winter.
aracauna (3191) - Georgia, USA - DEC 31, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This one is just too sweet to be good. The body is a clear brown, with an ok head. There’s a cloying caramel sweetness to the malt. No hop bitterness to balance and some noticeable pie spice.
travita (4309) - Frisco, Texas, USA - SEP 8, 2009
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle thanks to bu11zeye. The look is clear, amberish in color, and has an off white head. The smell s honey, spices, fruits. The taste is sweet, very sweet, fruits, honey, spices. Sort of artificial.
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Unbalanced lots of nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. If this is trying to be like Anchor Steam Special Ale it falls well short. Mainly taste the alcohol in it and it does pack a pretty good punch, Wouldn’t seek this out was not impressed with their Pumpkin beer when I had it years ago. Nice try but it misses the mark.
bu11zeye (12109) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - AUG 16, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
(12oz bottle) Pours a clear amber body with a small off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, apple, nutmeg, orange peel, and ginger. Flavor of orange, apple, clove, caramel, honey, and ginger.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JUL 8, 2010
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Pours a cloudy, brown-amber colored body with a very thin, light brown head that dissipates immediately and leaves a light lacing. Aroma is sweet and spicy with a thick caramel malt backing and plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some orange peel, ginger bread cookies, and syrupy honey. Flavor is pretty messy. Lots of caramel, brown sugar, and ginger bread cookies with way too much spicing. Off-balance cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger with only a hint of orange peel. Finishes dry and sticky with a lengthy aftertaste. Full, messy, sticky body with a flat carbonation. Overall, a pretty bad beer. No balance whatsoever. Spicy and overly sweet.