geologyguy (706) - Columbia, South Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2013 Wish it actually had slightly less alcohol because it actually overwhelms the wonderful taste! Smooth, creamy, milky delightful...great! drink quickly!!! gets harsh with warmth
ChrisSc (200) - Lille, FRANCE - JAN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap into a sampler glass. Minneapolis. Labeled as 11%abv
Appearance: Dark brown, cloudy, with a tan head.
Aroma: Heavy on holiday spices - nutmeg, cloves, ginger. Malty with a hint of alcohol.
Taste: Sweet up front with a warming alcohol finish.
Palate: Good heavy body. Smooth palate, long finish.
Overall: I liked this beer a lot more than I expected. Really good level of spiciness and alcohol. One I would like to haven again.
mrbarylski (4) - USA - DEC 4, 2010 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very good holiday brew. Pours dark. You can smell the cinnamon and spices. Excellent taste.
crossovert (7566) - Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle.
It pours a deep cola color with a big, fluffy off-white head. The head just sticks and sticks, it lasts for ever. The lacing is pretty good too.
This one smells amazing. I smelt something similar with Sam Adams Winter Lager but this one just blows that one out of the water. All of the spices are easily detected: orange peel, nutmeg, ginger, and clove.
The flavor is big and bold. It tastes like Christmas. Lots of caramel, the aforementioned spices, and a lot of citrus lead the flavor charge. There is a bit of gingerbread character as well. As you go the oak appears and adds an extra layer of depth.
The mouthfeel is nicely carbonated, it is very smooth. It is a bit cloying but that is expected at this abv, and the alcohol presence is pretty low considering the abv.
This is the quintessential holiday lager, no doubt about it, I thought it would be overpowering but it was smooth and delightful
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-01-2010 04:12:10
vikingguy (814) - 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.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - MAY 20, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 5, 2012 Bottle from Valley Farm Market. Nice spiced nose. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon. Full bodied. Somewhat smooth and creamy feeling. Roasty malt and strong spices. Alcohol is well hidden. Very nice spiced beer. 2011 bottle. Brew in October.
dlbeer (809) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown/red pour. Very spicy aroma. Tastes of pumpkin and cinnamon. Great beer for what it is.
starewich (141) - - NOV 25, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear brown; aggressive pour yields a bare membrane of white head. Honey, cinnamon, clove. Bursts of wine-like tartness at the beginning and end. Lakefront continues to impress; an evocative seasonal.
Malty_MacHops (640) - Eastanollee, Georgia, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Warm inviting spices over caramel. Brown with a minimal head. Sweet with warming spices. Medium bodied with a sweet finish.
onceblind (4328) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 30, 2014
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Murky dark ruby with a thin bubbly light tan head. Aroma kinda has some plum and fruit cake notes, but that fruit cake is just a little past its prime. Taste is large and smooth, sweet and fruity. Basically put, it tastes like a Belgian quad with a lager yeast; lots of date and stone fruit tones mixed with dark spice cake and cinnamon, with a dryish earthy lager yeast finish. Interesting and complex.