marcus (6996) - Sacramento, California, USA - FEB 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Healthy Spirits, San Francisco. Pours amber with a decent beige head and a fruity aroma. There is a dry caramel malt flavor with a nice yeast presence and some tasty spices.
Ferris (6338) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft - Caramel, Christmas spice and some dark fruit. Clear copper with a decent beige head. Caramel malts, light spice, marzipan and some orange. Malty and not as spiced as nose.
BrewGoblin (518) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - MAR 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
As long as TdD keeps batting them out of the park, I will be in the parking lot at a classy tailgate party waiting to catch them. She’s a pretty lil’ number, some yeasties floating about in a ruddy dark amber body capped by a creamy and yet fizzy off-white head. Wonderfully spicy without being spicy, my guess is that it is owing to a fine Belgian species putting in work in the heat. A balance is struck between bitter and sweet, caramel, faint bubblegum and lightly buttered whole wheat bread poking about provide a smooth backbone here. Cinnamon, coriander, black pepper and herbal ju-ju pounce on the opportunity to keep the scales level. Fine enjoyment comes from the fact that this brew isn’t super dry and highly carbonated; instead, a velvety but effervescent texture coats the innards. Grab three, drink two and cellar one. Repeat.
DomD (131) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - FEB 7, 2015
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from bottle. Aromas of fruit and caramel. Pours a dark red. Has a medium sweet taste. Medium body, sticky texture, and a slightly bitter finish. An excellent brew.
cfrancis (2594) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark red with a small beige head that disappears to a ring. Aroma is lots of spice, cinnamon, cadamon, nutmeg. Taste is much the same but everything works together. A little licorice, nutmeg, cadamon, cinnamon.
Oakes (13065) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 4, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-brown, touch of haze. Light spice, caramel, sweetish character, with light fruit, dash of drying alcohol.
shdougan (48) - Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, CANADA - JAN 19, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Christmas may have passed, but this bottle managed to maintain it’s residency in my fridge until now. Pours a fairly transparent ruby/copper with a large off-white head. Aromas of plum, dark berries, pepper, and caramel. There is a very sweet fruity flavor, along with some caramel malty-ness and a light peppery finish. Pretty refreshing beer and not your average Christmas ale.
manuelMTL (206) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 15, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark, clear amber with a thin off-white head. Nose is caramel malts with some apple pie and candies. Earthy and herbal. Taste is sweet candi sugar, blueberries, spices with some nutty flavors and a light bitterness in the end. Medium to high carbonation.
swoopjones (6537) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JAN 11, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle, deep amber pour, fuller mouthfeel. Dark fruits, herbal, touch of holiday spice, burnt caramel. lots of flavor, nice holiday ale
simardsam (163) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 4, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cuivrée/rougeâtre, avec un beau col de mousse beige. Nez sucré, d’épices chaudes, de petits fruits rouges et d’alcool. Goût sucré de caramel, de malt grillé et une petite touche épicée. Douce, chaude et réconfortante.
Florya (534) - Bergen, NORWAY - JAN 2, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
How: Bottle. Appearance:Clear dark amber, off-white head. Aroma:spices, cloves, herbs. Palate: medium to full body, light carbonation.