Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JUN 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared by barleyPops. Thanks! Definitely a good Christmas beer. We drank it in June though... Brown pour with a tan head. Basically as barleyPops describes. Strong clove and cinnamon spiciness with plenty of honey and molasses as well. The spice may have been a bit strong, but this was still a good one.
alexsdad06 (5866) - Ohio, USA - JUN 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from backlog notes 07. Pours a clear reddish brown color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have caramel, honey sweetness, all kinds of spices, cinnamon, cloves, citrus, ginger, mild biterness, the sweetness and crazy spices are a bit much.
rarbring (1531) - Linköping, SWEDEN - JAN 19, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Overall: Mince pie, Christmas galore.
Note: Bottle 650 ml. Reviewed 2014-01-18.
ads135 (3077) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
A pretty decent winter ale. Its been awhile since I’ve had a new, decent Christmas Ale. Peppery, citrus, with nice amounts of spice.
onceblind (4512) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pint at The Rackhouse Pub, from a 2008 keg for a tap-takeover. Clear dark brown with a thin beige cap. Spicy and malty nose like nutmeg and cinnamon with an odd candle-wax tone and earthy sweet maltiness. Flavor was much the same and not as full bodied as I had hoped. Earthy sweet with some nutmeg and cinnamon, potpourri, and some candi sugar, maybe some apple and a little toffee. Slightly boozy sweet finish.
fletchfighters (1133) - AUSTRALIA - AUG 6, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
bought at Left hand. 2008 keged version aged for a year
A-- A dark reddish brown color. Got a very large head (3 fingers) on the pour that stayed very nicely and left a good lacing on my pint glass.
S-- Every Christmas spice you can think of is in this. Do get an alcohol smell in it as well.
T-- Lots of spice in this puppy. Nutmeg, cinimmon, clove, candied sugar, orange, and on and on and on.
M-- Spices then the alcohol in the mouthfeel. it is OK at start but gets tiresome.
D-- for a $5 dollar growler I am not complaining but it is a tiresome beer. Too much going on and early on too spice driven. Once it gets air the spices calm down a bit. Good effort but one 750 is enough.
PhillyCraft (3431) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Pour house a couple years ago, 08 vintage. Deep crimson black pour, small head/lacing. Notes of chocolate malts, cinnamon, dark cherry, hops, and a little ginger hidden in the back end. Medium to full bodied with minimal carbonation. Ultra warming.
dnstone (2164) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 2, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Holiday spiced, cinnamon and ginger. Deep brown in color with descent head. Tastes like a ginger bread house!
Notes: GABF visit a few years back
DrSilverworm (6937) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 11, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle, with yellow-bordered label as pictured. This has got to be at least a couple years old. Thin to minimal off-white head. Clear dark brown color. Few dots of lace. Nice honey and cinnamon aroma. Spicy taste, hint of booze. Lighter carbonation.
Enjoyit (3479) - Vadum, DENMARK - JAN 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown of color with a beige head. An aroma of nuts, cinnamon, spice and sweets. A flavor of sweets, nuts, spice and weak cloves.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fruity with hints of spice. Finished with slight alcohol and citrus/spice.