Beergeek23322 (2595) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12/12/2013. 500ml. bottle. Amber color with a short white head. Sweet fruity aromas with caramel. Light fruity flavors, caramel, spice and a light boozy finish,
ContemplateBeer (1658) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2014 Finally got to try this one again (on tap) after my original botched bottle. Aroma: Caramel glazed bread with some spicy hop character. Appearance: Pale gold, mostly still pour with a foamy white head that settled into an ever present skin. Flavor: Bready up front like the nose, but really amps up the spicy hops toward the lingering, slightly bitter finish. Palate: Medium body, sticky texture, flat carbonation, bitter finish. Overall: Happy to have tried this one again; a well made beer in the style.
Aroma: Pumpernickel, sugar cookie, very malty with a touch of ointment. Appearance: Nearly still light copper with a film of bone head. Flavor: Woah. Meat fest. Sulfuric and borderline caustic. Has moments of pleasure, but those are fleeting. Palate: Medium body, creamy texture, flat carbonation, long, bitter finish. Overall: Very unpleasant.
Papsoe (25074) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 50 cl. Courtesy of adnielsen. Pours a clear golden with a white head. Sweet malty nose - perhaps a tad oxidized. Solid malty body, sweet malty goodness with only a discreet hoppiness. Nice and solid - if unsophisticated. But a good one. 250313
jkwalking05 (4132) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted in 2010 (backlog). Dark brown in color with an average off-white head. Aroma is of light smoke, sausage, malt and light fruit. Taste is of malt, sausage and caramel.
Hopswagger (199) - South Carolina, USA - JAN 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
P: Crystal clear copper body with a thin layer of airy white bubbles that settle to a thin film. Slowly active bubbles climbing to the top.
S: Toasted caramel malt, yeast, cereal grains and dull spice.
T/M: Taset follows the nose with heavy malt, toast and earthy yeast. Apple peel hops with cinnamon and other spices balancing delicately on the palate. Light body with zesty carbonation. Finish is dry with timid bitter apple peel.
O: As a Christmas beer I feel lack of spice was really a downer. A good beer that is easy drinking and enjoyable but not a Christmas miracle. A solid offering none the less.
queenholly (3092) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Light sour milk and grainy aroma., Clear gold with a large white head. Sweet grainy malt and spicy grassy flavor. Medium body.
shrubber85 (8550) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Light honey and barley malt aroma. Pale yellow with small head. Lightly sweet barley malt and mild astringent alcohol flavor. Decent body. Not bad.
Patrickctenchi (4520) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown with a tall, off-white head.
Aroma of caramel malt, bread heel.
Taste is sweet, nutty, spiced....butter...
Rich flavour, creamy....woody, herbal bitter.
Shot (202) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark straw color. The 1-finger rocky head lingers and dissipates to a lacy foam. There’s very little cling to the glass. The aroma is very subtle--muted malt, grass, and banana. Very little hop aroma. It has a creamy, sweet up-front flavor with hints of fruit, grass, and a whisper of cinnamon. Decent mouthfeel, smooth, with light carbonation. The finish has a slight hop bite that offsets flavors citrus, butter and ginger. The 6% ABV provides a bit of warmth. Overall, a nicely balanced brew. There are many better Christmas ales out there, but this one is definitely worth a try.
boto (1921) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16.9oz. bottle: This one pours a darker, clear caramel color. There was a very small tan head that didn’t linger long or leave any lacing. The aroma is OK. Caramel malts, hints of biscuit, subtle fruits, some earthy hops and maybe a hint of spices. The taste is OK. Some caramel malt sweetness with a hint of spices. Mild earthy hops. Maybe a hint of breadiness. Decent enough, but I’m glad it was on sale. Don’t think it was worth the original $5.99/bottle.