pojo41 (315) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - JAN 3, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. My Christmas bock was not a helles. It poured a deep dark brown with an off-white head that didn’t last long. Aromas of dark malt and caramel. crisp clean flavor of caramel malt with enough hops to keep from being too sweet.Very good mouthfeel. Easy drinking.
ContemplateBeer (1345) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
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 (25113) - 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 (3050) - 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 (86) - Oklahoma, 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 (2414) - 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 (6510) - 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 (2494) - 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 (45) - Westerville, 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 (1760) - 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.
Derek881 (917) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured this beer from the bottle into a trumpet style glass to drink. The beer had a fairly cloudy light and faint amber-brown color with an average-sized foamy white head that had low retention, but average cling and lacing. The aroma featured a fruit and floral blend with light notes of raisin and fig, along with touches of malt, earth, and pine, and a bit of yeast. It had a sour-sweet blended fruity taste with touches of raisin and notes of caramel, along with a light yeast component. The beer was fairly creamy and wet with low-to-average carbonation, and was a touch on the thin side, with a lighter, slightly watery, mouthfeel.