Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 28, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle from Cavie. Medium brown pour with an off-white head. Aroma is light malt, sweetness, and Laffy Taffy. Taste is sweet, floral, and cardboard. Awkward finish.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Served on tap.
Arrived a dark copper with a thin off-white head. The aroma was overwhelmingly belgian. A lot of banana and clove with maybe a touch of maltiness. Thought I was drinking a witbier.
The flavor was much like the smell. A lot of banana and not a whole lot of malt character. There was a moderate bitterness that came in towards the finish. I didnít really detect any spices or anything that would make this a winter warmer. I seriously thought this beer was a dunkelweizen.
drowland (7768) - Georgia, USA - DEC 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12/22/11. 12oz bottle courtesy Cavie! Clear red pour with a nice, fluffy tan head that cuts to a film but laces plenty. The aroma shows bubblegum, caramel, spices, and a nice orange peel aspect. Sweet malty flavor hits first with plenty of caramel then shows spice and orange peel. Iím not sure what is actually in this, if anything, but something about this screams spices, oranges, and possibly even Belgian yeast. Surprisingly tasty!
strongpieman (1644) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 16, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Nice spiced aroma - not too much and is Christmas malt. Red amber color, clear and pours with a nice head. Balanced taste, some sweetness and more spice. Medium body, good texture, average carbonation. Good choice for a Christmas ale.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A nice copper-red body with a tan head that had no retention and a slight amount of lace. Aroma had big malt notes mostly caramel, but there was some biscuit, toast and a hint of cocoa. Flavor was similar with a interesting buttered toast flavor, that complemented the sweetness from the caramel malts. Some mild molasses. Hops came through and as described came as almost a spicy note. A nice warming sense in the after taste. Decent.
matthewjk (1038) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 11, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tis the season to try winter ales! Damnit, tried to stay local and support Christian Moerlein, yes, I understand this is not brewed here right now, but this is god awful--sorry. Nice appearance and even aroma perhaps, but the vinegar bite this thing has! Chocolate?!? Seriously didnít detect any chocolate sweetness as advertised. Astringent, not good, but I have to finish 4 more because I canít waste beer. I should have just picked up another Bells Two Hearted.
DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 6, 2015 12oz bottle. Red-orange clear color, with a brown hue. Tan head, leaving some lace. Moderate but smooth carbonation. Light dryness. Interesting fruity spice taste. Light bitter spiced taste. Not usually a fan of Moerlein, but this is a decent christmas ale, because itís not exactly like the other 25 christmas ales Iíve had this week 6/3/6/2/12
Re-rate, 11/6/15: 4oz on tap at the Lager House. Clear red orange color. Thin kind of cream-colored head. Some loose bits of lace. Toasty malt, some winter spice, and orange, bit of caramel, and a hint of chocolate. Medium-plus body. Kind of soft, lighter to moderate carbonation. More dry in the finish. Moderate to bigger sweet taste, light to moderate bitter, slight medicinal quality, touch of veg. No, still not a fan of this...
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Imperial Pint.
Appearance: Murky dark orange with thin off-white head.
Aroma: Strange fruitiness that is almost Belgian (but I like it). Also, notes of citrus, spices and caramel.
Taste: Fairly sweet and fruity, with caramel, plum and figs. Tastes somewhat like overripe fruits. Finish is slightly bitter, with citrus, pine and some spiciness.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body. Finish is somewhat dry but also a little strange.
Overall: This is a little bit of an odd one, as it doesnít seem to be a typical English Strong Ale. A little overripe and Belgian-like, but I like it quite a bit overall.
RobertDale (5073) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - NOV 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a clear amber with an average biege head. Aroma of malt, spice and some citrus. Taste is caramel, malt, spices and a bit of hops at the finish. Interesting. Decent.
JaBier (6490) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle purchased at part of a mixed six at Kroger Polaris. Clear reddish amber pour with a thin beige head. Malty nose with notes of caramel, chocolate, nuts and spice. Flavor starts spicy with ginger, malt and nutmeg. Then some crisp hops and light chocolate show up before a clean, spicy and malty finish.