drowland (6049) - Valdosta, 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 (1499) - 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 (1943) - 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 (909) - Cincinnati, Ohio, 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 (6421) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 10, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
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 (3475) - 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 (4887) - 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.
Chuckaduck (645) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - NOV 22, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a copper color with a thin off-white head. I missed a lot of the chocolate that is supposed to be present in this beer. Aroma was more grassy and herbal. Flavor was earthy, some wheat, some spice. Not terrible but certainly not what is advertised. Possibly a bad tap or completely mislabeled?
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - JAN 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper with an off white head. Sweet malty aroma of chocolate, molasses, light spice, and a bit of herbal hops. Flavor is very round and full. The caramel malts are the dominating feature backed by light chocolate, sweet molasses, and light spicing. Finishes with a light alcohol and spice burn. Thick mouth. A pleasant winter beer.