Cavie (3547) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 21, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle courtesy exiled. Clear orange color with amber tints. Little carbonation. Aroma is woody with some body odor notes. Musty and old. Flavor is a bit sweet with some older elements. Musty flavor as well. Finishes a bit sweet with some maltedness.
5000 (5600) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle:   Bright fiery caramel, thin sudsy off-white head, spotty lacing.   Dull caramel malty nose, low/subtle spices.   A little vegetal on the tongue, otherwise sweet maltiness with some caramel.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Dull vegetal caramel on the finish.   This one was from last year.   A little over the hill me thinks.   Fresh might be more interesting.   Thanks Clint for sharing!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - NOV 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark plum, wet oxidized wood. Pale amber, strong creamy head. No real depth here, comes off like a strong amber, don’t get what I would call any ’old ale’ character. Little cinnamon in the finish.
Drjohnrock (333) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at tapping party at Christy’s Rathskellar. Dark amber color, unassuming aroma, tan head that slowly diminished with good lacing, sweet, well rounded malt flavor that thankfully wasn’t too heavy on the spices (a common problem with winter/Christmas beers). Much better than I remember it from when it was first introduced.
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle courtesy of alexdad06. Thanks! Pours a clear copper with a thin offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus hops. Taste is toasted malts, caramel, green apple, spice, hoppy finish. Medium bodied, smooth and tasty.
phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Bigg’s in Hyde Park. Pours a nice clear copper color with an inch-thick white head. Aroma of caramel malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, hops, and floral notes. Flavor was sweet and lightly spiced, with honey, caramel malts, the same spices as above and maybe a little pepper to boot, and gingerbread. Light bodied, and too watery and thin on the palate- could have used some more body. Decent winter brew.
Frank (2222) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nose is spicy, somehwat reminiscent of a hefe but the color is a pale amber and completely clear w/ a giant foamy head that wanes to a quarter inch of tight bubbles. Palate is very pleasant and creamy w/ a perfect amount of carbonation. Unfoturanetely, this is kind of hard to reconcile w/ the metallic bitterness in the finish.
Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a bad Christmas Beer. The malt is a bit chocolate and roasted in flavor, the balance is sweet and spicy. To carbonation is a bit too high.
FunkyBrewster (1517) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark glowing reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is very sweet and sugary cookie like malts. Very festive holiday doughy and a little bit spicy ginger, cinnamon. Flavor starts with a very subdued spiciness that is barely present over the malt. Picks up a sweet fruitcake sugar malt character. Finishes just slightly bitter with some light crisp hops. Medium bodied and tingling carbonation. Nice winter ale, well balanced and not overly spiced
Dandeman321 (11) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good ale taste. Great color and appearance. Tasted good but I’ve had better Christmas ales.