Frank (2865) - 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 (1518) - 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 Iíve had better Christmas ales.
ChainGangGuy (4373) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright but deep amber body with a modest, off-white head. Tisí the season!
Smell: Malts display moderate scents of toasted bread and nuts while the hops give off some earthy, spicy notes.
Taste: Pale malts with some toasty, biscuity, and even nutty hints and a relatively light sweetness. Faint hint of fruitiness. Earthy, spicy hops impart no more than a light bitterness. It effectively finishes crisp and dry with a bit of those spicy hops riding out into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Itís all kinds of okay! This one makes for simple, easy drinking for wintertime or really any time of the year.
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Date: August 08, 2009
Source: Tasting, Ticker
Appearance: clear dark amber, short lived fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet earthy caramel aroma, touch of fruityness, balancing earthyness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, touch of fruity candy sweetness, light balancing spicy earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
unclemattie (4185) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Aroma of musty basement. Butter toffee. Flavor is buttery malts. Stale malts. Perfect beer to watch a sunset with.
shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - AUG 8, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice amber color with a tan head. Aroma is caramel, fruity, slightly spicy, and some aged hops. Flavor is caramel, spice, fruity, and a light bitter peppery finish.
yayforbeer (752) - Orange Park, Florida, USA - JUN 3, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Twist-off cap - ugh! Light hop aroma. Very malty flavor and medium full mouthfeel makes for a slow drinker. Flavor has enough going on to keep your interest, but certainly no world class brew. Decent abv for what it is. Has a gently building bitterness at the end. A faint sweetness hanging in the background. A bit of caramel and toffee with lightly crisp and spicy hops. If I were paying full price I wouldnít be overly excited, but half-price at Total Wine turns this stuff into a decent every day drinker and Iím happy. Bought a case.
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - APR 17, 2009
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a crystal clear copper amber with a small off white head. Smells very sweet, carmale and dak fruit come to mind, with some molasses and toffee as well. The mouthfeel was a little dull, although I know its supposed to be an old ale, just seemed dead to me. Mostly just had a heavy malt and molasses taste, that was sticky and sweet. Not really much complexity, and could probably only take a bottle of it.