phaleslu (6837) - 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 (3026) - 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 I’ve had better Christmas ales.
ChainGangGuy (4422) - 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. Tis’ 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: It’s all kinds of okay! This one makes for simple, easy drinking for wintertime or really any time of the year.
kp (10884) - 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 (4262) - 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 (753) - 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 wouldn’t be overly excited, but half-price at Total Wine turns this stuff into a decent every day drinker and I’m happy. Bought a case.