Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 12, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours reddish brown with a tan head. Smells of caramel, roses. Tastes of sweet malt, some spicy hints, nutty. Not much going on.
bu11zeye (12367) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a clear amber body with a small beige head. Aroma of spruce, gingerbread, cinnamon, and caramel. Flavor of ginger, caramel malt, orange peel, nuts, and spruce with a moderately bitter finish.
Narnad (1513) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a dark brown with a filmy, off-white head. Aroma has a lot of brown malt to it, ginger and a nose similar to oranges with clove pushed into them for the holiday season. Flavor has a very strong ginger kick to it to start. Malt comes in light as a whole with a mild orange and spicy kick late. Body is a bit light but it’s heavy enough to hold the flavors. Overall the spices aren’t overpowering but the ginger is pretty strong and is the most prevalent flavor in the brew. It doesn’t combine very well with other spices present, creating a slightly off putting flavor.
jackricci (2) - Colorado, USA - NOV 23, 2011 does not count
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This Ale from Mt. Carmel pours smooth with a good size, light brown head. Color is medium honey-brown. Mild aromas recall citrus, spice, and maybe some floral hops. Flavor starts out crisp and citrusy, with undertones of nutty malt helping to balance out the acidity of the citrus and hops. No real strong hop character, but the citrus and spice more than makes up for that. A drink finishes smooth with malty, spicy flavors left lingering on the tongue. All in all a good brew.
Chudwick (2529) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - JAN 16, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle - pours amber with thin beige head. Aroma is ginger, orange and base malts. Balanced taste and noticeable. Bitter and dry finish. medium body and thin texture. I think this may well be the last beer I have from this style. Nothing to write home about.
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark red-brown with a thin off-white head. Aroma is clove, honey, caramel, toffee, floral. Taste is herbal, some honey, some clove, perhaps some coriander (?), and a mild albeit general malt character. A little thin lacing. Syrupy mouth feel. Surprised to see that this was 8% alcohol.
My problem with this beer was that there were lots of aromas and flavors missing for me. I missed the ginger and spruce completely. The same with the orange. Overall not bad, but I was looking very forward to those elements. They just weren’t there.
strangaj (250) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - MAR 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
The hint of orange peel does not compliment this beer, but rather clashes with the smooth malt. The ginger alone would have been sufficient to add a spice note to this brew.
AmEricanbrew (6463) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Courtesy of Exiled. Clear carmel color/ no head. Sour fruit, sweet spicy carmel aromas. medium bodied with average co2. Toasted carmel flavors with mildly astringent winter spices.
Patrickctenchi (5210) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep, almost clear copper/chestnut with a thick, light tan head.
Light nutmeg, cinnamon, red cedar aroma.
Taste is caramel malt, holiday spices.....ginger.
....it’s OK, but has a chalky, medicinal feel to it.
Sort of a dusty bitter.
rondphoto (3152) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - FEB 10, 2012
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber-brown with a persistent head, lace that slides back into the glass. The taste is a watered down Christmas Ale. Dark caramel malt with lght Christmas spices, no change through the finish, no bittering to speak of (even though it has a little bitterness from the onset). Very average.