ccex (1000) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 9, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle pours a clear amber with medium off-white head that lingers and leaves good lacing. Aroma is full of spices and bready malt. Taste is sweet with noticeable ginger, nutmeg and cloves all the way through, with some bitterness in the finish. Body is light to medium with minimal carbonation. This reminds me of Swedish Glogg, but thinner. Nothing too naughty here, with alcohol well hidden. An OK Christmas beer, but not something I’d go back to year ’round.
bnokk (73) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE – perfect lightish amber color.
NOSE - total barleywine scents.
FLAVOR - also total barleywine.
NOTES - Good barleywine. not sure what Naughty Claus has to do with it.
shigadeyo (3096) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Honey, ginger, candied orange aroma. Hazy orange amber color, thin beige crown. The flavor is quite sweet with orange candy flavor and quite a bit of nutmeg and cinammon. Ginger in the finish. Medium-light body, so it seems a bit thin. Pretty good overall.
Headbanger (3472) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle 11/10/14 (Payless Liquors #9-Indy)-40° in Lager Glass-Pours a medium amber with a small off white head. Aroma of spices. Taste of spices and malt. This medium bodied brew has a lot going on but still tasty.
patrick767 (3696) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle - Pours deep red with a small off-white head. It has a very malt rich aroma with caramel and some dark fruit. The flavor is very sweet with some spice and unfortunately a slight off sour note too. It’s mostly just sweet. Good.
b3shine (6157) - Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft to taster. Looks solid; a transparent light copperish orange with thin off-white lacing. Smells sweet and malty with notes of ginger and spices. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. An underwhelming example of the style.
jhp40219 (344) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a dark copper/amber color with a very small tan head that leaves some thin lacing. Aroma of clove, nuts, toasted bready malts, cinnamon, orange, ginger, and caramel. Taste is malty with toast, cinnamon, clove, orange, ginger, caramel, and slightly nutty. Quick finish of cinnamon and malts. Medium bodied, thin watery texture, highly carbonated. All the right ingredients are there, but they aren?t balanced well. Kind of an assault of all ingredients at once, all overpowering each other. I?ve never been disappointed with a New Albanian beer before now. Generally they tend to brew pretty solid. Not that this is a terrible beer, just not that great. May try again next year with the hopes that they will reformulate the recipe to balance the ingredients better.
bluejacket74 (1466) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a chalice, the beer pours a slightly hazy amber/brown color with a thin off-white head that fizzled away quickly. Not much lacing. The brew smells like dark fruit, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and bready malt. The taste is similar to the aroma, but there’s also a bit of clove and orange peel noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s easy to drink and has low carbonation. Overall a decent Christmas brew. Would have liked to try this one fresh, maybe next year.
jcr (2263) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - MAR 13, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Amber body with an off-white head. Aroma of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, toasted grain. The flavor is moderately sweet and lightly bitter. It finishes lightly to moderately sweet and lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. All the elements of a Christmas ale are here — the spices, the warming alcohol, the sweetness. They just aren’t working together. Raw grain taste trips over the forced spicing. The watery texture doesn’t help the spicing at all. And then there’s a vegetable taste in the finish.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle from sefus12, thanks Beau! Pours a clear, bright amber colored body with a finger-width, creamy, tan head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is pretty spicy up front from the Belgian yeast and has a good amount of orange peel. The nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger comes out more as this warms and blends well with the yeast. A few banana esters as well as a medium sweet, somewhat biscuity malt backing with touches of toffee. Flavor is somewhat sweet and biscuity up front with a soft malt feel. Some hints of toffee, banana esters, orange peel, and a spiced Belgian yeast in the middle before the cinnamon really comes on and helps dry this out with touches of ginger and nutmeg. Smooth, clean, and lightly bitter with a lengthy aftertaste. Soft, medium body and a medium-light carbonation. Overall, a pretty solid winter spiced ale. Soft, somewhat sweet and biscuity malts with a nice blend of Belgian yeast, orange peel, and dry spices. Not bad.