cernjoh (120) - Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 2-9-13 bottle into a snifter. Aroma is of chestnut and maple. Appearance is a cloudy maple brown with a small tan head that dissipates slowly. Taste is unlike other holiday beers in that it is not overly spiced and has a nice caramel nutty flavor. Palate is very good with a pleasant level of carbonation. Overall my favorite holiday brew and amongst my favorites overall. I highly recommend this. Cheers.
fitwitchik (295) - USA - AUG 23, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle into a snifter mahogany with a thin head.
Aroma is spicy boozy some hops?
Flavor is exceptional. Not a huge winter warmer fan but could sip this on a cold night easily. Juniper there as well as the nutty flavor. Brown sugar is just right and the spice simply moderate. Best winter warmer I have ever had-PERIOD~Excellent!!
johndoughty (3960) - cheslyn hay, West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUL 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brown with a small head. Spicy with a medium body. Not a lot of impact considering its strength but still worth trying. Definitely a Christmas/ Winter ale.
RussianDragon (449) - - JUN 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brown with quickly fading head and slight lacing. The aroma is huge, with holiday spices and pine at the onset. Nutmeg, cinnamon, juniper, and ginger notes. Flavor is complex, spicy sweet, and overpowering. Rum-spiked wassail with a cinnamon stick in front of the tree on Christmas Eve. Thin to medium bodied.
Stuu666 (2160) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at home. This is excellent, sweet and malty, toffee, some aniseed, light spices, hint of juniper.
ERB92 (263) - Bergen, NORWAY - JUN 9, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Berries, spices, nuts and a hint of coffee in the aroma. Dark brown with a red tint and a beige head. Medium to heavy sweet and medium bitter. Full body with average carbonation. Overall a interesting, complex and rich ale.
solidfunk (3896) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice brew that comes together well to highlight juniper berries more than the other elements. Light sense of nut as well. Light sweet finish, soft carbonation. Tap at Churchkey.
KansaiBeerLvrs (1950) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Shared by Mick, 2009 bottle of the Special Holiday Ale. A nutty brown pour, with a thin filmy beige head. A spicy nose of juniper & spices. Smooth medium bodied beer with a nice flavor of sage, juniper, spices, nuts & malts very pleasant.
BRW (985) - Barcelona, SPAIN - APR 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
At BBF. Hazy brown colour with beige lacing. Fruity, spice aroma. Sweet, malty, caramel and spice taste. Medium body.
andriesradu (476) - ROMANIA - APR 15, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From tap @ BBF 2014. Pours dark amber with a moderate beige head. Aroma is sweet, candy, some aromatic hearbs. Flavor is sweet, again some aromatic hearbs, caramel.