Dashimus (219) - London, Greater London, - DEC 11, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at BrewDog Shepherds Bush. Pours dark brown with a red tinge with a moderately lived beige head. Aroma is chesnut, caramel, spice, mild chocolate and coffee and raisins. Flavour is a bit methanol. Not that bitter. No carbonation.
Beersiveknown (2990) - NORTHERN IRELAND - SEP 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle at home from drinkstore
pours hazy dark brown with lazy fobbing from bottle forming a fluffy mid tan head. Rich caramel and nutty aroma with a herbal undertone. Fairly dry, the rich chestnut flavour I associate with beers of this type (though probably only pick up on it because i know its there). Dry herbal notes in finish but sage not identifiable particularly. Not much coming in from the Juniper either. But very smooth, full bodied but not hot, well made beer.
Mora2000 (5704) - McKinney, Texas, USA - AUG 31, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fourth release. Brown pour with a few bubbles but no head. The aroma has some toffee, juniper and cherry notes. The flavor is a bit different. The raisin and cherry character mixes with some toffee, leather, tobacco and chocolate. Medium mouthfeel and low to no carbonation.
cernjoh (124) - 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 (315) - 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 (3979) - 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 (468) - - 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 (2283) - 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 (301) - 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 (4008) - 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 (2055) - 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.