RussianDragon (517) - - 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 (3570) - 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 (403) - 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 (4493) - 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 (2406) - 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 (1144) - 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 (514) - 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.
andrepintado (1578) - Lisbon, PORTUGAL - APR 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Barcelona Beer Festival 2014. I think it’s this version. Dark red color. Thin head. Sticky body. Medium to high sweetness. Medium bitterness. Low sourness. Aroma is fruity, caramel, herby, woody.
MichaelAwesome (4600) - Wanne-Eickel, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - APR 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Wunderbares Piwo mit diversen Kräuternuancen, dazu etwas Honig und Beeren. Sehr süffig, sehr trinkbar, dazu wundervoll aromatisch. Fein.
McTapps (4601) - Ruhrcity, North Rhine-Westphalia, GERMANY - MAR 29, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from trade with Meilby - many thanks! The beer pours out in a deep black colour with low head and medium body. Aroma of malt, barley and spices. Taste of cardamom, white pepper, cinnamon, bay leaves, cloves, barley, malt and woods. Very spicy finish. The Special Holiday Ale has got a very special and extraordinary taste and palate. Very interesting beer.