Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - MAR 13, 2012
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber, best by May 2012. The pour yields a clear, dark, red-orange amber body with a short, fading, cream colored head. While settling to a thin surface ring, the head leaves little trails of rounded lace flares behind. The nose is massively spiced, showing candied ginger, cinnamon stick, lavender, and orange rind all and over a base of amber rock sugar, orange blossom honey, and baking bread dough. I canít tell if it smells more like a sweet glazed cake or a fancy soap. I suppose itís got a bit of both. Flavors are just as sweet as the nose lets on, as honey and peppery, wintery mulling spices dominate. Soapy lavender and cinnamon are prominent. Candied citrus peel lends a bit of a bittersweet bite. Thereís a bit of a tea-like feel to this as well. I almost feel like it should be warmed up and sipped slowly by the fire. The palate is lacking in liveliness, with a dull, syrupy texture. Ugh...spice bomb and honey...no thanks.
argo0 (11085) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle courtesy of wilkie. Lightly hazed dark amber body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger, light honey, cranberry. Taste is medium sweet, ginger, bread, some caramel.
Sikash (208) - North Carolina, USA - JAN 27, 2012
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From tap at first steet pub. Pours amber color with small white head. aroma is average with spicy notes of cinnamon ginger and maybe some floral notes. Decent mouthfeel with tastes of honey, ginger, and maybe juniper(?). Backend has taste of malt. Overall a decent beverage that does seem to remind one of christmas.
jrob21 (2184) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 13, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from bestway. A fruity syrupy sweet malty drink with a little bit of spice. Christmas for sure. Pours a clear amber color with a tan head. Aroma is fig and a touch of anise. Flavor is malty caramel, full bodied, sweet. Fruit working all the way through. A little bit of cherry and plum as well.
phaleslu (5174) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle as a BA trade bonus. Pours a clear copper with a small white head. Nice aroma of cinnamon, ginger, honey, berries, and toasted sugar. Flavor of berry fruits and grapes, a fairly strong dose of ginger, cinnamon, honey, and sweet malts. Light bodied, with medium carbonation and a spicy mouthfeel, but mild. Underrated.
Ughsmash (6915) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Poured light-medium orange with a nice cap of off-white head. The aroma picked up juniper, ginger, and a little cinnamon over soft bread and honey malts.. the juniper really led. The flavor found honey and husky notes at the core, with juniper berries, cinnamon, and clove around.. finished quick and dry with a bunch of residual spices.. tasty, but not great. Light-medium bodied, dry, and spicy.. the maltage just didnít do enough.
Damico (2211) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours clear amber with a small off white head. The aroma is light amber malts with small spicy holiday notes. The flavor is very similar, a light malty backbone with light spicy clovey holiday notes. The body is light and thin, not too much going on.
freekyp (1449) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Olde hickory serves their Xmas ale WTH a mini candy cane hanging off the side of the glass. This touch is both decorative and functional as the peppermint mixes with the holiday spices to deliver a full sensory holiday experience. Pours a reddish brown with a wispy white head. Well balanced the earthy malt, mild hops, and winter spices meld into a product that is more than the sum of its parts. Well done.
emacgee (3742) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks turd. Pours a clean sharp copper amber with two fingers of creamy dirty white head. Nose is like a sweet bread, lots of sweet spice and rich dextrinous malt character. Flavor is the same, herbal and spicy hop character. Dry finish from the spice. medium body though, huh.
TURDFERGUSON (3742) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a deep amber with a frothy white head with considerable lacing. Nose of cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, ginger. Flavors is more bitter orange peel, cinnamon, ginger, some brown sugar. Medium bodied with a soft carbonation and a slightly bitter and spicy finish. Well done.