Nalu (216) - Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Hazy, dark amber pour with a yellow-tan head leaving minimal lace. The medium body starts sweet with ripe bananas, raisins, candy and butterscotch, but quickly develops a hint of sourness and a spicy hop character. Orange peel, cloves and cardamom are evident at varying times as the ale warms, although the candy sweetness also continues to increase with warming and a slight whiskey character appears. There is a brandy warmth which starts early and lasts long after the last sip.
dlbeer (660) - Wisconsin, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Dark orange pour with off white head. Smells of fruit and spices. Tastes of the same with slight alcohol.
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deyholla (5959) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber with a tan head that dissipates to the edges. Aroma has a nice sweet citrus note with a decent amount of spice, some light fruits and a sweet grain backbone. Flavor has a bit less citrus but still the light fruit note with some sweet grains, a good amount of spice and a hint of earthiness.
jandd1983 (2085) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - APR 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
It poured a cloudy brown color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of sweet alcohol maltiness. The taste was of spicy alcohol with a great finish.
Swamp_Thing (27) - Florida, USA - APR 1, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I think I’ll store the other three bottles I have and compare what a little aging will do for this beer. At $15/4 pack this must be compared to a true Belgian Christmas Ale and I think it comes up short. Aroma is very nice but faint, vaguely sweet and spicy. Malt and orangey spices upfront on a bed of sharp carbonation, with the coriander lingering alone after the other flavors fade. Sticky and sweet, but not much complexity. Tasty but this is a good candidate for cellaring.
Dfonorow (1206) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 26, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle share @ Surly Darkness day 2013. Deep red with a finger-wide khaki colored head. Aroma is of winter spices, citrus peel, banana, yeast, and red berries. Flavor is sweet citrus, cinnamon, sour mash, and booze.
Schlaubee (14) - - MAR 25, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The smell is pretty good but there is something about this one I just don’t like. I think the aftertaste is more like a weisse or a saison (beer types I do not like) than an ale.
jmagnus87 (2219) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - MAR 23, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. From notes. Mildly tart with loads of dark fruit and a strong toffee backbone. Very good.m
Brewbie (451) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle. dark gold, cider colored. thick off white head. sweet aroma, caramel, orange. tart first sip, citrus, bready. a hint of warming alcohol. spices come out as it warms. very nice winter warmer for sure.
unclemike (2180) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - MAR 9, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep bronze with large head. Lots of citrus on the nose (orange peel) and spices. Flavor is very sweet with alcohol on the tongue but not in the finish, which is smooth. Recommended.
flatmatt (1021) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at One-Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale. Clear copper pours with an off-white head. Caramel, raisins, and molasses in the aroma. Red and green grape flavors with raisin, molasses, a hint of yeast. Pretty good stuff.