ryanscourt (858) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 28, 2015
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyable bock bear. Easy to drink though nice chocolate note. Declares itself as a lager but has nice body.
JStax (3381) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a lager glass. The beer is a clear brown with no head, except for a few bubbles around the edge of the glass. The aroma has raisin, caramel, toffee, chocolate. The taste is moderately sweet, it has some bitterness toward the backend. Light to medium body and low to moderate carbonation.
NikkTwist (1839) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 14, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Bierstube. Hazy very dark copper brown pour. Frothy tan head. Has a full body and the proper flavors for a Christmas brew but feels WAY too mild. Raisin prune spice cake. A chunky faint brown sugar ghost of a better beer. Suspect there are oatmeal stout elements here that fill the palate yet hide the flavors.
60minuteman (967) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Ruby - brown pour. Christmas spices in the nose, malt, yeast, alcohol on the tongue. Not overly Christmas but a good seasonal.
BeerdedDave (629) - - JAN 3, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
bright reddish-brown color with a light, creamy, tan head; aroma is roasted malt, dark fruit, and chocolate; smooth and creamy with a nice, mild, maltyflavor with notes of raisins, dark fruit, and caramel; fairly light bodied and easy drinking
Patrickctenchi (4449) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown-red with a thin beige head.
Light caramel malt, cherry, apple scent.
Berry, cherry, caramel flavour.
Very soft and airy.
Sweet and very tasty.
Jow (2402) - New York, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at rattle as I continue style chasing. Faint reddish brown pour. Sudsy head. Nose is malt and caramel. Tastes of toasted malt, red fruit, caramel, light earth. Semi sweet and sticky palate.
shrubber85 (8305) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 28, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Berry, apple, caramel malt, and alcohol aroma. Chestnut brown with moderate light tan head. Sweet red cherry, toffee malt, and lightly bitter herbal flavor. Full body. Excellent.
weihenweizen (1980) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - DEC 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a shaker. Clear dark copper with small/medium off-white head. Aroma is caramel malt, medium body, low carbonation, and some small-bubble lacing. Taste is caramel malt, dark malt, and some fruit.
Darkmagus82 (1911) - - AUG 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-6-12-
Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass
Appearance – The beer is served a deep brown color with a small tan head. The head fades very fast to leave only a light amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma was chocolaty with hints of caramel and honey sweetness. Mixed with these sweeter aromas was a nice backbone of a roasted malt and brown bread aroma with a very light almost earthy smell rounding it all out.
Taste – The taste begins of toasted malt mixed with a bit of chocolate. Upfront there is also some sweetness of a caramel taste. The chocolate grows a bit stronger more toward the middle with a honey flavor coming in as well. While it was on the slightly more sweet side upfront more toward the end it dries out a bit as some holiday spice and nut flavors come to the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer was on the average side in terms of creaminess with a carbonation level that was on the slightly lower to average side. It keep it rather easy drinking, but really was not too light to where it took away from the darker flavors.
Overall – A pretty nice holiday brew. Not overly spiced and when combined with its roast and good level of carbonation and thickness made for a good easily holiday drinker.