DrSilverworm (4021) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Clear red color. Barely any white head. Nice fresh-hoppy citrus nose. Medium body, light crisp carbonation. Spice works cool with the hops. Light bitterness. It’s nice to see one of these winter spice ales actually by hoppy, cool surprise.
wchesser (893) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice Christmas brew. Kind of reminds me of Ninkasi’s Sleigh’r. Dank piney resin nose and taste. Dark slightly reddish brown. Spice is there but well integrated. Don’t get much pronounced ginger.
crossovert (5642) - Illinois, USA - DEC 6, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
The funny thing is just before i came across this beer I brewed a piney hop ipa with galangal as a Cmass beer. THis one is good, well balanced, not too much spices. Awesome.
jason1970 (143) - Illinois, USA - DEC 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a bad Xmas ale. But there are many better on the market. I actually enjoy a heavier spice profile than this one has. More nutmeg or cinnamon or other seasonal spices would improve this. Having said that, it’s a good beer. Pours a nice cloudy reddish copper color with a this head. Not much lacing. Aroma has lots of malt and dry hops along with some orange peel and very slight ginger. Taste and aroma are in sync. Overall a nice beer with some warmth to it.
BBB63 (5603) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 30, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle and served in Corsendonk Christmas Ale glass: Pours a deep amber hue with a nice off-white head and very good lace. Sadly everything went downhill from there... the nose as a nice bready and caramel malt tone with a moderate amount of pine and candied fruit, where is the ginger? The taste is sweet malt and light piney and citric hops... again where is the ginger and the bright citrus from the orange peel? RU sure Samuel Adams or Goose Island did not brew this? Dumbed down for the masses... I am sad!
Vir4030 (482) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear orange brown in a sampler at the brewpub. Nose is mildly roasted alcohol with a bit of pine. Flavor is watery with some hops in the throat on the second swig.
XmnwildX12 (2072) - Farmington, Minnesota, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Has some very sweet scents and taste is similar with a bit of orange peel and a tiny bit of a spice kick.
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Beerman6686 (3550) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This poured a ruby red color with a beige head. Aroma was lots of pine and ginger mainly. Flavor was much the same, with the ginger being subdued a bit. Fairly tasty underlying beer baking up the spices. Decent christmas beer.
kaser (1768) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours very dark amber from a bomber. Tiny white head. Carmel and sweet smelll. Malty and sweet taste. Syrupy pretty good
Dogbrick (6826) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at the brewpub. Pours a clear reddish-amber color with a medium thin off-white head that diminishes steadily. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of spices and malt. Medium body with flavors of caramel malt, spice and a bit of pine. The finish is sweet with a short spice aftertaste. Decent overall.