Thechasm442 (400) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Fresh can served in a tulip. The beer pours a hazy ruby copper with a thick off white head that sticks around a while and leaves nice lacing. Aroma is very complex. Pine, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, orange peel, and what I can only describe as a lemon ginger cookie. This beer smells awesome. Taste is cinnamon, nutmeg, and holiday spices up front. There are also citrus flavors that remind me of the rind of an orange as well as grapefruit and lemon zest. Pine flavors linger as well as a sweet, toffee like malt background. The flavor lingers well and makes me want to drink more. I usually do not like spiced beers, but this is amazing.
vmilaxer29 (412) - North Dakota, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Delightful Christmas time ale that includes all the notes that are accustom to the season with a balanced hop and malt.
Christpuncher (1938) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 5, 2014
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is a unique one. Strong orange and cinnamon start with a hoppy finish. A Better Xmas ale than most. Pours deep copper with a tan head. Had out of a can at home.
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sturmthis (892) - Ohio, USA - MAY 24, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz can. Orange color with a medium head. Aroma of cinnamon and pine. The taste is very different. A mix between pine and orange peels. It isn’t bad and it a unique taste.
Brigadier (3235) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - APR 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce can
I am not sure what to compare this to. An unusual Christmas ale is part Belgian, part winter warmer, and part gingerbread house. The combination is solid although it lacks the presence of Great Lakes Christmas Ale or some other high gravity seasonals.
Aroma / Appearance - The carbonated base bubbles with activity. The color of warm molasses it has a dusky ambiance and cool vanilla head. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and seasonal winter spices are a bit boozy. Nothing backs it up though; it is just that feel of ethanol. Minty undertones are not expected at all.
Flavor / Palate - The taste of spicy cola, nutmeg, and iced tea are a strange blend of winter and spring. Refreshing with a light transition the biggest woe is a medicinal tang that hangs in the throat. While reasonable the small flaws here or there detract from the promise of a reliable winter warmer.
esoxangler (100) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not sure I’ve had anything to compare it to, and it doesnt really taste spicy at all, however it was actually just a great beer, one of the only "seasonal" beers i would ever get again. It was good and hoppy, pretty nice citrusy flavor to it.
drsordr (1533) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - MAR 12, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft to sampler copper color. Nose spice, ginger, and sweet malt. Tannic woody up front. Almost whisky barrel. Then sweet malt. Light finish.
Wittales (715) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - FEB 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was clear reddish amber with diminishing creamy off white 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are light sweet malt bill with spices of ginger, hints of soft pine. Taste are soft toffee malt base then spice of mild ginger and orange, hops are balanced pine. Palate was soft smooth creamy CO2 with medium body, then balanced spicey, piney and malty finish. A good balanced sessional winter ale. Thx jsquire for trade.
icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 9, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Pours a rich dark amber with nice white head with excellent lacing. Nice aroma of pine, grapefruit rind, and floral notes. Medium, slightly watery feeling mouthfeel. Flavors of citrus, spice, and dark malt. Dry finish.
blutt59 (6234) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Canned, dark reddish brown color, thick creamy tan foam, aroma is lots of sticky red pine, flavor is nicely balanced toffees, red pine cones, nice balance with a creamy hop finish