JML044 (31) - Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Another good Revolution Ale. Nice Carmel color. Good aroma.
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satan165 (1018) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. aroma is strong standard CCC style american hopping, chinook coming later with more savory, non-citrus, darker note. heavy grains top off, good balance here. wood bark, tree sap, roasted lemons. hints of spice meld well but remain subtle due to natural similarities in hopping and grain bill. appearance burnished amber, good nucleation, ring with tiny legs and diminishing island head. flavor has still more subtle xmas spice and more malt forward, entirely pleasing and balanced. a rare good use of spice, refusing to overpower.
novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I LOVED this Christmas ale. Super piney, with tasting notes of orange citrus zest, a little bit of bitter hop, pine, grass, and a beautiful light brown pour. Already looking forward to my pour next Christmas!
Pastor (790) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cracked this late Christmas day with my son. It was the hoppest Christmas brew I have ever partaken of. Great color and head so the presentation was perfect in the chalices I had chosen. We has drank some great dark beers before so this was a welcome change of hops and spices. A good Christmas beer don’t leave it out from your next winter tasting
rubbishystuff (1727) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
The spice level was very appropriate. Boozy tasting for the strength. Hops did well with the spice and didn’t distract or compete. Serving: Bottle
7DResearch (5) - - DEC 21, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of bottle. Very comfortable for a Christmas beer. Malt and mild bitterness. Holiday session.
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jdavisesq (38) - - DEC 21, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From 22 oz. bomber to pint glass. Moderate head and carbonation. Aroma is piney, dank. Taste is northwest hops, piney, citrus, and citra? Mild bitterness with some sweet malt and moderate mouthfeel.
DoublEE (784) - South Euclid, Ohio, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Taste leans heavy towards the bitter hoppy side of things with a decidedly earthy profile. Spice and herbs are present, but not in the spice-rack-dumped-into-the-kettle kind of way that many Christmas brews are. The hops play nicely with the spices. A touch of clove and spruce in the middle which prevent any sweetness from coming through. The finish is dry and quick. Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation with a medium body. I was hesitant to try this as I often times am not a fan of spiced Xmas brews, but this was a nice surprise. The spices are present, but tame enough to let the beer qualities shine through.
Headbanger (2856) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle 12/17/12 (Trader Joe’s-Naperville)-40° in Lager Glass-Pours a clear ruby red with a small off white ring for a head. Aroma of hops, malt, and spices. Taste of pine, hops, malt, spices, ginger, and toffee. This medium bodied brew is a nice well balanced and tasty christmas brewm
drdisque (491) - Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Matilda, Chicago. Fairly syrupy mouthfeel. Very sweet toffee flavor. Ginger and spice notes do come through and a little bit of fruity hoppyness. An overly-sweet mess, but at least had some depth of flavor to back it up.