Theydon_Bois (5279) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - NOV 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Revolution Brewpub, Chicago - 04/11/12.
Clear copper with reddish hues and a thin off white head which retains well. Good lacing follows.
Hops and pine on the nose, orange pith, spice.
Pine forward in the taste, hops, candied sugar, bitter orange peel, touch of spice.
Medium bodied with soft carbonation, smooth on the palate and bitter in the finish.
A rather decent Xmas beer well above the usual ho-ho, no-no humdrum!
kidmartinek (2968) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper color. Small white head. Light spicy aroma. Medium light body. Good flavor like a.mild IPAs. Hops are present and aromatic and provide a mild bitterness to the flavor. Very sessionable. Nice lacing. A satisfying beer.
Tmoney99 (9601) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Poured clear copper color with an average fizzy white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate ginger, resin and citrus aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium spice sweeet flavor with a medium sweet spice finish of moderate duration. Interesting beer.
ccex (868) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle pours a clear copper color with practically no head or lacing. Aroma is of spruce, ginger, pine, and cinnamon, Ealsily drinkable with a citrusy finish. Medium body, little carbonation, and a smooth mouthfeel. Not at all what I expected for a a holiday brew from a favorite brewer. Good but not great.
ryecatcher (540) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bomber. Pours a clear, brownish-amber. Little in the way of head or lacing. Nose is sorta weak, some malt hint of spice, slightly pissy. Mouth is odd for a ’holiday style’, malty up front with some hops, fades to a medium dry with some ginger. Not a real fan of this one. Give me the GLBC Christmas Ale over this one any day. RBC has done a lot better.
HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle. Deep ruby pour with a small, white head that fades to a rim around the glass. Aroma of spruce, pine, ginger. Mild orange, touches of hop and dough notes. Flavor is bitter, piney and sprucey, touches of ginger. More like an xmas tree than a ginger bread man. I mean, whatever you’re into dude. I’m not here to judge. Its medium bodied, fine for the ginger lover.
Scipio (592) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep, clear red with a thinner off white head. Aroma has more spice notes than anything else. Ginger, pine, a bit of caramel, and a bit of cinnamon. In the taste, orange flavors really come out. The pine and spicy notes are still there, but it is really the orange that stands out most. Orange aftertaste lingers with you. Smooth when drinking with a medium body. Not a whole lot of carbonation here. This one is alright. Nothing really stands out to take special notice. It is nice and easy to drink.
holdenn (2062) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at rev in 11/23 Clear red with an off white head. Fresh piney aroma. Citrus and fruity malts. Sweet malts a bit boozey and over bearing. Bitter finish a bit cloying. Too syruppy too much. A lighter and hopper beer would be preferable. 7/4/7/3/13
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 30, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Revolution on Dec. 29, 2011. Hmmm - I’m not getting the hype/good ratings on this one, I didn’t particularly enjoy this. Fruitcake and spice elements, but something doesn’t taste right. Just not my cup of tea (or glass of beer).
Newk (299) - - DEC 23, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
had this on tap and it was poured into a pint glass. Pours a medium brown/amber color with a quick head
good aromas of fruitcake, malts and citrus peels. Kind of straightforward and slightly muted as well
Medium bodied with a nice feel and very good flavors of spices, fruitcake and malts
A very good christmas beer. If the aromas were more pungent this would be extremely good. It’s enjoyable, but doesn’t lend itself to being drunk a lot