rubbishystuff (1689) - 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 didnít distract or compete. Serving: Bottle
JoePeesie (850) - Long Lake, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a ruby brown with beige head. Nose and taste are of moderate spice, malt and hops. This beer could use some nutmeg and a bit more spice in general. I found it a tad bland for the style, but good enough to quench my thirst while shoveling.
Frank (2224) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a pretty good winter seasonal thatís as much IPA as it is spiced beer. It pours a nice red color w/ a scant white head. This is a hop first beer w/ a good bit of ginger thrown in. Itís a touch on the sweet side w/ firm and earthy bitterness in the finish. Itís maybe a little heavy to drink all night but one is nice.
AWISLguy (934) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled at Mackeyís Hideout in Island Lake. Pours a tannish brown with no head. Aroma has spices, cloves, cardamon and faint fruits. Taste is quite cardamon-y, with a ginger ale presence. Shrug? Holidayish, sure.
ChiGuy68 (295) - Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from a 12oz. can. It poured a deep amber with a frothy, off-white head and spotty lacing. A sweet caramel-malt aroma and a spicy malt taste.
pablo951 (378) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had it out of a can. Poured a brownish clear hue with a medium brownish head. It has a hop and pine aroma and the taste is hop sour yet smooth.
sharkbcr (86) - Illinois, USA - DEC 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber brown color, ample head. Aroma is slightly sweet hinting of ginger. Taste is well balanced between the malts, hops, orange and ginger. The finish is crisp and faintly hoppy. This is one of the best holiday beers I had yet.
tmoreau (1934) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ellynís Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL. and dispensed to a shaker showing a bright & clear, walnut color, only a modest layer of quickly diminishing, off white, bubbly head foam, but good cling to the wavy ribbons of lacing. The nose was piney, orange zest, with caramel & brown sugar sweetness. Moderately bitter, with some citrusy astringency, medium body, and lively carbonation. A touch of tartness, hop bitterness, and gingered sweetness lingered into the finish. Maybe a little too sweet imo, but a crisp and flavorful holiday brew nonetheless.
Saebom (6) - - NOV 25, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: NOV 28, 2013 I like this beer but it?s not what I expected from a Christmas ale. It?s definitely one of the better IPA?s I?ve had.
ryrpat (53) - Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice reddish amber color with a very smooth finish. Not as crazy as some of their other beers. Has a slightly fruity taste but not overpowering
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msalsbury (5) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2013 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Revolutionís page for this beer says itís got the aroma of fresh baked bread, caramel, and stone fruits. To me, itís as though someone squeezed all the moisture and aroma from a Christmas tree and poured it into a glass. The flavor follows that. Itís hoppy and piney, and nothing at all like I expect a Christmas ale to taste. I was grateful that Iíd only purchased a 5 ounce sample and not a full pint of it. This beer would be the lump of coal Iíd put in the stockings of beer lovers I hate.