Tmoney99 (9593) - 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.
Dogbrick (6824) - 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.
crossovert (5640) - 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.
BBB63 (5602) - 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!
Theydon_Bois (5278) - The íSham, 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!
arminjewell (5145) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish pour with thin to no off white head, aroma brought notes of caramel, lots of spicy hops, orange peel, some lemon, hints of grass, pine in there, some spice with ginger and coriander as well. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, orange peel, ginger, mixing into some coriander, nice grassy pine notes in the middle, slight grapefruit, more sweet malts, finishing slightly bitter. Not what I was expecting, but decent.
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 - Iím not getting the hype/good ratings on this one, I didnít particularly enjoy this. Fruitcake and spice elements, but something doesnít taste right. Just not my cup of tea (or glass of beer).
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub (Chicago, IL) with deyholla. Pours a deep reddish copper hue, darker and a light haze, with a small offwhite head atop, dies to a film and laces small. Aromas are caramel and biscuity malts complimented by piney and floral hops, touches of grass, citrusy orange, and a touch of mellow spiced ginger. Initial is lighter end of medium bodied, biscuity and caramel malts hold up the beer with piney and resiny hops soaking through, providing sufficient bittering. Touches of orange marmalade, toffee, and ginger dance throughout. A simpler christmas beer with some nice accents, good hopping profile, and nothing too sweet or cloying. The orange really is a nice element. Finishes dry and lightly spiced, lingering biscuits.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub - December 27, 2010.
Pours a nice reddish-brown color with a fairly-large head that sticks around for awhile before fading down into a thin cap. The nose is intriguing, blending spices and hops quite well. Really enjoy how the spices mix in with the Chinook hops. The taste does this really well also, though it is a bit of a step down from the nose, which is reflected in the mouthfeel, where everything doesnít meld quite as well. Drinkability was pretty good, but not something Iíd want a full pint of.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 01-04-2011
Strykzone (4198) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at rsbls. Clear and kind of pink brown. Not sure what to think of this. A thin feel. Mildly hoppy and grassy. Dry. Maybe some peach. Light spice.