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!
BOSSbrewer (1991) - Arkansas, USA - AUG 24, 2013
4.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had this at their place in Chicago. All the beer unless noted otherwise were good to very good. Unfortunately this was rated with another program and I can't import my comments.
HighWine (954) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 25, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Rating is a side by side comparison of the tap and cask samples from the brewery. Obviously the same reddish brown color with an almond head. The cask version holds the head for a long time after the tap thins to a small ring around the glass. Tap aroma is fresh, Earthy hops reminding of cut grass and lemons rind. No detectable difference in fragrance between the two. Flavor is a delicious burst of hops. Totally caught me by surprise for a Christmas seasonal but it’s delicious. Big citrus and grassy hops with just a hint of "cascade style" bitterness. (In quotes because I’m not sure if any Cascade hops were used. Probably not but the Nelson Sauvin hops are delicious.). The malt lies nicely underneath the hops all throughout the pour. Mildly sweet like agave nectar. Finish is clean except for a 10 second fading away of the perfumy hop flavors. Good mouthfeel. An excellent beer. The cask version, somewhat surprisingly, lacks the depth of flavor and mouthfeel of the tap version. It’s more like a moderately hoppy brown ale that is thin midway through the taste. I am rating this high based on the tap version.
gws57 (1275) - Saint Charles, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2013 Had this one on draught at the brewpub in Chicago, Illinois. Just a spectacularly spicy and pine hoppy beer.
86Moose (62) - - NOV 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Another excellent entry to this year’s Holiday & Winter beer selection. Possibly the best Christmas beer that I have had in recent years. A full body beer similar to an IPA with a crisp, fruity flavor. A Definite Must for the serious beer drinker.
nio7gio (3) - - NOV 12, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Chinook is definitely prominent in this beer. Very drinkable and great clarity. Thank you revolution for not "over Christmas spicing it".
DoublEE (783) - 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.
sharkbcr (110) - 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.
Thechasm442 (345) - 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.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Brewpub. Pours a deep red with a tan head. Aroma of pine and fruity ale esters. Medium bodied with a chewy texture. Flavor of caramel, brown sugar, and orange jam countered by a moderate catty bitterness. Very nice