satan165 (1020) - 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.
seuinoz (172) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 16, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Very bland. Hardly a Christmas ale, just a ale. No taste of spices like a Christmas ale should have. Not a good Christmas ale better ones out there
Ahuth (104) - - NOV 16, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can. Dark copper has a light taste. Not a very bold taste. Very light. Has a nice spicy hop taste. Decent ale.
kirk36 (181) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 14, 2015
2.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I don't taste the spices, Clark! The twinkly lights aren't twinkling Clark! Thanks for noticing , ED! Plain as day, indistinguishable from an unlabeled ale from Lost. Where's the orange? Coriander? Where? I don't taste any of it. But, positives: easy to drink, higher alcohol, and it's ok.
---Rat via Beer Buddy for iPhone
RSRIZZO (1905) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz can (courtesy of Headbanger) poured into a Shaker at 40°. Color is a deep hazy amber with good carbonation and a rocky off white head. Aroma of toffee and fresh hops. It has a medium body with a smooth mouth feel. Flavor is dried fruits, toffee and citrus backed by a nice bitterness. After taste is orange zest and spice. Overall this is a very good holiday brew with easy drinking bold flavors.
GranvilleTim (1778) - Granville, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mahogany pour with a brown head. Aroma is Christmas spices. Taste is nutmeg, citrusy. Ok beer. Not bad.
rumproasts (4290) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 24, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
can. Brown with one finger head. Malty warmer style. Quite a bit of ginger and some other spice as well.
Panzuriel (1556) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
FIstmas is a red copper clear brew with a head of tiny tan bubbles. The aroma is pine needle hops and just a bit of caramel sweetness. Taste is just a bit of decent roasted malt, then a nice hit of nutmeg and a few other spices that resolve into just a touch of hop bitterness at the end. The texture is fluid and just a bit lively. a very nice version of a winter beer.
jmohno (1346) - Iowa, USA - JAN 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is a sunset red, clear, white cap with spotty lace. Some fruit and candy caramel aroma, almost candycane , minty. sweetish with fruit notes. Taste is same, with a bit of dry alcohol. Malty mostly with sweet fruit tones.Ginger and orange probably but kind of an unidentifiable spices thing.Peppery and orange like I guess. Not big on holiday ales but pretty good for one.
Mittenator (1609) - Michigan, USA - JAN 1, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can thanks to malec2626. Deep Amber with a brown head. Heavy hops and spice.
FestDecBeet (412) - - DEC 24, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Look: pours a dark Amber. Off white head. Very clear.
Smell: slight pine. Sweet caramel. Xmas potpourri. Hops.
Taste: hops. Caramel. Slight pine.
Feel: medium carbonation. Slight thick mouth feel.
Overall: ok beer nice aroma.
First drank: home 12/24/14