DavidWoodruff (378) - Windsor, California, USA - NOV 16, 2013
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours dark gold/amber with no head. Aroma of any kind is hardly present. Flavor is dominated by bitter hops with just a hint of nuttiness peaking through. Did not realize that Santa was a masochist. Truly an unpleasant, out of balance brew.
BrettTaylor (253) - Radford, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish orange with light tan head. Aromas of hops - lots of pine and resin on the nose, with a bit of roasted malt. Tastes resinous, citrus, and a bit of malty sweetness. Quite a long finish. This is a big beer and quite tasty.
naivepegasus (324) - USA - NOV 16, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clowdy orange brown with half a finger of slowly dissipating slightly tan head. Some brown sugar notes in the nose. A surprisingly full mouthfeel, it starts with a slightly nutty taste that fades to a hoppy bitterness with a bit of burnt toast in the aftertaste. This isn’t overly "christmas" tasting, but as a stand alone beer, it definitely surpassed my expectations.
Azand222 (141) - Westminster, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Pours a reddish amber with a light cream head. The beer smells like Christmas, spruce and roasty. The taste is hoppy and a little malty, the woody flavor is noticeable in the finish. Overall a good beer, light in the mouth and hoppy.
Patrickctenchi (2478) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours cloudy brown with a large tan head.
Pine, caramel nose.
Taste is spruce....malty.
Nice leafy hopping.
Evolutionary (217) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from giant eagle. 2013. Nose is piney hop and spruce. Body is a bit full for an ale and hoppy. Balance is pretty good with malt fullness hiding under cover of hop goodness. Santas private has never tasted so good.
---Rated via my mouth
cduncan14 (101) - Sandy Springs, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Poured from a bottle into a glass. Lots of citrusy hop aromas, as well as some dark fruit. Creamy beige head and a dark reddish-brown color. Really well-balanced hoppy flavor with a sweet caramel finish. This is probably the best amber ale I’ve ever had and one of my new favorites, period.
Bov (8805) - Bienne, SWITZERLAND - NOV 4, 2013
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
from Erzbierschof - gusher !! ... pours a cloudy brown beer with a chaotic foam; aroma of marzipan, nutmeg and biscuit; medium-bodied, pretty earthy and light fruity finish with lingering spicy tones - not terrible
KansaiBeerLvrs (873) - Kyoto, JAPAN - SEP 25, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
About 500 yen from Asahiya. A bitter amber colored beer, very hoppy with great head & lacing. Nice but too bitter for me.
wyzzywyz22 (1743) - Wirral, Merseyside, ENGLAND - SEP 15, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, Nina’s Edinburgh. Dark copper pour with a middling off-white head. Sweet malt, fruits, a little spice and grassy hop in the nose. Some metallic notes in the flavour which was hop driven and lacking in depth. Nowt special.