theOptimator (354) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is sweet caramel malt, citrus pineapple. appearance is hazy orange brown with frothy tan head that lingers. Taste is bright malt and citrus hopping. Firm clean bitterness follows closely. Palate is medium full. Chewy for such a small beer... but still crisp due to high IBU’s. Overall an excellent AM Amber. Big malt and bigger hopping. One of my favorite styles. Nothing christmas about this at all though.... kinda misleading. Whatever though, still a good beer.
Druss (9) - Goulburn, AUSTRALIA - JAN 1, 2016 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, purchased late Dec 2014. Pours a red coppery ale, minimal head, zero retention. Low carbonation. Sweet, with heavy caramel malts and more bitterness than an ex-girlfriend. Full body, thick texture with a long lingering finish.
Is it a good beer? Yes. Is it a Christmas beer (in the traditional sense)? No. Is it worth what was paid? Sadly, no. Too heavy on the bitterness for my personal liking and I do like a nice bit of hops. Would I recommend you try it? Yes.
brucebruce81 (345) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 30, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This was a decent beer it was pretty rough and a little on the natural side of the beer. It was like a good try but nothing that reminds me of Santa
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BadAprilia1000 (391) - Sevierville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a brownish amber color with a relatively small head. Aroma is bitter hops and huge malt, molasses and caramel thick, very roasty and nutty, toffee as well. Taste is nutty and a very light roast, caramel and bread into a earthy hoppy finish. Great beer!
Grima (2228) - Merzkirchen, RLP, GERMANY - DEC 27, 2015
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Bierkompass!
Pours hazy amber colored with a small off-white head. Aroma has toffee, caramel, nuts and some spices as well as some floral hops. Taste of spicy and nutty malts, paired with some harsh bitter hops, which have also a nice fruity flavor. Finish is very nutty, some ginger bread as well as some bitter malts and floral hop notes.
SteveOrz85 (178) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big bottle out of fridge shared three ways. Served in stemmed IPA glass. Thin head dissipates quick. Head is white in color. Just a little lacing. Beer is a deep cloudy orange color. Aroma is a blend of hops. None specific known to my knowledge. Taste is hoppy but relatively smooth. Medium bitterness, touch of sweetness. Light bodied and average carbonation. Overall a good ale. Nothing specific to Christmas other than name.
RCx240 (178) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 25, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy amber, with a thin, tan head. Faint resinous aroma. Taste is light malts, grapefruit notes. Finishes with an earthy, herbal bitterness with slight coffee undertones. Average body, soft carbonation, creamy and slightly sticky texture.
hard33psingh (1) - California, USA - DEC 24, 2015 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Rogue has done it again with there Santa’s private reserve, had this at my friends house was so good...the coffee,nuts and the chocolate really stand out with a bitter sweeter finish. would definitely try again cheers to this awesome Christmas beer.
kapusil (961) - HUNGARY - DEC 24, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
0.65l bottle. Slightly hazy amber body, thin beige head. Aroma and taste of caramel, toast, orange zest, grapefruit, pine, a tiny bit of roasted malts and floral hops. Decent beer.
John25 (1291) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Copper. Spiced pine, malty, winter, spruce, caramel. Nice. Solid. Medium all around.
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