jflopsu (308) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a dark amber with thick white head. Has a nice mix of malt, hop, and spice aroma. Taste is a nice mix of malt, hops, and very unique spices. Most unique amber I’ve had. Has a heavy malt aftertaste.
BackyardDogs (19) - South Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Average ale. Nothing special but not bad either. Another rouge. Not much to talk about here.
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ComradeK (861) - Blue Mountains, AUSTRALIA - NOV 22, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
650ml bottle. Pours a hazy copper amber, with a large off-white head, which lasts well and leaves decent lacing. Resin and mild floral hops and burnt toffee and rye bread malt make up the aroma. Floral and spicy hops up front give way to toffee and rye toast in the mid-palate. Quite bitter pine appears in the finish. This is a fairly decent amber ale, but it doesn’t really stand out from the crowd.
superspak (1930) - Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle into signature pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a 2013 release. Pours fairly hazy ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, floral, grass, herbal, pine, light nuttiness, and floral/toasted earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of malt and hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of orange zest, grapefruit, lemon zest, caramel, toast, brown sugar, biscuit, nuttiness, floral, grass, pine, herbal, and floral/toasted earthiness. Good amount of earthy pine resin bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus, citrus zest, caramel, toast, biscuit, brown sugar, floral, pine, and floral/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; with a good bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a moderately creamy and sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming present after the finish. Overall this is a nice amber ale style. Good balance and complexity of malt and hop flavors; and smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.
VastActiv (1697) - Oulu, FINLAND - NOV 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 0.335l at home (via alesbymail). Colour is orange with small white head. Aromas and flavours: Hops, some spices and roasted malts.
DavidWoodruff (385) - 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 (264) - 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 (153) - 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 (2516) - 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.