Scipio (831) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a clear amber with a frothy light beige head. The aroma gives a seasonal impression, with cinnamon, spices, caramel, and nutmeg. Good, but it is all more subtle in strength. Sadly, the taste does not continue along these lines. It is very yeasty instead, with only faint traces of cinnamon and nutmeg in the flavor. Aftertaste is yeast. Medium in body with a more thin texture. Overall, I am disappointed with this one. It is just as disappointing for a beer to have such a great name as this and representing such a respected figure as Santa.
beer_rookie (405) - Arkansas, USA - SEP 18, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pre pour thoughts....No date on bottle. Am I drinking this year’s batch, last year’s batch, 2011 batch....?
Pours a more red than amber color. Not sure what color to call it...red/amber/rust combo. Nice, thick, clumpy beige head that tops this thing like dusty snow. Amazing head, amazing retention, amazing thick clumpy clingy lacing. Wow! It’s beautiful! There’s also very thick solid sediment in the bottom of the bottle that you must aggressively shake to get out. Also, fine particulate in the beer itself. Hey, have I mentioned it’s head?
Aroma is dank earthy hops. Reminds me of wet leaves. Light pine, bread crust. Light malt.
Taste is much the same. Hop forward, not enough malt to balance. Bitterness holds and lingers. Not much to say about it.
Mouthfeel is medium full bodied. Dry. Its jaw puckering bitterness for sure. Has body and bitterness that make it seem heftier than 6.0%.
Overall, it’s pretty good. I’m not sure where it’s going. I like it okay I guess. It makes a decent holiday beer, I’d probably buy it again, I might or might not recommend it.
Pdubyah (637) - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - JUN 24, 2016
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was sore disappointed in this. I like the aroma it develops well, and the beer looks mostly ok but could have done with a head. The taste though is pretty much all forward and there i a duty dry finish. I thought it needed more middle to be better, and I think it’s a confused beer otherwise.
RichardGretton (4640) - Leicestershire, ENGLAND - APR 24, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Brownish amber beer with a strong head. The aroma is roasted with a slight herbal quality, and the flavour is very bitter and roasted with a hint of maltiness. Overall a nice amber ale.
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sharkydodson (1168) - St. Petersburg, RUSSIA - MAR 25, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
the aroma is caramel and hoppy with hints of pine, citrus, toffee and spicy herbs... the taste is malty and fruity with notes of toffee, pine needles, orange, nuts and spicy grasses... bitter and dry aftertaste...
donandres (359) - , Washington, USA - MAR 17, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from the brewery in Issaquah
Appearance: deep amber, clear, cloudy medium head, lacing
Aroma: malty, hay/cereal-strong smell of grains
Taste: very good, bitterness and minimal follow through
Palate: Medium-full body, very nice, sticky creamy, fizzy, strong bitter finish follow through
Overall: very good beer, good to repeat
Drank: March 17, 2016
Happy St Patrick’s Day
MetalNHopHead (1432) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - FEB 21, 2016
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Never knew Santa was such a hophead. The man in red knows where to hide the good stuff. Just a touch of haze in the amber body. Off white head leaves lots of lacing behind. Aroma of caramel, zesty citrus, and earth. Taste is pretty interesting. Malt has biscuit and toffee notes. Flavor is more hop-forward, though. Chewy pineapple, grapefruit, and some slightly tart berry. This is one that had to grow on me a little. I liked it a lot when it warmed. Pretty bitter for an Amber Ale. I say that as a compliment, of course.
graham_murphy (610) - - FEB 21, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Biscuit and caramel in the malt like a red ale. Lots of bitterness in the hops - lingering in the mouth - like an IPA / modern red. A little spice thrown in for the festive season I guess - thankfully not too much.
mjmoen (327) - - FEB 3, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a clear dark amber color with white head. Bitter finish, but otherwise enjoyable
airrick2003 (865) - Louisiana, USA - JAN 26, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: pours with a large light tan head, the beer is an opaque dark amber or even brown color
Aroma: bread, hints of potpourri
Taste: red tasting malt sweetness, some grain, has some bitterness to compliment the malt,
Palate: light mouthfeel, minimal bitter aftertaste, lively carbonation
Overall: a solid malt forward beer that still has a robust bitterness as well, easily drinkable in winter or summer
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joe19612 (2594) - camberley, Surrey, ENGLAND - JAN 24, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Bottle a brown colour with a small white head,light malt aroma, taste is bitter and fruity with some spice coming through, with a dry bitter finish.