ShawnMalloy (130) - Auburn, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cheers to Rogue for creating this extremely well balanced brew. The hops, malts, and spices are evened out to create a perfectly well rounded ale.
scottyshades (130) - Parkland, Florida, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Pours a semi-transparent orange/amber color with a small eggshell color head. Retention is good enough
S: Mellow malts, caramel, residual sugar (almost like priming sugar?), juniper berry!, and one or two other Christmas spices. Hops are earthy, spicy, and faintly citric (lemon). Pretty complex I guess, but a little too subtle for a better score
T: Interesting flavor, very malt forward. Hops add some nice bitterness, a little citrus juice, and blend well with the spices. Juniper is definitely identifiable.
MF/D: Light in body, slightly prickly carbonation, bitter/juniper finish. Drinkability is high, especially with the alcohol well hidden.
Notes: Interesting beer, pairs well with food I have found. Rogue is usually really hit or miss with me, this one is a hit
rich42 (128) - USA - NOV 19, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
not bad - but not really what I look for in a winter ale. too hoppy and too sprucy for me. leaves my tongue feeling all oily. reminds me of their red ale. maybe I’m just a wimp who likes them soft and malty - but it’s not quite my thing.
shotgun1431 (128) - franklin furnace, Ohio, USA - JAN 13, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I love the aroma. It reminded me a bit of eggnog at first. It pours red/amber with a lite tan head. I was expecting this to be sweet from the smell but the flavor is bitter hops with a touch of malt.
Erdinger2003 (127) - West Union, Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a regular head that falls away into a weak lacing with a little foam. Looks red to light brown in color and it’s fairly clear. The first scent is of sharp piney hops with a little fruity sweetness for an undertone. Bitter piney hops hits my mouth and throat attacking it, almost making me choke. Once I got used to it and let it warm up it gets better and in the end leaves a slight sweet, fruity taste on the palate.
bruno1378 (126) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours nice, good head and color. Was a bit overhopped for my taste however.
JustinFromAL (125) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Reddish brown pour with an off white head. Nice lacing as the head dissipates. Sweetness in the aroma, caramel maybe. The extra hops really come out and open the flavor up. Very enjoyable!
jimmiec (122) - Louisiana, USA - NOV 26, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22-oz bottle Marcello’s Lafayette, La - Aroma: spicy, floral, grapefruit, citrus (hop), ; Appearance: very reddish-amber color, clear, frothy off-white head, plenty of laces; Flavor: nutty, toasted, caramel, slight sweetness (toffee), malty, salty (malt), bitter (hop); Mouthfeel: light to medium bodied, medium to high carbonation, dry finish; Overall: awesome hop aroma and bitterness with beautiful color that is balanced with a malty beer. Goes nicely with turkey, gravy, and cranberries sauce.
GoldenSpunky (120) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 16, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Usually a big fan of this brewery, but I was alittle disappointed by this one. I did brush my teeth recently however i think it wouldnt be much better either way. The bitterness of this beer just takes over the taste and makes the other subtle flavors fade into the background. So Im sorry I bought two of them...dont recommend it.
daniellerose7 (119) - new york, New York, USA - DEC 26, 2007
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mmmm Mmmm Santa, you sure did a good job with this beer! Yummy yummy! Very spicey and hints of Chrismas mint and nutmeg. High carbonation for X-tra X-mas delight only Santa could bring!!! Yay!