hollybeery (66) - Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from winter 2009. Thick frothy white head, but dissipates quickly. Brew is amber. Nice big chewy mouthfeel. Yeasty biscuty nose and a lingering yeast finsh. Pretty good brew even given its age.
Veldy (65) - Coon Rapids, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I love the caramel! It's not cloying and the body and mouthfeel not too big. The hops are nearly perfect. Somehow, this beer can still quench a thirst. A slightly hazy orange to amber with an off white head. Nice malt are balanced by aromatic hops. I will buy again.
frankenstein (64) - Livermore, California, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a great hop resin and spice aroma to it. A nice dark amber appearance. Has a good hop/malt/spice flavor to it. Would like to see a little higher alcohol %, maybe say 7% to make it an ideal Christmas beer. Love the name, hey, even Santa has to drink beer.
IPALover (63) - Carlsbad, California, USA - JAN 26, 2003
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nice hoppy ale with a full
body. Nice initial aroma
which is a nice intro to
this somewhat heavy ale
thats assertively hopped.
Too bad you can only get
this around x-mas.
Great painted bottle!
brianairb85 (62) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle- Pours a copper color with a light malt flavor. It has a little hop and slight piney flavor. Good light ale with some pop.
rob897 (62) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Great hop flavor, nice dark amber pour with long lasting head. Great seasonal brew for the holidays. Will definitely drink more of this one.
beeriodic (61) - Longmont, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours deep amber with a big tan head and large bubbles. Lots of dry-hopped aroma in the nose. Hop flavor is dominated by agressive bitterness, that makes my mouth say "grapefruit." There's just not enough gravity to balance it out... this level of IBUs need more ABV, IMHO (har har).
NewCastle1 (59) - Indiana, USA - MAR 25, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Poured a very dark golden brown. With a hint of redness. Nice aroma. Notice hints of yeast, and citrus. And a touch of alcohol smell even the the ABV is not that strong. Taste is a little off to me. Has some bitter hops that show up right after the swallow. Very slight caramel note. But mostly bitter hops and citrus. Grapefruit is the one that comes to mind. Dry finish at the end. Not bad. Not one I will rush to have again though.
SilentJo (59) - Chocowinity, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2014
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is sweet malt, taste was a mix of hops and malt, the sweet tried to balance the bitterness but it leaves a thick feeling on my tongue. Hop heads would enjoy it but not quite my taste.
Treephiend (58) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 30, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
spicy aroma, red color, off white head. Very hoppy taste with a bit of malty sweetness. Solid brew, not exactly what I was expecting, but good.