ttutony (586) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good stuff. Nice mix with the malt flavors and hops, doesn’t seem like either one takes the other over. Solid holiday brew.
SuIIy (1984) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Santa. Pours a light amber color with a small off white head. Nose is bready with a light floral hop note mixed in. Palate is full and fluffy. Flavors of bready malts and light floral hop notes.
Soonah (1120) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap. Poured a rich amber color with a two-finger tall, off-white head. Good lacing. Smelled hoppy, with pine and citrus pushing through the standard christmas spice. The flavor was a nice blend of fresh citrus hops and sweet malts with a touch of cinnamon that wasn’t overwhelming. Almost medium bodied. Really pretty good.
sneagrams3 (2337) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tasted 11/30/09. 12oz bottle. Filtered with an orange ruby hue. Finger width of cavernous off-white head. Heady aromas of sweet bready malts. Faint earthy spice. Medium bodied with a very sweet malt palate. Yep, definitely sweet! Big berry esters and citrus notes throughout. Nice sipper. Once the sweetness subsides, the hops start to shine. Definite dichotomy. And both really stand up. This really has a pleasant complexity. Bready malts and earthy hops. Good carbonation. Solid brew!
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark reddish amber with a nice layer of head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, nuts, and spruce. Medium body, creamy, and full of malt with some warming alcohol. Nice warm up on a cold day. Overall it is a very well done strong ale, wish more breweries would make them.
DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 27, 2009 Bottle from SAggieTits97: Pours a clear seared sienna, head but a halo. Nose of Christmas cookies, fresh pine tree, and caramel apple. Tastes of spices, caramel, and light pine. full almost syrupy yet wet feeling body..tastes pretty alcoholic and aggressive hopping probably more than adequate...alcohol is not hidden. at all. I don’t give a fuck what half these raters say...It’s almost peppery, like cheap spirits...a bit harsh, i must say. Just seems rigid and not something I could drink and relax with...which is the whole purpose of a Christmas ale, in my opinion.
Hopper (827) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A caramel color beer with a nice head. The aroma was sweet & the taste was sweet, somewhat fruity & caramel malt.
Fratto (2438) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 19, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Gingerman Fort Worth. Aroma is grainy and has a buttery note. Flavor is caramel, spices, and malts. A little woody.
llcooldave (985) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woodsy pine aroma with some cedar mixed in... COOL! Crystal clear amber copper in color. Sweet malt flavor with a spicy aftertaste like nutmeg & cinnamon. Overall, this is a complex brew but very drinkable at the same time... great!
DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Dig Pub in Cedar Park. Nice big malt bomb! Just a bit of carbonation but it goes down way too easy given the ABV. Reminded me of cask ale in London. Yum.