HogTownHarry (6374) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JAN 6, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Thanks to my 2006 Secret Santa!. Bright clear ruby-peach with a smallish foamy/bubbly off-white head. Dry yet malt-sweet aroma of gingerbread, chocolate nut brownies, mild alcohol and herbal hops - a bit like a spicier scotch ale. Taste - very malty and nutty, sweet, yet enough nutshell bitterness to keep it in check - finishes a little too quick, but eventually a moderate alcohol presence looms. Bright, watery mouthfeel, but enough slickness and life to make it pleasant, a slight cocoa/nut aftertaste. Very nice seasonal beer, just boozy enough and extremely easy to drink - it passes my "I’d hit it again" test - thank you very much, Santa!!
BelgianBeerGal (3716) - Panama City, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2007
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Pretty tasty Christmas bier. Poured a chocolate brown with red reflections; good carbaonation and decent head. Had a deep flavor that was enjoyable. I’ll look for this again next season.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 28, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is a bit spicy. Flavour is a bit chalky, with very sweet rhythm. The beer’s mood is right on target with the holiday season.
Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours an opaque brownish color without much of a head. Aroma is not too potent, sweetly malty, just a bit of spices. Taste is malty, sweet, with notes of a few different spices and a hint of hops. Pretty refreshing brew, especially on a chilly evening.
DaMenace123 (253) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 26, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Aroma is spicy hops, and a bit of sweet malt. Similar flavor, well balanced with bitter, smooth aftertaste.
argo0 (13021) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle) Hazy copper body topped by medium beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, orange, allspice, bread. Taste is moderately sweet, candied orange, bread/caramel, spice/allspice, some raisin. Medium body, alcohol warming. Good, but a bit too sweet for my liking.
JPDIPSO (5519) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Lightly hazed orange/umber color. Just a thin lid of light beige bubbles. Quite sweet and grainy in scent. Aromas of corn silage and alcohol. This really brings back memories of feeding the cows just prior to milking. Heavy malty flavors with a with caramel and light fruit. A touch of floral hops help keep things a touch sweet. Mild spice in the finish and linger. Some dry grain and malt flavors in the linger. A stronger malty amber ale.
johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich red/brown, carbonated, fluffy tan head; great looking in the glass. Aroma of medium strength, some grassy hops as well as fruity malt. An initial bitterness gives way to sweet, a slightly viscous mouthfeel and warm finish, hops again with some interesting maltiness there, a touch of caramel. Lasts. Quite well done.
chef201atc (261) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - NOV 3, 2006
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear copper color with moderate tan head. Nose is slightly malty and fruity with hints of plums. Flavor is fruity and spicy, but not much hops.
DarkElf (3051) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUN 14, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with 123456green, thanks Louis!) Not a fan of how this Christmas beer tastes. It’s very sweet, fruity, bready and malty, and lightly bitter. Quite spicy, herbal and tea-like too, but the beer seems somewhat oxidized and exceptionally woody to me, and the overall flavor is not appealing to me at all. Spicy, peppery aroma is very prominent amidst the malty, bready nose. Medium-bodied with typical carbonation. Very hazy orange-amber in color. Small, beige head settles to a ring and some sprinkles, but leaves only a hint of spotty lace on the glass. Even after more than half the pint, this beer still hasn’t grown on me. I don’t care for it and won’t be drinking this again.