Kevin (2048) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04 bottle, pours amber with a volumous creamy head. dusty sweet plum aroma. taste is rich dark fruits and a sweet finish. leaves a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. other flavors emerge from this a s i drink, oaky spices vanilla, and some other muted malted flavors. some might say it needs more hop balance, but they are damn liars and don’t know what they are talking about. i am amazed this is 7% the alcohol is perfectly hidden. this might be my favorite Texas brew.
TChrome (1409) - Bedford, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cooper colored ale with a creamy off white head that is minimally retained. Aroma is sweetly malty with some spice. Flavor is more substantial than the aroma with very nice malt sweetness and significant spiciness. Pretty similar to Anchor OSA, though not quite that good.
IndianaRed (2316) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle Pours a clear redish copper witha nice thick light tan head that last quite a while leaving blocky lacing. Having accidentally snorted this beer just nowm, the aromas escape me temproarily... Flavors are very woody, tree bark, fairly sweet and yes the hops are a bit spicy, but only in the background. The 7% is not very ni\oticeable, carbonation is moderate, feel is not very heavy and the finish is a nice dark semi sweet malt flavor. Pretty good. Thanks again to Kaggie97
Lumpy (1802) - Carrollton, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Nice clean orange/amber body with a thin dense off white head. Good bitter flavor on the back end with a big ol’ wallop of malt. Notes of bitter hops, caramel, and chewy malts come out. Not bad. It reminds me of a marzen.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 25, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 17, 2005 This is definitely the best offering from this bunch. A nice mixture of spices from all over this crazy world. Worth the money... and the wait... Nice balance of sweet malt and bitter hops. The nose tricks the drinker with hints of caramel, but the overall experience is laced with seasonal spices and bitter hops. The alcohol is very well hidden, so be careful!
ddipaolo (26) - USA - DEC 8, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glad to see a local brew do well. Not too spicy, but not bland or flat. Has a nice sweet hint to it and a nice dark color.
bu11zeye (11933) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2004 (Bottle) Pours a dark cooper color with a small head. Descent tasting Christmas ale from Houston.
carboloader (673) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2003
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 *****Re-rating of 2009 batch, officially on sale at Spec’s in bottles. This is, to me, the best version of their Christmas Ale that I’ve tasted in years. I taste apples, clove, and less sugary sweetness, with more hoppy bitterness instead. I love it.
Pours a dark copper with a small head that dissipates. Aroma is hops and delicious malts of the, dare I say, barleywine variety. Flavor is similar to their brown ale, but with a bigger alcohol kick. Excellent balance of hops and malt. I will definitely seek out and purchase again. On sale for 5.99 for a six-pack. Worth the money!
jaymobrown (1647) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 10, 2003
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper color. Good malt in the front, but nice bitter and hops that mellow out in the end. A medium finish with lively mouthfeel. Surprisingly good.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber with a nice thick head, side by side this is identical to theri brown ale! A rich malty mouthfeel, almost soft and creamy but thick. Some hops at the finish, but still leaves along malty aftertaste.