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 (11971) - 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 (674) - 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 (1686) - 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 (1906) - 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.
dukefan (214) - Dallas, Texas, USA - AUG 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A real nice hearty, warm flavored beer that is a nice winter beer without the "hot" high alcohol flavor of most heavy Xmas beers, or the overly spiced versoin of other Xmas beers.
bowen008 (134) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUN 29, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Oh god this beer is good. It is rich and sweet with spice to it. Somewhere in the hops this beer gets a taste like a cinnamon Christmas tree.
CaptainCougar (7132) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 6, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Fizzy copper color with a sweet caramel malty aroma. Body has a medium hoppiness and a touch of spice. This exhibits good balance and is one of the best Texas beers I have tried.
jbrus (4992) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2003
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Strong fruity aroma with raisin and hints of vanilla. Brown color, off-white head, fair lace. Smooth, sweet, fruity, little bitterness. Long lasting finish with raisin and a alcohol burn. Not bad at all. Reminded me of some good but macro ales from Belgium.