Oakes (11408) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber-orange colour and no real head. Slightly ruity, maybe with a hint of ginger. Light fruits and caramels. Light body, with some caramel and gentle orangey, gingery, spicy accent.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft @ Hoppy Monk El Paso. Has no head but the holiday festive hue is red and pleasant. Aroma has spiced candi sugar, candied cherries. Is sweet but thankfully not cloying, there is a dry finish bc of the spice. Cinnamon. Thin flavor/body and not hot but feels strong in the head. Not bad, just too thin.
high_on_hops (530) - Burlingame, California, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
An amber body with a bubbly off-white head. The aroma is mainly malt with some nice hop notes. The taste is varied, with some forward sweetness from the malts with the hops and feel of the carbonation followed by a long malt finish.
AndresTM (300) - Vienna, AUSTRIA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Great aroma, teeming with dark fruits, caramel, and floral hops, which results in a very Christmas-evoking sensation. I even got some Gummi Bear, which just adds to the awesomeness of it. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional, albeit still good, with hops taking the lead and the malt-derived sweet notes in the background. I want to give this another try.
Terminus (3084) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
tap at The Hoppy Monk El Paso TX-Pours dark orange with a small spritzy off-white head. nose of dark fruits, spice and lite floral notes but not from hops. flavors have a mineral metallic note-is this an issue with east texas water? I dont get it. However, i dont get this mineral note from beers brewed in Austin. SOme spice but i cant really peg-allspice? kind of a soft palate and lite body from the abv not bad but not great.
tx77573 (9) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty beer. Bottle Pours clear sorta orange brown. Goes down smooth with a long finish. Gets easier to find every year.
Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11.18.2011 - Houston, TX
Very good Christmas ale. Interesting that they would make a English Strong Ale for the holiday brew. I prefer their Christmas stout myself but they are in totally different categories.
dfinney23 (1377) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange amber with a thin head. Nice spice and malt aroma. Flavor is caramel and spices. Once again, I’ll probably run out of these before Christmas.
fiveacestx (445) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours deep clear red with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation. Has a malty sweet taste, a medium mouthfeel and a spicy finish. Pretty good.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz shorty bottle. Orange-tan with a thin, creamy off-white head. This is quite different than your typical US XMAS beer in that it is quite drinkable and sessionable, Still displays some fruitcake spice characteristics, but the malts are clean and smooth. This is really well done, I look forward to trying more beers from Saint Arnold. Medium bodied despite the rather big ABV. Smooth sweet finish, mild mead characteristics, but in no way overbearing. Awesome beer.