JohnnyJ (4325) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 14, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy amber pour, with thin white head. Sweet malt, light brown sugar, and fruit. Not bad, better than I thought it was going to be.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(12oz bottle courtesy of AttitudeBrew. Thanks Mike!). Pours clear copper with minimal off-white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of grass/hay, some ripe fruit. Taste is sweet with a little sour note at the end. Medium bodied with thin texture. Finish is somewhat abrupt. Alcohol is well hidden. I’m glad it’s not a spice bomb; just a smooth steady beer.
HumanBeing (19) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
4.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
I spend 10 months a year looking forward to drinking this one. Super sweet malt, sometimes need an IPA after to balance the palate
ahmashar (9) - Stafford, Texas, USA - NOV 21, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Really fine this year! Deep rich flavor, while not being too heavy - perfect for the really mild November we’ve been having. Possibly the best Christmas they’ve ever made.
Sledutah (4669) - Utah, USA - NOV 14, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle from a trade with Bill, thanks
Appearance: Slightly hazy dark amber/brown with a small off-white head, some lacing in the glass
Aroma: Sweet toasted malts and dark fruits, spices
Taste: Caramel, spices and some hop bitterness in the finish
Nice holiday beer, not over done with the spices.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Pappy’s Café – no pretension, lovely pour into the classic “frosty mug.” The color in a gold-orange; since the bar is having trouble with the draft set-up, there’s quite a bit of initial foam which quickly dissipates. The taste is medium sweet…caramel, toasty, a bit nutty – wonderful flavor in a Christmas seasonal, without being overt. The mouthfeel is creamy without chewiness. Above all: fresh!
BarZigKin (511) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle from Spec’s. Pours a glowing, copper-colored body with a bubbly head that recedes quickly. Aromas of bready malt, floral hops and a little spicyness. Flavor is medium sweet (caramel), toasty, a bit nutty and has a very short, floral hop finish. Lively carbonation that’s a bit coarse. Not really fantastic, but a solid holiday-season beer that I always look forward to here in Texas.
rougeau13 (1996) - Richmond, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 23, 2011 Nicely Christmas spiced without being overdone. Dark amber colored with small tan head. Aroma and taste of caramel malts and spices. A touch thin, but otherwise, not bad.
mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date. Bottem of cap read: Hop to it!
Pours a thin head that doesn’t last very long. Color is a hazy orange copper.
The aroma is of spices. A nut mag flavor is present. There also seems to be some cherry aromas floating around, as well as slight earthy hops.
The first thing I tasted in this beer was the hops. It tasted kind of like SN Celebration. The hops were very earthy, followed by holiday spices. There was also a vanilla flavor present.
Mouthfeel starts out bitter, like an ipa, but the gets really smooth. However, it leaves a dry aftertaste like an ipa.
Overall, this is a really easy to drink and at 7% I could easily session this beer. It is complex and has a lot of taste to it. I really like this winter beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-10-2009 05:32:26
brokensail (10822) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: The pour is a deep amber color with a tan head.
S: Quite bready and mildly spiced in the nose. A bit of brown sugar and caramel as well. Actually fairly reminiscent of "the holidays".
T: The flavors really follow the nose on this one, but there seem to be some signs of oxidation. A bit of cardboard along with the same bread, caramel, and light spice flavors.
M: Light to medium body with a low, rolling carbonation.
D: Not nearly as bad I was anticipating, to be honest. A nice little winter warmer in the beginning of Southern California summer.