DewBrewer (295) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On cask at the Dig Pub in Cedar Park. Nice big malt bomb! Just a bit of carbonation but it goes down way too easy given the ABV. Reminded me of cask ale in London. Yum.
raradel (276) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really solid rendition, great balance and awesome body! Spice is lower for a holiday beer but still stands out as so. Go get some if you can!
AndresTM (270) - Texas, USA - 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.
franksnbeans (265) - Columbus, Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear bronze with a tan head that dies completely. Smells sweet, candies with a little spice. Tastes of sweet malt, a little fruity with a spicy finish. Medium and smooth in the mouth with the perfect amount of carbonation. Very drinkable and delicious.
chef201atc (261) - Lexington Park, Maryland, 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.
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.
BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark reddish amber with a nice layer of head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, nuts, and spruce. Medium body, creamy, and full of malt with some warming alcohol. Nice warm up on a cold day. Overall it is a very well done strong ale, wish more breweries would make them.
BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2005
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: JUL 13, 2006 Rich toasty caramel aroma with a hint of spices. Poured a dark amber with a white head that didnt last too long. Taste is quite malty sweet, with some faint hop action and faint spiciness. I wished the carbonation would be a bit higher, and the high ABV is well hidden. Nonetheless, this is a nice beer and i cant wait till next winter to taste this again. Oh and by the way, this beer on cask is out of this world.
unixweb (237) - Sherman, Texas, USA - DEC 27, 2001
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Good start once I got past the aroma of alcohol. I liked the spicy, somewhat fruity taste, and if I could have stayed in the middle I would have liked this ale alot. But the strong alcohol finish took away from an otherwise very good seasonal ale.
nstal (237) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Smooth and creamy, a little malty. Strange aftertaste that somewhat mimicked kick.