johno (185) - Galveston, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2006
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a rich red/brown, carbonated, fluffy tan head; great looking in the glass. Aroma of medium strength, some grassy hops as well as fruity malt. An initial bitterness gives way to sweet, a slightly viscous mouthfeel and warm finish, hops again with some interesting maltiness there, a touch of caramel. Lasts. Quite well done.
aenimopiate (176) - The United States of Texas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Smells like apple juice(very mouthwatering), has a beautiful dark coppery color, and tastes of dark fruits and spices. Overall a pretty yummy seasonal beer from the people down in Houston.
Phatdog1 (169) - Brentwood, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 16, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle courtesy of AirForceHops. Nice orange pour with lots of tiny bubbles rising to the top. Biscuity malt nose with lots of sweet fruit. Taste is all sweet malt up front, spice & hop bite linger nicely to a dry, slightly bitter finish. Hard to belive this is 7%. Very drinkable!
jtxx (148) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Just a very very smooth beer. Light malt with some nice spices. not much head. alcohol is well hidden.
brewballs (145) - USA - NOV 29, 2013
1.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Embarrassment of a beer. This is not an ale. Not even close. No head. Flat. Extremely malty. No carbonation. Terrible aftertaste. Zero flavor nor character. It’s like the cousin of Old English but for a lot more. I’m yet to find a St. Arnold that is adequate, if not for Karbach I wouldn’t have wasted my time. I don’t say this often but avoid this beer! Waste of money and time that I will never get back!!!
Botnik (142) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle. Copper, clear, I like this. The flavor and finish have an interesting spice note.
Mutualaid (142) - Texas, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber with an abundant, rocky, cream head. Big aromas of butterscotch and vanilla with a floral hop bouquet. Sweet, spicy, and toasty malts up front followed by a nice hop tingle. Medium body, bit of a metallic finish. A great Holiday beer that has improved dramatically over the years.
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.
Brew4Dug (137) - Houston, Texas, USA - JAN 29, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Since the Elissa IPA is now being brewed and distributed year-round, I must say that I already miss this fine ale being on the shelf of the local grocer. A very well balance ale with a smooth and sweet finish that tickles the palate. Very well-hidden alcohol punch, with no apparent astringent bite throughout the glassful. Recommended.
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.