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.
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 (139) - 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.
Wordsworth (138) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
My favorite seasonal Christmas beer. A lightly sweet malty flavor with a hint of spicy hops. Goes down very smooth despite the high ABV. Great beer.
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.
mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Surprised to see this
one rated so highly, but
it looks like much has changed
in the St. Arnold recipes since
I last sampled 5 years ago. As I
recall back then, this went down simply
as a high octane version of the already-nice
Amber Ale. I expected more complexity
a seasonal beer.
steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - MAY 13, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark amber color head dissapears fast. Aroma malts fresh and earthy. Faint spices of some kind. Nice hop taste on the tounge bitter finish. Has some balls to it. Chewy mouth feel kind of a cross between anchor steam and bass ale...fairly interesting
DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Dark amber with big foamy head. Unique malty aroma...I didn’t find it stale, but rather estery malt, like buttered biscuits. Flavor is dominated by malt, with a hint of banana/ester fruitiness and some unique "spice". Herbal hops are very mild, and the aftertaste is smooth and malty. A retasting of the draft version &#40;2008 batch&#41; makes me rate the palate higher as it is very nice and smooth. The flavor and overall impression are also much higher. I was quite impressed.