tiggmtl (4548) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Doughy yeast character to the sweet malty flavour with dark pit fruits and warm Christmas spices in the nose. Clear copper coloured body is topped by a decent, fine bubbled, off white head that recedes to a lasting cover. Strong orange and apricot fruitiness with spiciness that is more subdued and integrated than the aroma suggests with doughy yeast character and moderate finishing bitterness that keeps it from becoming cloying. Dry medium body with lively carbonation that engages the tongue. Sampled at GABF 2005.
badgerben (4387) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - DEC 7, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper color with no head. Spicy aroma with the usual nutmeg and cinnamon found in our holiday beers. More to follow in the taste, but with an unexpected hop blast. It is not overly done so as to spoil the quiet spice. Very well done!
ChainGangGuy (4353) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, reddish-orange body with a thin, short-lived, off-white head.
Smell: A keenly malty nose with notes of toasted bread crusts and nutty caramel candy. Light touches of spicy hops.
Taste: Bready, nutty maltiness with a coating of sweet caramel syrup. Slight fruitiness. Earthy, spicy hop character with a restrained measure of bitterness. Finishes warm and fairly dry, considering the sweet start this beer got.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Slight stickiness to the overall mouthfeel.
Drinkability: Well-balanced and remarkably easy to drink considering the ABV percentage. A fine, end-of-the-year brew from St. Arnold.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUN 8, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a hazy copper color with a thin off white head. Sweet and malty aroma with some notes of maple syrup. Light spice. The flavor too was sweet and malty. Very spicey on the flavor. Almost burns. The finish was dry and spicey.
Sledutah (4318) - 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.
nuplastikk (4304) - 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.
JohnnyJ (4275) - 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.
unclemattie (4137) - Georgia, USA - APR 13, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
thanks to bleeng.
12OZ twist-off bottle. Pours an orange copper color, thin tan head. Aroma of fruity sweetness. big sweet malts. smells like a fruit covered cheesecake. At first I thought this was an English BarleyWine, it smells so good. Flavor is a wonderful citrus hops. Crisp clean and refreshing. very balanced. Cheers!
Aurelius (4067) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Squat 12 oz bottle. Clear, woody brown beer, not much head. Aroma is slightly doggy (ding) and mustardy over a nutty malt aroma. Woody flavor, bittering was a little clumsy and slightly astringent. The body was reasonably mouthy, but the bittering kind of messed it up. Light caramel, light sweetness towards the end. Medium, moderately bitter finish. St. Arnie better get back to praying. ABC, Betton.
emacgee (3986) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turdferguson for sharing. Pours a copper orange with a one finger frothy offwhite head. The nose is malty, earthy, smells like it has been aged, bready, mild hop presence, sweet. The flavor shows characteristics of aging, malty, sweet, caramel, bready/earthy malt feel, mild herbal hop flavor. The palate is full and has a mild hop bitterness.