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.
djd07 (4554) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet with spicy hops and pine. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is very smooth malt with a spicy finish and hides the alcohol well. Very easy to drink and a great winter brew. An excellent English Strong Ale from Saint Arnold.
llcooldave (1148) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Woodsy pine aroma with some cedar mixed in... COOL! Crystal clear amber copper in color. Sweet malt flavor with a spicy aftertaste like nutmeg & cinnamon. Overall, this is a complex brew but very drinkable at the same time... great!
tx77573 (9) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very tasty beer. Bottle Pours clear sorta orange brown. Goes down smooth with a long finish. Gets easier to find every year.
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2000
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m waiting for this years version, Its always a nice warm and fuzzy beer that is robust and malty sweet, a ’Winter Warmer’, with a heart of hops!
Indra (2676) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - JUL 12, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ah, a little Christmas in July... Let me just say that this beer is *red*! Bright, fiery orangey red. Red like the hair of a fair Irish lass. Head is a small fractal pattern of tiny bubbles. Light berry aroma, with some malt sweetness and pine as well. Fruity and sweet flavor profile, with a very interesting blend of flavors on the finish, having some herbal hops, spiciness, fruitiness and a nice effervescent, smooth feel. Interesting malty flavors for the aftertaste, more berry here too, having some complexity. Feels very light on the tongue, overall body is very soft. This is quite tasty, just anticipate subtlety, not the usual flamboyant character of your typical Winter Warmer. Well, what do you know, it’s all gone... I’d love to try the cask version of this one.
Kevin (2118) - New Mexico, USA - OCT 25, 2004
4.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
04 bottle, pours amber with a volumous creamy head. dusty sweet plum aroma. taste is rich dark fruits and a sweet finish. leaves a wonderful creamy mouthfeel. other flavors emerge from this a s i drink, oaky spices vanilla, and some other muted malted flavors. some might say it needs more hop balance, but they are damn liars and don’t know what they are talking about. i am amazed this is 7% the alcohol is perfectly hidden. this might be my favorite Texas brew.
Goodgrief (1824) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - FEB 18, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Mar. 2007 - Reddish orange pour, nice head and good lacing. Rich caramel aroma. Full rich malty flavor, dominated by caramel and a nutty/earthiness as well. Not overly sweet, and a nice bitter kick at the end. Wonderfully devoid of all those putrid Christmas Ale spices. Excellent.
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.
SarahH648 (7) - Houston, Texas, USA - FEB 18, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorite seasonal beers from this brewer. High alcohol content, and nice and warming finish makes this a great winter beer.