Onebigtymer11 (59) - Vermont, USA - JAN 3, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
A: dark amber, with a light tan head
S: spice, sweet
T: mild bitterness, malty
M: medium carbonation, thin
O: would drink again
johnnnniee (2932) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from the winter 12 pack
Pours a crystal clear dark brown color with brilliant ruby highlights at the edges and a smallish off white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas of toffee and brown sugar with a heavy handed attempt at spicing. Cherry, a hint of wet dog, and earthy herbal make up the rest of the nose. The flavor is dark fruity caramelized sugars with a hint of mineral water and a whole of spices. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet slick mouthfeel. Worlds better than the White Christmas I just finished, but still an over spiced beer for my tastes.
Shot (260) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle. Pours ruby brown with a thick head. Aromas are brown sugar and cinnamon. Flavors are brown sugar, biscuit and raisin with a hint of molasses and ginger. Finishes with a whisper of orange peel. Very smooth mouthfeel. This was one of the first Christmas ales I remember trying back in the day. Though there are many Christmas beers to choose from these days, this one still holds up pretty well.
ACHops (960) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Chuck’s 85th. Pours dark cola brown with thin sticky cream colored head. Aroma is lightly toasted malt and a bit of gingerbread. Taste is similar: light brown caramel malt body with noticable but balanced aromas of clove, ginger, and toffee. Light and pleasant winter warmer, really low abv for the style.
hman43 (607) - Pinehurst, North Carolina, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Malt dominates the initiate aroma with spices and bread. It is dark amber with a light tan head. A pleasant taste of caramel and roasted malts mixed with other spices and chocolate. It is smooth with a small bitter bite.
Luvystypotables (1063) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not much of an aroma dark amber colour, no head notice of a taste, slightly sour taste. Palate of malt and spice.
DrinkinWell (388) - - DEC 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark amber brown with white head. Spiced aromas. Tastes of roasted malts, sweet citrus, and cinnamon. Decent winter seasonal.
kidobutai (517) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 27, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
I drank this last year and wasn’t a fan, but in the intervening 12 months I’ve consumed quite a bit of different beers, and my tastes have changed, so I was excited to try this again. Sure enough, I enjoyed it much more -- sure, there’s still the bitterness that turned me off last year, but it isn’t overpowering, and the tastes of roasted caramel and cinnamon (stronger than any chocolate I can discern) makes it a fairly complex and tasty selection. Also, it has good lacing and is creamy in texture, although there is a bit of a film on the tongue afterwards. Still, a good beer. Glad I didn’t rate it last year.
trapped (1377) - New York, TURKEY - DEC 27, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Amber brown with spongy beige large head, spicy aroma (cinnamon-nutmeg), slightly bitter roasted malt taste. fizzy, longish finish with bitter aftertaste. Better than average winter beer.
Wittales (718) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was reddish brown with diminishing creamy tan 1 finger head, no lacing. Aromas are spices, roasted caramel malts and deep fruits. Taste are cherry, ginger, cinnamon, date, slight roasted toffee, pale, amber malts. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with light-medium body, average length soft spicey amber-like sweet finish. A easy smooth brew, can knock down a few. Better as it warms up.