jay15944 (10) - Bristol, Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2007
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of my favorites. Great aroma, spicy flavor that isn’t over powering, and quite easy to drink.
BJSixstring (4) - , Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2009 does not count
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
If there is beer in Heaven, I hope this is on tap. Sweet and very drinkable. I’d recommend this to anyone that likes beer.
iamqueensblvd (247) - , Iowa, USA - NOV 19, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
interesting nose...sweet maltiness mixed with vegetable aroma. brown pour with a decent amount of off white head. nice balance of malt and sweetness. slight caramel flavor lingering on the palate. very impressed with this one.
jessekratina (12) - Kansas, USA - DEC 2, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance- red/brown, clear, minimal head
Aroma-bready, resin, citrus, toasty
Taste- bready, spices,
Palate-lively, umami, sweet/sour, salty
Overall I really like it, gets me into the Christmas spirit.
NeoHippie2 (978) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 5, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
This was awesome. Pours a deep roasted dark amber with an off white head. Nice lacing on the glass. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. Lots of malt in the flavor with the spices shining through wonderfully in the finish. Awesome Christmas brew. I wish they sold this in six packs instead of just in the sampler packs. I would definitely buy a six pack of this.
Fulmonte21 (42) - USA - JUN 10, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Found in the holiday seasonal pack which comes out around November each year. You can only find this in the holiday pack in the bottle. I’ve never found it on draft and don’t believe they do this anywhere. They say it’s like a cookie in a glass. It really is like an oatmeal cookie with the spice and sugar. YUM!
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - JUL 20, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. A best before date was printed on the label.
Appearance: The body has a deep amber color with a slight reddish hew. There is some visible carbonation that makes its way up to the head which has a light tan color and decent retention. Lacing is slick and quickly slides down the glass.
Smell: The aroma has soft sweet orange peel notes with some cinnamon and roasted malt.
Taste/Mouth Feel: The flavor has a bready malt presence up front that slowly adds in notes of cinnamon, ginger, sweet orange peel and finally some mild hops. It has a good medium to full body and the mouth feel is soft, well rounded with soft carbonation.
Notes: Overall a very solid holiday beer from Sam Adams and one of my favorites in there holiday mixed pack.
moose85uofa (26) - Alabama, USA - NOV 2, 2009
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
I really, really enjoyed this beer. Rich hints, of cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a nice "holiday" bite on the palate, but very smooth going down. I would very much like to find this on tap during the holiday season!
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - FEB 10, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
aroma is sweet spices and deep roasted toffee, carmel notes, color is dark amber, fizzy white head, taste a slight citrusy orangey notes at first then sutle spiceness comes through warms you up then the backend is malty, overall, awesome ale, the highlight of the Vareity pack!
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - APR 11, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite from the holiday box. Spicy, but in a normal way and somewhat complex. Hints of orange peel and cinnamon are evident here.