KajII (783) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2011 Bottle. The pour was a nice coppery medium brown in color with a large (3-4 finger) rocky head that had great retention lasting almost throughout and produced some really excellent lacing.
The aroma was very pronounced with a strong roasted bread malt, a mild pine hop and a sweet yeast with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, coffee and some dark fruit.
At first the taste was slightly bitter with a dominant malty-coffee flavor that had a hint of brown sugar, then progressed into a moderately sweet hoppy finish with the end having just a hint of spice and I am thinking cranberry. The flavor was left to linger on the palate for a nice long while allowing the flavors to really come together.
Mouthfeel was a light to medium in body and had an oily yet rather creamy texture with a somewhat prickly carbonation.
Overall it is a very satisfying seasonal Ale that had all of its flavors melding very well thus producing a very tasty brew...
UDBeernut (1842) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Can not believe I have not rated this. Pours medium Amber, soap off white head. Malty body, balanced. Some peach skin as it warms. Medium body.
beerbaaron (1337) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear ruby red amber. Slight tan head. Malty. Bready. Modestly spiced. More malty than spiced thankfully!! Smooth medium plus body. Easily one of the better holiday ales.
scoth (527) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours clear dark brown with a medium khaki head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of toffee, toast, nutmeg, and ginger. Light body, smooth, creamy. Lightly sweet, gentle citrus, medium bitter finish. Very drinkable, the spices are light, it comes across as a lightly spiced brown ale.
bnokk (72) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
APPEARANCE Ė copper color & carmley.
NOSE - define spice, fairly muted
FLAVOR - some nice spice. oddish aftertaste - canít put my finger on it.
NOTES - OK holiday ale. pretty good drinker, but itís been surpassed by several new offerings.
jds2008 (18) - Washington, USA - NOV 28, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Spicy/herbal aroma, chesnut brown with red tint colored body, orangey brown bubbly head, malty taste indicative of brown ales, but instead of hops, it is followed with spices and slightly sweet. Terrific.
bennetporter (46) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Having just tried the Sam Adams White Christmas ale, Old Fezziwig seems like a more appropriate and balanced use of cinnamon, nutmeg and orange peel. In this beer, the roasted malts provide a more balanced flavor, appearance, aroma and mouthfeel. However, the creamy white head with a slight blue tinge and overall thinness of the mouthfeel donít make this a great beer, just an okay one.
Bork (334) - Rosewood, Georgia, USA - NOV 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rich and filling Winter Warmer with a mild but distinct spicy taste of Christmas. Short but pleasant bitterness on the finish. A good brew for the cold weather season.
SlimHabib (223) - California, USA - NOV 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pour. Nice dark brown amber in color, but a very small quickly fading tan head. Sweet malts and caramel aroma. Medium body. Toffee, caramel, and spices.
firefly765 (137) - - NOV 18, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle pours a nice dark ruby red color with off-white head that dissipates quickly. Sweet caramel aroma no hop scent noted. Nice Christmas beer with some cinnamon but not over done.
beerguy00 (160) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice dark amber pour with a small head. Caramel and chocolate aroma. Flavor matches with a bit of spice.