tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - NOV 12, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear amber with a fair head and lacing. Slight nose of yeast and spice. Thin bodied. The taste is sort of bland, with only a slight spice flavor. This beer needs more dark malt and spice. Nice carbonation. Crisp finish with no residual aftertaste. A good, but non-complex beer.
closey22 (1633) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JAN 10, 2016
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy Amber rimming white head; aroma is malt grain; flava is malt hint of spice; feels light moderate fizz; finishes tangy malty slight bitters
obxdude10 (2262) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 28, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I purchased a 32oz "growler" jug of this at my local Wegmans. I searched for Saranac Holiday Ale, which is how this beer was labeled. After some searching came up empty, I decided to rate the Holiday Ale on this entry. Iím figuring itís probably the same recipe, just in different packaging and with a "new" name. The beer poured a dark brown color with a ruby red hue. The head was rather large and fluffy with a beige head. The head left some nice lacing most of the way down the glass. The nose features some cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and brown sugar. The flavors are quite festive with notes of allspice, graham crackers, cinnamon, caramel, ginger and some light hops. This is a decent holiday beer but nothing really too outstanding.
Drjohnrock (690) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 1, 2015
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
From 12 ounce bottle purchased as part of Saranac variety 12 pack at Delhi Walgreens, tasted on December 8, 2013. Medium gold hue, a lot of spice in aroma as would be expected from the name, flavor has some sweet spiciness but mostly unattractive bitterness and some sour notes. If this is Rudyís "sweet treat" the commercial description says it is, then Iíd hate to taste his purposely sabotaged swill.
Darkmagus82 (2253) - - OCT 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-1-13-
Poured from bottle into a pint glass
Appearance Ė The beer pours a clear amber color with a one finger of pure white head. The head relatively quickly leaving a very light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell Ė The aroma is mainly of a bready and malty smell mixed with some caramel sweetness. Along with these smells are some notes of spice, being mainly of a cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice smell.
Taste Ė The taste begins with a rather sweet and bready flavor with the sweet being mainly of a caramel taste and the bready having a slightly doughy flavor with some biscuit notes. Some spice flavors quickly come to the tongue, with a good deal of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice all present. The flavor seems to sweeten as the flavor advances, with it also gaining a doughier flavor at the expense of any biscuit. Some light fruit and citrus hop flavors then join the tongue at the end of the taste, leaving a rather sweet and malty, lightly hopped, and decently spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel ĖThe body of the beer is on the medium side in terms of its thickness and creaminess with a carbonation level that is on the average side. The body and carbonation are a rather nice blend for the sweeter caramel and fruit flavors of the beer all while maintaining the spice, malt and lightly hopped flavors of the brew well.
Overall Ė A decent spiced holiday ale. Nothing super outstanding, but very drinkable. A good holiday party brew.
Itzjerm (2260) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - SEP 19, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Aroma is christmas fart. Yes an off aroma with a whiff of Christmas spice. Taste is almost non existenet. Nice lasting head. With thin head light urine flavor overall not a good beer at all. Maybe due to being old?
Ontbeertaster (2362) - Ontario, CANADA - AUG 9, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle, pours a light reddish, aroma is spicy and taste is light and tasty, a good clean christmas ale.
kidobutai (629) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JUL 8, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Christmas in July! Well, not that good, more like Memorial Day. Poured from a bottle. Decent frothy head. Nice lacing. Not that spicy, normal lager.
generallee08 (772) - New York, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Appearance: It has a quick fading off white head over an orange amber body with a light haze.
Smell: I donít get much here, just a light spiced maltiness.
Taste / Palate: There is a mild bready malt base with some dry spice notes like clove and coriander. I am also picking up a touch of bitter orange peel. Itís palate feels light and the finish is quick and somewhat boring.
bluejacket74 (1815) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - MAY 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 ounce bottle, stamp on bottle says best before March 31, 2014. Got this bottle from a friend 2 weeks ago so I didnít get a chance to try it fresh. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear copper color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent. Aroma is light but nice, the brew smells like caramel and toasted malt, and light sweet spices. I think the taste is the same as the aroma, but the flavors seems stronger in the taste as compared to the weak aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, itís a bit coating with moderate carbonation. Itís not one of the better winter warmer/spiced ales Iíve had, itís really low on the amount of spicing thatís in this brew. Not that itís a bad beer, but I think itís a Christmas ale that doesnít have much kick to it. Maybe Iíll try it again next year if I can get a single somewhere.
tnkw01 (1709) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 10, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Clear copper color with a medium head. Aroma was just a tad of spice with a malty undertone. Taste was very weak and not like a Christmas cookie. Did have a slight spice taste with some balance.