nearbeer (3777) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 2, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottled 10/28/2013. A nice ring of cream plus a thin film lingers on top of the lightly hazy, deep copper body that has just a tinge of red. Aroma is at first clove and spicy banana, then some dark dried fruit, toffee, cherry and mildly soured orange. Taste is big clove, dried apple, cherry and dates. Sourish, peppery citrus zest with some mild leafy/woody hops on the finish. Medium body is to the sweet side but the spice provides an astringency that mostly balances. Medium carbonation is mostly smooth and there’s only a nice hint of the abv showing. Very interesting brew with lots going on at times, but ultimately it’s a bit much with the spices (clove, ginger, turmeric and the like) for my tastes.
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 7, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Vintage 2007. Pours an amber color with a small off-white head. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel aroma. Fruity malty spicy caramel flavor. Has a fruity malty spicy caramel finish.
brokensail (11085) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Amber pour with a khaki head. Nose is heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon. A bit of sweet yam casserole. Toasted malt and caramel, too. Flavor has somewhat of a spiciness to it, light tang, and plenty of sweetness. Reminds me of sweet potatoes with pineapple. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of vanilla. Too much sugar.
OzarkElmo (295) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Consumed Dec. 2013. Pours a dark amber with moderate head, diminishing. Definitely spices infused through the finish. Nice to sip on a few, but just not my thing. I will say most who tasted enjoyed this beer.
Frank (2929) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
This was a 2007 bottle sampled in July of 2014 at RBSG grand tasting. It is kind of not fair to rate such a thing but given that I’ve yet to like a Schlafly beer, I am just going to go ahead and put in my low scores. This is a slightly cloudy red-brown color w/ a soapy head. It has a spicy gingerbread nose and is overall a very sweet and cake-like beer. It is slightly bitter in the finish and, even after saying what I have about Schlafly, I have to give them credit for their bottling practices since this is only a little oxidized after all these years. It is medium bodied w/ low carbonation. This is one of those overly spicy gimmick Christmas beers, which are fun to try but not really my thing.
crossovert (7565) - Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
2007 vintage. 355ml bottle. Oxidized pretty well, was possibly brewery storage. Spices, some sherry old ale notes but not all there.
Homer321 (1962) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Shared at RBSG 2014. 2007 bottle. Nose is very spicy and ginger. Taste is papery with some spices, some cardboard.
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - APR 24, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle into a snifter. Pours a clear copper/red with a finger of solid khaki foam with sticky lacing. Nose is cloves, all spice, and cinnamon with a heavy dose of caramel. Taste is earthy hops, clove, toffee and cinnamon. Finishes spicy and sweet. Medium mouth feel with the 8% hidden well, Really solid Christmas beer.
chinchill (1957) - South Carolina, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz 2013 bottle served in a goblet.
Body is dark red-brown with excellent clarity. Head has decent retention.
Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix seems odd and not entirely appealing in the nose, but works better in the taste.
The spicng, while obvious and a bit strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the solid caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale. Sweet.
Medium body with medium carbonation.
Shag (2622) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - APR 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A dark amber color with a white head. The aroma contains some caramel, toffee, cinammon, and other spices. The flavor is very spicy with a good backbone of maltiness. This is a bit hoppier than some other spicy christmas beer I’ve run across. Think Anchor OSA meets a pale ale. You get spices up front, orange peel in the back. Overall very nice