Skyview (5360) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that has some nice lacing and film top after dissipation. Aroma of orange zest, caramel malt, some herbs, raisin and a hint of clove. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of mincemeat pie filling (raisins, cloves, spices) some caramel, toffee and orange zest. Finish is semi-sweet with a crisp orange zest and clove aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle from 12/04/08. Pours a lightly cloudy golden brown with a small off white head. Aroma of light spices, beautiful compared to some of those heavily spiced x-mas ales. Some zesty fruitiness adds freshness and a fruitcake character provides a solid malt backbone. Flavor starts with a nice soft dark fruit profile before picking up some of the clove and light cinnamon character. The flavorful hops come to the forefront in the finish with an earthy and herbal note. Finishes clean and malty, very little bitterness. Medium slightly sticky body and a soft carbonation. Really well done Christmas Ale, I’m sure a year has helped it as well.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a clear copper with a small off-white head that leaves nice lacing. Aroma is citrusy with hints of spices. Rich flavor is sweet with a citrusy hops in the creamy mouthfeel and finishes with some spiciness in the mild dry finish. Very flavorable and enjoyable.
Trev (2023) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
copper pour with a medium off white head.
Aroma is strong clove and orange peel. light malt sweetness, hint of herbal hop.
Flavour is light roasted maltiness, some toasty caramel, candied orange, spice.
For what it is...I really enjoy this beer.
BBB63 (6507) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS Ale glass: Nice coppery hue with a fading frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, light clove and orange zest, walnuts, herbal hops, and some banana yeast esters. The taste is moderately caramel sweet and a bit fruity with a mild spicy finish and very slight alcohol note. There is a bit of a chalky character about this as well. The mouth feel works well within the structure of the flavor profile, lively enough but not hard carbonation with a dryish finish and light warming. Overall, it is better than expected and a beer I will enjoy throughout the Holidaze.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - DEC 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (Bottled with love on 11 12 2009) served in an English pint glass. Clear copper pour with a thin head of tan foam that quickly faded away into a flimsy film. Minimal, slippery lacing. The aroma had a strong spicy nose of cinnamon, nutmeg, rich caramel, toffee, and some faint citrus. The flavor was full of thick toffee and caramel wrapped in orange zest and spices. Not overly spiced, but there was a distinct note of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. Also some spicy noble hops that tingle the tongue at the finish. Full-bodied, oily mouthfeel with a decent amount of carbonation. Pretty well made, especially if you like a spiced winter warmer.
phaleslu (8006) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Side Bar. Pours a cloudy orange/gold/red color, a muddy looking beer with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, biscuity malts, orange peel, pine hops. Flavor of orange peel, clove, malts, caramel, pine hops, brown sugar, winter spices. Medium bodied, and unfortunately served too cold (save the frosted glasses for Bud Light, bartender), this one is better when served relatively warm. The spices, hops, and citrus are all more apparent in the flavor than on the nose. Not bad.
REDDOGICE (206) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very delicious holiday ale. Drink this at Room temp, for if you do not, then you will get a cough syrup taste to it. At room temperature, the beer has an extreme bakeshop smell, as though you were buying Christmas Cookies. The taste is spicy, and I detected cloves and citrus.
kseecs16 (1213) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at the St. Louis pub. Appears dark amber with a whispy soapy head. Aroma is rich and spicy. Flavor is rich, clovey, not overly spicy but with a potent malt flavor.
nimbleprop (6355) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz 2008 Vintage scored via extra in a trade. Pours a translucent, muddy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells like a christmas cookie, ginger, cake icing, sweet, cookie dough, grains, spices, nutmeg. Flavor starts like a beer (grains, caramel, toast, crackers) and ends like a christmas cookie (nutmeg, caramel, cake icing, ginger). Smooth mouthfeel, a little lingering sweetness. For a Christmas beer I really liked it.