rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle into a tulip.
Pours a very dark brown with abundant carbonation leading to a long-lasting head with plenty of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Aroma at first strikes me as soapy but farther along there is some cinnamon and clove along with honey. Maybe just a light touch of pine. All of it is a bit light, though.
The flavor closely resembles the nose with the spices equally light. Cinnamon and clove once again dominate but they just don’t really have any staying power. Gingerbread seems to be a lingering quality with a silky and spritzy mouthfeel. Thankfully the sweetness is held in check with just a brief shot of alcohol towards the finish.
Overall, a very standard Christmas ale that is pretty drinkable. For me, though, I prefer something a bit heartier that packs a bigger punch in this style.
BierMeHoos (433) - Maryland, USA - DEC 23, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Old Line Bistro in Beltsville Maryland. A pint glass, appearance is a dark ruby with a moderate frothy tan head. Aroma is sweet with complex smells of cinnamon, caramel, apple, and cloves. Taste is similar as aroma and goes down sour. I usually don't like these types of fruity-ish beers but this is good.
Boomersmancave1 (109) - Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Received 6 pack as gift. Not a bad one either. Nose is a little heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon but not overpowering. Pour is Dark Amber with a light tan head. Taste is of nutmeg, caramel and malt. Finish of winter spices and fruits. Pretty good beer.
Scipio (761) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, clear, copper in color with a medium beige head. The aroma has a holiday feel to it, with lots of cinnamon and spices, clove, ginger, nutmeg, and caramel. Taste is malty and still very Christmasy. It is a bit sweet. Its big on cinnamon, with gingerbread flavors standing out as well. Lesser impressions include clove, caramel, and cherry. Holiday spiciness is noticed throughout as well. The aftertaste is a short cinnamon and cherry. Medium bodied, a thicker texture, while average in carbonation. The alcohol content is really masked well here. I really enjoyed this one. This is easily one of the better Christmas beers that you will find.
bnokk (289) - Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
APPEARANCE – great copper color, nice bright white head & powerful lacing.
NOSE - slight hint of spice to it. Not overpowering.
FLAVOR - lightly malty, good indiscernible spice.
NOTES - thoroughly enjoyable winter warmer style beer.
MartinVanBeer (116) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - NOV 24, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent dark brown pour. Allspice, plums, and sweet malt on the nose. Nice carbonation. Spice and warming alcohol presence. A pleasant Christmas beer
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JMerritt (1903) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - NOV 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottled October 20, 2014. Rustic red with a medium sized light tan head. Mild rye bread aroma with slight nutty pecan and dusty cake mix. Lightly bitter, slightly sweet flavor. Bready with a slight earthy hoppiness. Nothing really too special.
andyhwcinc (1712) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Purchased at Bottles and Cans in Chicago, IL; enjoyed at home on a frigid November night prior to making some food. Appearance is a dark ruby with a moderate frothy tan head. Aroma is potent and sweet with cinnamon, caramel, apple, clove, lot going on with this. Taste goes down with a light sour, definite sweetness, overall pretty smooth. Good stuff.
razzanof (72) - Leavenworth, Kansas, USA - NOV 15, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle...nondeScript aroma. Beer is overloaded with holiday spices and a malt backbone. Not really my thing but, for an 8%, still easy to drink.
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Maverick34 (2721) - New York, USA - NOV 8, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottled. Dark maroon pour. Cinnamon allspice and cloves with malty fruity finish. Appropriately seasonal.