brucebruce81 (239) - Wyoming, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This beer was ok, it had a weird flavor. I think it migh have been the orange flavor.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz bottle from Chevy Chase. Mostly clear copper pour with a one finger white head. The aroma is nice with sweet malt, caramel, spices, and orange peel. The flavor is not quite as good, with dog. Just dog. Besides that there is nice caramel, orange peel, and clove, very malty, but dog, dogg. Dog. Medium bodied with a smooth mouthfeel and soft carbonation. Decent, but has its flaws.
Chudwick (1538) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - NOV 30, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft in a pint glass - pours copper orange with off white head and mediocre lacing. Nose is pumpkin, yeast, and spices. Aroma is orange, hops and some spice or other. Taste is sweet and ends on a dry and bitter note. Carbonation is fairly flat and texture is slick. Quite festive aromas but taste is not to my liking.
jkwood04 (2912) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a tulip. Pours deep amber with little of a head. Aroma of caramel malts, spices, some brown sugar, and light floral hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. A decent beer.
Barleymancer (1) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2011 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Vintage November 20th, 2011.
Amber beer, hazy pour. Relatively clear liquid, minimal head. Very spicy, malty aroma. Heavy sweetness. Full bodied. Sticky texture. Low carbonation. Long, sweet finish.
This is the maltiest, sweetest beer I have ever had. This is a malt slap in the face. This is malty Christmas in a glass.
nuplastikk (3818) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle at Brickskeller. Filtered amber-orange. Spells straight up like a Pumpkin beer, lots of spice. Really mellow for the ABV. Smooth malty tones. Cinnamon pumpkin tones, but maybe its the orange peel. Pretty nice, despite the pumpkin ale smell, remains a solid beer.
NeoHippie2 (627) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice brew. Perfect for colder evenings. Lots of spice character to this one, I definitely get the orange peel and clove on the nose. That follows through on the palate as well. Finish is long and complex with flavors lingering on the tongue. Nice beer here. Definitely something I look forward to every holiday season.
seymour (1257) - Maplewood, Missouri, USA - SEP 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted on-tap 9/17/2011 at the Hop in the City Festival in a clean half-pint taster glass. A unique high-gravity winter-warmer. Lots going on here: restrained use of harmonious spices, ambiguous grainbill, and addictive roasty aroma. No single overpowering attribute. Nice carbonation and lacing. One of Schlafly’s best brews. Strongly recommended.
boto (1759) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - JUL 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz. bottle: This one pours a cloudy amber color. There was a big frothy head on it that took a little while to recede. Leaves a little lacing. Nice aroma. A little lighter, but definitely Christmas: clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. Maybe a hint of orange. Taste if pretty good. Malt, clove, cinnamon, a touch of orange and pine. This is actually just a touch bitter, with just a hint of sweetness to start. Lots of hops to balance the malts. A decent winter beer.
Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.
Pours a light bronze color with only a half finger of head to start out with and that doesn’t last all that long. There is a light ring a foam around the edges of the glass for some time. The nose is quite muted, not something I’d expect from a Christmas ale. As it warms, there’s just a hint of light spicing with a bit of cinnamon.
The taste is a bit more pungent and the mild spices are fairly tame and well-distributed. At the same time, the beer is completely one dimensional and I’m not sure I’m enjoying that dimension all that much. Light cinnamon and some ginger are what I pick up as well as a bit of light malt. The spicing is nice on the medium body. This is a fairly-drinkable winter brew, but it’s not all that special in the end.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-18-2010