hopscotch (9737) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 11, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle... Clear amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Malty, spicy aroma with notes of toffee and tons of clove. The flavor is sweet and chock-full of holiday spice. It’s lightly bitter, but not nearly enough to halt the cloying onslaught of sweet, buttery, over-spiced gingerbread. Full-bodied and creamy with moderate carbonation. Finishes sweet, spicy and tongue-numbing. Too sweet and spicy for me! Thanks, vyvvy, for the bottle!
daknole (9624) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 1, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Acknud. This was better than I expected. Pours nice cloudy brown color. Nice nose of spices, caramel, alchohol, and some very light hop notes. Flavor is malty and sweet with some graham flavors, cinammon, nutmeg and a light, light hops at the end.
adnielsen (9550) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle @ home, courtesy of jcnielsen. Thanks Jetson! Pours a dark red orange appearance with a small, light brown head. Spicy clove, orange citrusy, light caramel, fairly spicy aroma. Tangy orange peel, lightly toasty malty, fairly spicy, light clove flavor. Ehhh, ok.
Drake (9276) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear orangish-amber color with a medium frothy head. Fair head retention and lacing. Big orange and clove in the aroma with some caramel and toast and some floral hops. The taste is caramel, toasted malts, citrus, clove, cinnamon, cherries. Faintly bitter hop finish. Medium-full bodied. Nice beer. Christmasy indeed.
jtclockwork (9077) - , New Jersey, USA - JAN 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber with tan head. Nose/taste of cinnamon, clove, caramel, nutmeg and sweet malt. Spices seem fresh and authentic. Medium body.
Sammy (9064) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2012 edition moderated the spices to balance. Deep golden-orange with lasting head. Good drinkability, with carbonation off a bit. Lacy.
Dogbrick (8813) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 15, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Party Source. This beer is a hazy amber color with a medium thin light beige head. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of citrus peel, coriander and sweet cookies. Light-bodied with a sweet spiced character. Flavors of clove, caramel malt and mild hops. The finish is citrusy with a lingering sweet spice aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.
crossovert (8206) - 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.
DrSilverworm (7229) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Bottled 11/14/11. Clear red / amber color with lots of floating sediment. Minimal off-white head, leaving a bit of lace. Lighter carbonation. Nice, fruity citrus aftertaste. I really enjoy the orange-peel aroma in this, accompanied with spicy cloves and good malt body accentuated by the hops. A mild sweet taste. Great christmas ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a hint of butterscotch and nutmeg. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light toasty caramel sugar sweetness with some cinnamon, clove and orange spice before a drier more bitter finish. Could be a little smoother, but is still a pretty decent Christmas ale.