MrRain (472) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle poured into a stemmed glass. Schlafly, a home-town favorite, has bottled and shipped the 2008 batch of Christmas Ale. This is not a pretty beer. The medium-sized dirty-linen colored head tops a murky brownish-red ale that reminds me of things that are too impolite to mention here. The aroma is pretty complex with hops, spiced apples and cloves. The aroma alone will give you heartburn. The initial flavors at 39 degrees F. of clove, cinnamon and sugar are harsh and matched with an equally offensive taste of pennies. As the beer warms to a more appropriate temperature the spices mellow out and the pennies go away. I agree with MOboy that this is similar to a spiced saison. This beer reminds me of the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. The high alcohol content is hidden nicely. An alcohol taste would have ruined this beer due to the spice billet. The body is moderately thick and cloying and the finish is syrupy, spicy and a tad sweeter than appropriate. I give this a solid mediocre which is a disappointment considering the reputation Schlafly has for great beers.
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A treat from Tish. Thanks! Let’s see: orange and cloves and cloves and cloves. So Christmasy it’s sickening. And I like Christmas. This might go well with a honey-baked ham, but I’m not even sure it could stand up to the pungency of the cloves. Totally over the top, yet intriguing.
jahshuwuh (431) - USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Medium brown with one finger white head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg spice, vanilla. Light sweet taste with some different spices coming through, particularly the cinnamon and nutmeg with a little Belgian yeast kinda taste. A little spicy.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Rich toffee and treacle - mulling spices, clove, black pepper.
Ap: Deep chestnut, clear - medium off-white head with poor retention, leaves a solid ring of foam and a wisp of covering.
T: Deep, roasted caramel - toffee, molasses, cinnamon - bread pudding - sweet, with a backbone of clean alcohol - low bitterness, finishes with raisins and cinnamon.
P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - finish is medium-dry.
O: Very nice spiced winter warmer - lots of burnt sugar, dark fruits, and spices, all in good balance.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Taproom...smell is sweet like christmas candy. Taste has some alcohol burn, balance is definately towards the sweet and malty side, I agree with xmarcolanx’s rating beolw that notes the slightly disappointing finish (even though mine is obviously a 2007 version vs 2006), maybe i’m too much of a hop head. I will say that I’m glad that they didnt make this overly spicy. all in all I really enjoyed this.
jhgrantjr (418) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a semi-clear brownish color. Aroma of Christmas - cloves, spices. Tastes sweet, the malty caramel taste but with some hop bitterness. This is a good winter beer. Gets too sweet for me as it warms though. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
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.
Thewade (328) - USA - DEC 6, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Really nice Christmas brew. Spiced very well. Not overdone. Hint of orange. Very drinkable. Enjoy.
kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
in bottle, thanks to darrell by way of Carl. Yummy aroma of cloves and honey, almost like baklava. Flavor follows suit, and malt smoothes the taste so I was unaware of the high alcohol content until I logged in to ratebeer.
misterbeer (313) - greenwood, Indiana, USA - FEB 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle A amber color white head taste of spice,clove, caramel, sweet,fruit nice winter beer