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.
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
Thewade (311) - 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.
andyhite (308) - Murfreesboro, Tennessee, USA - JAN 14, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle, served at 48 degrees. pours burnt orange haze to my pint, faded retention on the head; a bubbly, oily film remains. on the nose? up front is pine needles, nutmeg/clove and fir trees. a slight creamy apricot/banana creme may be underlying in the midst of all the sap, though faint. taste is odd. it’s a bit heavy on the tart citrus peel, faint on the "spicy" hops, and overall, just a bit too fruity. it’s lacking body and structure. perhaps too 1D for me. the finish is bitter, but not in the hoppy sense. there’s also a lingering steel/mineral taste that doesn’t go away on the finish, which is kind of turning me off to the ale.
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head which has nice sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy on spice, coriander and nutmeg... all things Christmas. The taste is heavy on the cloves, nutmeg and the spicy hops, which certainly linger quite a bit on the palate. Body is medium. This is an excellent example of a Christmas beer. Recommended to be enjoyed by a light Christmas Tree and or lit fireplace on a cold winter night.
OzarkElmo (295) - Poplar Bluff, Missouri, USA - JUL 4, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Consumed Dec. 2013. Pours a dark amber with moderate head, diminishing. Definitely spices infused through the finish. Nice to sip on a few, but just not my thing. I will say most who tasted enjoyed this beer.
Billicus (289) - @RED BHUT JOIKIAS!, Paulsboro, New Jersey, USA - MAR 2, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
aroma clovey,oranery esters, small lacing head, poured into steiner
color, orange, amber hue
taste, front clove on the tongue mingled with orange esters, malty background ties all together
overall, not bad, old bottle, had last night!
thefederalist (282) - Jonesboro, Arkansas, USA - DEC 27, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a clear amber with a big diminishing head that doesnt leave much lacing in the glass. The aroma is of cloves and corriander. There are some yeast esters noticable in the nose, and a little phenolic punch that reminds me of the stronger beers from New Belgium. The flavor is sweet and a little tart, with some lemon and apple. The body is medium and could possibly hold up to the ABV a tiny bit better, but overall a nice effort, and a simultaneously warming and refreshing Christmas treat.
mnoud (279) - Martinsburg, West Virginia, USA - JAN 21, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
2014.01.21 - Schlafly Christmas Ale - 12oz bottle in pint glass. 2012 vintage - bottled 11/21/2012
Aroma: smells of dark spices, generic I know but that’s about all I get. An aroma I can’t quite identify, maybe nutmeg as others are noting.
Appearance: Pours around 12 on SRM scale. Orange tan, similar to Newcastle Brown for example. Still a decent amount of carbonation, foamy, dissipates to a white ring.
Taste: not very complex, basically a mild ale with possibly mild bitterness, a spicy cinnamon is prominent and obvious without being too much.
Palate/Mouthfeel: light overall, smooth, spicy powdery aftertaste.
Overall: Like their pumpkin ale, it is tasty and enjoyable. A solid brew without being great. Nowhere near as good as some Belgian holiday brews and so forth, but a solid specialty ale.
Aroma 6/10, Appearance 3/5, Taste 7/10, Palate 4/5, Overall 13/20