Illini08 (542) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - JAN 12, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draft in the brew-pub and also had a 12 oz. bottle. Clear, copper colored pour with almost no head. Spicy clove and some citrusy orange in the nose. Flavor was spicy, some slight citrus present and very slight hop presence in the finish. Decent holiday beer, but nothing I will seek out in the future.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 22, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft - deep amber colored body with a creamy beige head. Malty aroma with a touch of spice, but not overly so like many Christmas beers. The flavor matches the aroma. Nice and full-bodied. A good beer!
MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - DEC 16, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big, full head with a body the color of hazy tea. Hoppy aroma with a faint Belgian wildness. The flavor is evidence of a Belgian yeast strain being used. Almost like a spiced saison. A very well made beer and a nice departure from the typical heavy, overly spiced ale of the season.
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.
jahshuwuh (466) - 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.
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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! Letís see: orange and cloves and cloves and cloves. So Christmasy itís sickening. And I like Christmas. This might go well with a honey-baked ham, but Iím not even sure it could stand up to the pungency of the cloves. Totally over the top, yet intriguing.
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 xmarcolanxís rating beolw that notes the slightly disappointing finish (even though mine is obviously a 2007 version vs 2006), maybe iím too much of a hop head. I will say that Iím glad that they didnt make this overly spicy. all in all I really enjoyed this.
jhgrantjr (429) - 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.