ilherps (248) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Bottled 10/30/07, tasted 2/22/08. Poured reddish- amber with an off white head which went away quickly, also lots of sediment. Spicy, with a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Tastes mildly hoppy with orange zest and spicy hops in the finish. I enjoyed this beer.
Stellaaaa (248) - Tennessee, USA - FEB 13, 2010
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Pours a clear amber with little head. It has a faint aroma of cloves. The taste is of sweetened clove water.
mnoud (243) - 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
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty darn good. A lot of the flavors of the herb beers are so mild as to be indistinguishable and then others kill the beer. This is a nice original, tempered balanced beer.
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2009
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This is a very delicious holiday ale. Drink this at Room temp, for if you do not, then you will get a cough syrup taste to it. At room temperature, the beer has an extreme bakeshop smell, as though you were buying Christmas Cookies. The taste is spicy, and I detected cloves and citrus.
bubblehouse (195) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The taste of the nutmeg and clove spice come through very strong but is in no way overpowering. Taste of the season for sure.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle poured into a basic tumbler glass. Aroma is primarily orange and clove - not surprising considered those spices are used in the brewing of the beer. First taste yields a surprising amount of bitterness followed by a hefty and clear amount of alcohol warmth. Heavy handed carbonation keeps things from getting overpowered. Graham cracker sweetness starts up front, giving way to a cinnamon bitterness. Reminds me of their Pumpkin Ale, though with a slightly different spicing regimin. If I had to choose between the two I’d go with the Pumpkin, though this certainly isn’t bad by any stretch of the imagination.
ThaBobfather (178) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice aroma. Decent head. Has all the right spice notes in the flavor. The after taste is great on the back of the tounge.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - FEB 5, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy amberish color with an off white head. Aroma of cloves and other spice and some citrus. Taste is better this time around compared to the first time I had this. Palate holds some honey, clove and other spices, and citrus. It might be better than before but still doesn’t do anything for me.
madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured amber in color with a small white head. Had a spicy aroma a bit like the #15, but had somewhat of a boring finish. I liked the #15 just a little bit better.