phaleslu (5723) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Side Bar. Pours a cloudy orange/gold/red color, a muddy looking beer with a medium off-white head that leaves some lacing. Aroma of gingerbread, nutmeg, clove, biscuity malts, orange peel, pine hops. Flavor of orange peel, clove, malts, caramel, pine hops, brown sugar, winter spices. Medium bodied, and unfortunately served too cold (save the frosted glasses for Bud Light, bartender), this one is better when served relatively warm. The spices, hops, and citrus are all more apparent in the flavor than on the nose. Not bad.
BBB63 (5701) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 12, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my Corsendonk XMAS Ale glass: Nice coppery hue with a fading frothy head and minimal lace. The aroma has notes of sweet malt, light clove and orange zest, walnuts, herbal hops, and some banana yeast esters. The taste is moderately caramel sweet and a bit fruity with a mild spicy finish and very slight alcohol note. There is a bit of a chalky character about this as well. The mouth feel works well within the structure of the flavor profile, lively enough but not hard carbonation with a dryish finish and light warming. Overall, it is better than expected and a beer I will enjoy throughout the Holidaze.
douglas88 (5472) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head that dies down. A sweet clove and nutmeg nose along with caramel. Smooth and easy; spices, especially cloves, some light pine and caramel. Nice.
Beershine (5193) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Daknole. Luminescent glowing orange with tight white head. Aroma is subdued and hidden but classy. Includes predominant orange peel, aromatic herbs, and some well-integrated candi sugars and alcohol. High carbonation but sturdy and firm, not fizzy. Very nice flavors, like a tripel in character with lots of orange peel and mild spice, not a lot of clove. Finishes thin but otherwise nice.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
From a 12-oz bottle pours a semi-clear amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that has some nice lacing and film top after dissipation. Aroma of orange zest, caramel malt, some herbs, raisin and a hint of clove. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of mincemeat pie filling (raisins, cloves, spices) some caramel, toffee and orange zest. Finish is semi-sweet with a crisp orange zest and clove aftertaste. Quite enjoyable.
heemer77 (5079) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - NOV 12, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a bottle. The body was dark copper with a light tan colored head. The aroma was cinnamon and nutmeg with some ginger bread and caramel. The taste was ginger bread with some nutmeg. The finish was decently spicy. This needs something to balance out the spice.
TheBeerGod (5007) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Translucent copper. Very small, foamy white head. Aroma is very spicy but clove and cinnamon stand out. Thereís also sweet malt, light caramel, hints of ginger and nutmeg. Taste is big cinnamon, clove and nutmeg with spicy hops, light ginger, sweet malt and caramel. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more clove and cinnamon, light spicy hops, nutmeg and caramel.
Thorpe429 (4968) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Churchkey. Served in a snifter.
Pours a light bronze color with only a half finger of head to start out with and that doesnít last all that long. There is a light ring a foam around the edges of the glass for some time. The nose is quite muted, not something Iíd expect from a Christmas ale. As it warms, thereís just a hint of light spicing with a bit of cinnamon.
The taste is a bit more pungent and the mild spices are fairly tame and well-distributed. At the same time, the beer is completely one dimensional and Iím not sure Iím enjoying that dimension all that much. Light cinnamon and some ginger are what I pick up as well as a bit of light malt. The spicing is nice on the medium body. This is a fairly-drinkable winter brew, but itís not all that special in the end.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-18-2010
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of malt, spices, slight clove, and slight hops. Poured amber in color with a medium-sized, creamy, dense, off-white head that diminished but lasted throughout. Clear. Sparkling to very sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet and slightly bitter. Tastes of malt, spices, slight herbs, light hops, light cinnamon, light clove, and some candi sugar. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Malt, herb, hop, and spice finish. 8%ABV is completely hidden throughout.
thedm (4869) - Fort Wayne, USA - SEP 20, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This draft brew from the brewery poured a small sized head of foamy finely sized off-white colored bubbles that were mostly diminishing and left behind a transparent uncarbonated golden . The mild aroma was malty mild spice and metallic. The crisp mouth feel was tingly at the start and at the finish. The flavor contained notes of malt hops and spices. A decent one that I would consider buying again.