phaleslu (9380) - 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.
sebletitje (9313) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
courtesy of hwwty4.
Pours orange/brown with tan head.
Aroma was loaded with nice piney hops. It almost felt like taking a walk in a pine forest, the aroma was that strong.
Taste is hoppy, comes off well balanced with the malts and some spices (cinnamon).
Really loved this one.
douglas88 (8399) - 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.
drowland (7887) - Georgia, USA - AUG 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is one crazy cat. It says it’s a brown ale with stuff added, but you don’t get much of the brown. You definitely get the orange, and the spices AND the spiciness of the hops make these crazy phenols jump out which make it smell and taste almost like a solid Belgian Wit. Crazy.
nimbleprop (7488) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz 2008 Vintage scored via extra in a trade. Pours a translucent, muddy, copper amber with a creamy, lacing, slightly off white head. Smells like a christmas cookie, ginger, cake icing, sweet, cookie dough, grains, spices, nutmeg. Flavor starts like a beer (grains, caramel, toast, crackers) and ends like a christmas cookie (nutmeg, caramel, cake icing, ginger). Smooth mouthfeel, a little lingering sweetness. For a Christmas beer I really liked it.
radagast83 (7325) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured a medium-dark golden color with a medium sized head. Aroma has citrus, notes of pine, malts. Flavor is heavy on the orange, with notes of holiday spices and a touch of candy.
Ernest (7321) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - FEB 3, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: FEB 5, 2016 Bottle (Oct 2015 bottling). Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing. Body is dark amber. Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (cookie, caramel), with notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light note of metal shavings. Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter. Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately to heavily bitter, spicy. Medium to full body, watery texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic, slightly metallic. Bit of a metallic twang to this one, and it’s a spice bomb without much else going on. Rather harsh spice bitterness in the finish. Not terrible, but not very good either.
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - JAN 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle 355 ml
Aroma pleasant Christmas beer aroma with its sweet malts , pumpkin cake , spices with bit of hop and alcohol.7+
Appearance nice crystal hue on amber , bright white cap , some lace.4-
Flavor and Palate : medium full bodied. Smooth creamy sweet body a la festive cake. Yet no too sweet , lightly spiced to character, alcohol is present but not over the top. Good seasonal ale.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent deep copper amber with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Has a lightly sweet toasty caramel malty nose with a hint of butterscotch and nutmeg. Starts with pretty good fullness and a light toasty caramel sugar sweetness with some cinnamon, clove and orange spice before a drier more bitter finish. Could be a little smoother, but is still a pretty decent Christmas ale.
Strykzone (6720) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - NOV 17, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a beautiful beer. Dark reddish brown in color it has a rich thick foamy head. The aroma is very spicey and sweet. Some cinnamon is evident as are cloves. Hops add just a hint of tartness. There is a chemical flavor that is unpleasant but it is faint. Mouth feel is creamy and smooth. A slight bitter aftertaste has a short life after each taste. As the beer warmed some sweet malts came to the forefront. The chemical flavor never quite disappears but that is the only real negative against this beer.