drfabulous (6576) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 23, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Moderately spiced ale. Not as intense as Anchorís release this year...and that may be a good thing. Whereas I found Anchorís too intense and too spice-cake like, this one is a bit more pleasant. Though it doesnít work as hard to differentiate itself from Schlaflyís basic pale ale...it is decent. Maybe I should age a couple.
BBB63 (6557) - 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.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - MAR 31, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of beastiefan2k. Pours light brown with a persistent white head. Smells of spice, fruit, sweet malt. Tastes of spice, cinnamon, sweet malt, earthy. This oneís a straight shooter.
Iphonephan (6200) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
From a 12 oz bottle shared at home. Pours a clear deep amber with an ecru head. Spicy nose. Flavors of cinnamon, cloves, cranberry and orange zest. Medium bodied, high carbonation, effervescent finish.
AirForceHops (6192) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle compliments to Queenholly. As I popped the cap I could smell the spices. Nothing like a little Christmas in February! Nice amber pour with thick fluffy head that fizzled and slowly died. Nose is clove, spice and caramel. The orange peel is the main spice I get followed by nutmeg and cinnamon with light toffee notes from the malt. Lightly dry finish. I like that this brewer took a slightly different take on a spiced brew. Reminds me a bit of spiced cake. It drinks like a 5 % brew. Overall, I enjoyed this.
Patrickctenchi (6037) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours slightly reddish-brown with a small tan head.
Cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel scent....very spicy.
Sweet caramel malt, spicy orange-peel, clove taste.
Just on the verge of being overblown with the spicing.....the cinnamon is almost gritty...Finishes with a slight grain alcohol note and strong holiday spices...Pretty good, but not one Iíd pick repeatedly.
TheBeerGod (6010) - 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.
GenDV138 (5988) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Clear amber with beige head. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, spices, light biscuit. Tastes of malt, caramel, spices, brown sugar. Medium body with a dry finish.
vyvvy (5863) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 12 oz. bottle - I had hoped for so much more than this delivered. Poured deep amber with a medium sized off-white head. The aroma has lots of clove and the lightest hint of orange - not much to speak of from malt or hops. Medium rich body with a good amount of carbonation. Taste is a LOT like the pumpkin ale... minus the pumpkin of course. Starts out with lots of clove spiciness and some lightly toasted malt. There is just a touch of sweetness from the orange peel. I think more of the malt was prevalent here that wasnít in the pumpkin ale strictly because the pumpkin wasnít in it. The finish has still lots of cloves with some spicy hops, but the hops are not very forceful in comparison. This is overall a good beer, but far too similar from the their last special release to cause too much excitement. The next special release is to be the extra stout - Iím assuming (and at this point hoping) there is no clove in there.
kramer (5827) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Pours a clear dark ruby body with a small fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is a full on Christmas spice assault, heavy nutmeg and cinnamon for the most part. Orange peel, clove, and a light pine tree note as well. The flavor is super spicy as well with a base maltiness thatís slightly sweet and toasty with a bit of graininess. The dominant spice in the flavor is a tie between cinnamon and clove. Finishes with a spicy and slightly sweet lingering maltiness. No real indication that this is in the 8% ABV range. Medium bodied with a slight stickiness, fizzy moderate carbonation. Canít get into this one too much, itís just a little too heavy on the spicing for my tastes.