DrSilverworm (4741) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Bottled 11/14/11. Clear red / amber color with lots of floating sediment. Minimal off-white head, leaving a bit of lace. Lighter carbonation. Nice, fruity citrus aftertaste. I really enjoy the orange-peel aroma in this, accompanied with spicy cloves and good malt body accentuated by the hops. A mild sweet taste. Great christmas ale.
BrewDad (4601) - Olympia, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber in color, clear with a thin head. Nice Malt and spices mix. This brew warms up well and with a kick if you have a few extra.
EithCubes (4571) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 8, 2008
2.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: JAN 13, 2014 Bottle. Aroma is a mess – an overload of cloves and juniper / tree fallings with a macro sort of sweet corn/grain and raw rubbing alcohol. Dust and cobwebs. Deep copper-mahogany pour with a soapy light brown head. Brown sugar and pithy malt with some orange peel and clove. Medium-full body with a pleasant prickle and a little wittish slurry – good mf. Alcohol is much better integrated than expected. After the rocky start, revealed itself to be a drinkable, mildly satisfying wintery ale. [2008:01.08]
Update: Confirmed on ALL points. YIKES. [2014.01.13]
kramer (4564) - 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 that’s 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. Can’t get into this one too much, it’s just a little too heavy on the spicing for my tastes.
jgb9348 (4438) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice crisp copper coloured body with a bright amber, ruby and orange tint and a thick, three centimetre tall tan head - nice. Aroma of roasted malt, nuts, figs, earth and bunches of spices - allspice, pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Medium-bodied; Strong spicey flavour at first with alcohol also noticeable, but the spice warmth starts with nutmeg and hits coriander seed, cardamom and juniper berries. Aftertaste is potent with the roasted malt and pit fruits the strongest, but the bitterness from spices is also noticeable and showing relatively well. Overall, a nice spiced beer with some good flavours, but not too much to be cloying or overpowered - a nice beer for sure and good for winter. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Red, White & Bleu in Falls Church, Virginia on 23-November-2012 for US$2.99 sampled at home on this, the twelve day of Christmas, 06-January-2013 in Washington.
TomDecapolis (4386) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep chestnut with a foamy off white head. Aroma of holiday spices, dark cherries, caramel and toffee. Flavor of dark cherries, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel.
Strykzone (4386) - 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.
nimbleprop (4150) - 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.
nuplastikk (4089) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 7, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle at Brickskeller. Filtered amber-orange. Spells straight up like a Pumpkin beer, lots of spice. Really mellow for the ABV. Smooth malty tones. Cinnamon pumpkin tones, but maybe its the orange peel. Pretty nice, despite the pumpkin ale smell, remains a solid beer.
radagast83 (4040) - Fairfax, 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.