Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2015
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
From the bottle, pours a rich amber with a thick bubbly off white head. Fruity aroma, like more of a pear cider than a Christmas beer. Taste is also fruity, mostly pear, some green apple, just a hint of holiday spice at the end. Overall smooth and light, not bad, but not what I would think of as a winter/holiday/Christmas beer.
Frozer (238) - Illinois, USA - DEC 23, 2015
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amazing Cranberry aroma. Smells like a good Christmas candle. Little head on a dark red body. Cranberry flavor up front with dry cereal. Great season brew!
N3lson1 (705) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 17, 2015
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle, thank you Danny! Has some very odd aromas and very odd flavors. Not very good.
StanMemTn (58) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour; golden color; fairly malty with slightly funky sweet overtones; medium finish. Not bad.
zach8270 (4003) - Henrietta, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
(draft @ Roman Bistro - Pittsburgh, PA) Copper pour with a beige head. Fruity and lightly spiced aroma. Peaches and pecans? Not too sure about that but there was a good amount of medicinal fruity notes. [11/27/15]
rjplumer (837) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 14, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Has a zesty peach and berry aroma. Deep clear amber body with only a slim head. Bright berry and peach taste. Has a some caramel malt give it some balance. Refreshing with a clean finish. Enjoying this one a lot and I’ll have to pick up some more.
Foxbush (1622) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Food Lion in Short Pump, VA The beer poured a clear dark amber with beige frothy head. No lacing! The aroma was sweet with apricots and caramel malts. There was a hint of spices. The beer was sweeter than I normally prefer. It is a balanced beer with a medium body and soft carbonation. This may be an excellent beer for the Christmas season.
EithCubes (5371) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, stupid twist top. Nose is peaches, a little medicinal but far from bad, just closeted and a little dank/musty; there’s some generic berry fruitiness going on that I really like. Pours dark ruby in the glass but more bronze from the neck, short head is tan. Taste is a mix of peach and berry, oozes out some toasted nuts and recedes into Sam Adams house flavor nuttiness; the fruit still does taste artificial but that’s not grating on me right now. Medium bitterness but it lasts and buttresses all above it. Full body maybe a little too full but not syrupy, and though there’s sweetness coming from the peach infusion, the malt is attenuated down to nice digestibility. Works for me. [2015.12.12: 3.3]
jbuskirk (1024) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - DEC 11, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Shiner’s brew is called Holiday Cheer yet fruit-focused seasonal beers tend to bring out my inner Krampus. This peachy Dunkel definitely pushes the fruit element a bit too strong for my liking. Still, I admire the effort. The peach works well with the malty wheat and barley sweetness. I don’t get a lot from the pecan. The peach takes the spotlight. At least it actually tastes like fresh Texas peaches.
Sirmixsomewhat (170) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I don’t taste much difference between this and their regular flagship brew, and that’s pretty okay with me. They’re both solid beers and this one fits in line with many holiday beers in that it’s safe; it’s not going to knock your socks off, but it’s not bad at all.