gpekar (473) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear dark copper with some red tint. There was a tall foamy tan head that became more creamy as it reduced to about 1". The aroma had molasses and a bit of a red wine tartness. The beer was lightly on the dry side with a nice hop bite with some citrus notes coming through after the intial tasting. The middle is slightly fruity with a good bit of malt for balance. The finish is on the dry side with a nice mild hops bitterness and a hint of spice.
mribm (458) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer # 400! Not quite what I expect from a winter / holiday beer. Slightly malty taste up front with a slightly hoppy finish. Nothing really special in the taste, aroma or appearance. Pretty much just an average beer.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Other than the nasty aftertaste it’s not horrible per se. The flavor is actually somewhat pleasant and fruity.
timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised.
Gmoney (442) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 18, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2009 22 oz bottle..hazy deep amber pour,thin off white head ,no lacing. Aroma of caramel and light chocolate notes.Flavor is much like the aroma ,caramel,chocolate,butterscotch with some fruitiness and alcohol. Medium bodied. Finish is very dry and earthy.
Sammys (428) - Portland, Maine, USA - NOV 25, 2000
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A decent brew, but I thought it was a little bit on the bland side. Balance was on the malt side, but the flavor was a bit dissapointing given the brewer.
sailracer (419) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap. Pours a deep, clear brown. Like all Shipyard beers, this one had too much hop flavor for me that covered up the malt.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz. bottle
The color is an amber/brown, with a foamy white head.
Th smell is a little fruity, with some spice flavor and a malty overtone.
The Taste is malry with some christmas spice, Some caramel flavor and some hints of hops.
This beer is anice seaonal beer. It has the right ammount of flavoring for the time of year and has a nice and even body to it.
verymerrymonk (413) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear amber body with a thin, lasting white head. Caramel, roasted nuts, bread, and cherry. Nice lacing. Ends dry.
rollinsr (411) - Atlanta, GEORGIA - JUL 3, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a rich amber with barely any head at all to speak of. Aroma is very sweet and nutty with some raisin and prune notes dominating, also some hints of toffee. There is also a bit of smoked peat character to the aroma. The flavor of this beer again is very sweet with dark fruits and the nuttiness tends to stick to back of the palate even after the carbonation has subsided. Beer tastes worse as it warms up so beware.