jgb9348 (3964) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - MAR 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crisp amber coloured body with a large tan head. Aroma of light spices, caramel, toffee, earth, nuts and a bit of malt. Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol flavour with some very nice spices and herbal notes, a hint of toffee and a good complex pit fruit and grape finish. Aftertaste shows a good complex flavour with pit fruits, toffee, alcohol and a touch of light hops. Overall, a very nice beer for the season with a good complexity and some mellow sweetness, while showing a lot of alcohol. I sampled this 75 cL bottle purchased from Whole Foods in New York (Bowery location), New York on 25-November-2011 for US$7.99 sampled at my hockey Christmas party on 21-December-2011.
hfmejias (352) - Dover, Delaware, USA - MAR 6, 2013
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 Fl. Oz. Can. Poured a reddish dark brown with a little bit of head. Aroma of spices and nutmeg. Taste very consistent with aroma plus cinnamon and ginger, It is a nice tasting brew but I’m having a hard time finding the beer in it; never the less perfect for winter all the spicing warms you up a bit.
keanex (786) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Victory Lane.
Appearance: Clear amber body, no head.
Aroma: Light spices.
Taste: Malty with nutmeg and cinnamon.
Palate: Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.
Overall: Good Christmas ale, not as spiced as most.
MarkSachon (333) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz can from The BeerHive in Pittsburgh. Plenty of spice and everything nice. A very good Christmas beer with enough mystery to keep you guessing as to the recipe and ingredients.
ben4321 (2995) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: 750 ml bottle from Buy Rite, 1/9/13, 2012 Edition
Aroma: The nose is fairly sweet, with lots of spice (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc.), and some bread
Appearance: It pours a mahogany color with a large, frothy beige head and streaks of lace
Flavor: The taste is all about the spice too, with lots of bread, much like a spice Christmas cake
Palate: The body starts medium, it is overly carbonation, and really thins out in the mid-end palate
I thought this was a pretty decent Christmas spice beer, but that is a lot of spice. Add that to the carbonation and the thin finish, and I had a few issues with this one that kept me from truly enjoying it.
Volsconti (21) - - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not the best Christmas Ale I ever taste. It tasted a bit too much like spice and not enough beer. Nothing beats Great Lakes
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
PGHbeer77 (483) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Champagne Bottle. Cinnamon, nutmeg scent. Deep brown, mahogany pour, transparent, with a white foamy head. Moderate cinnamon fronted flavor to nutmeg with some wheaty, graininess to the finish. Medium bodied with a very bubbly, frothy feel. Overall, a great lower ABV Christmas ale.
Pastor (776) - Skowhegan, Maine, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Wow they canned this one. It was a good winter warmer tons of spicing in it so stay away if you are not into that kind of brew. I think they went a little heavy on the nutmeg but that spice is a bitch to work with in any sort of cooking. Enjoyable none the less
vtafro (1862) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Ruby brown pour with tan head. Floral aroma with light spice and vinous aroma tones. Cinnamon, nutmeg tones with like grape/floral flavors dominate flavor.
beersearcher (1956) - Glendale, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
The 2012 version. Thanks to Tomm Carroll for bringing this one out. Just a medley of spices in this orange hued beer. You can almost taste each individual addition but I got ginger most followed by cinammon. Lovely label as well.