Beerman6686 (4999) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one poured a dark amber with an off white head. Aroma was of Clive and cinnamon, flavor similar, pretty standard Christmas beer.
matty (236) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Pours a clear amber orange color with a thick off white head. Lots of carbonation. Aroma is slightly metallic with some malt sweetness in the background. Medium-full bodied, nicely balanced malt with spices: cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Finish is spicy and sweet. Very good.
callmemickey (3255) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 13, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark orange amber body, medium off-white head, spotty lacing. Intense spicing: all spice, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and graham cracker. Medium bodied, lively carbonation, light sweetness, lingering finish.
magsinva (923) - Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from giant eagle market district - pours deep ruby, with dark fruits, plums, cloves, ginger on the nose. It’s a nice winter warmer.
douglas88 (6704) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cellar cleaning the old fashioned way. Pours a clear ruby color with a medium white head. A big nutty and spicy nose. Smooth caramel, big spices, nutmeg especially, some orange peel, light toffee. Good. Just not a style I want too much of. A 750 is tough.
jgb9348 (4946) - 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 (905) - 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 (1578) - 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 (673) - 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 (4383) - 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.