PGHbeer77 (571) - 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 (795) - 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 (2810) - 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 (2315) - 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.
ARMed (597) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
The Sly Fox brew has a dominant flavor of cinnamon, coriander, cloves and spices. This beer has a great taste upfront but eventually got on my nerves and was too overpowering. Good density and body.
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joeyplush (628) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Enjoyed with Armed at a little informal Christmas gathering. Spicy, not too heavy; flavors of nutmeg and cinnamon, and slight hints of apple cider. Beer is ok, will not rush to order it again.
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Chalsk (1049) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On the Third Day of Christmas the beer gods gave to me... one really good vintage Christmas ale. A 2009 vintage Christmas ale. Pours a medium brown color with a thick caramel colored head. Aromas of caramel, ginger and cinnamon. Sweet caramel taste with a spice hit and gentle cinnamon notes through the finish. A bit complex but the feel really gives it that punch. Nice surprise.
bmerz (687) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Clear amber. Aromas and flavors of spruce, light sour funk, spices, malt. Mostly sweet with a tight herbal bitterness. thin but sticky. Not into it but maybe that is just because of the style.
BREWMUSKCLES (2192) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
beautiful aroma from can of egg nog and vanilla pudding right out of the foam. shake the beer and it will continue to release it. fresh flavor of Christmas right from the can muted after some time when i thought i tasted a sugar plum! solid 4 xmas brew. big cinnamon and nutmeg allspice sets itall off. quite a feat!
Chad9976 (1127) - Albany, New York, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve often said Iím not a big fan of Christmas beers because they tend to be spice bombs. Iíve figured out the key to a good one, though: if I can drink an entire serving without it wearing out my palate. Some have me calling it quits after a few sips, but good ones like Sly Fox Christmas Ale are well balanced enough to endure for me. Plus itís got the right combination of spices.
I poured a 12oz can into a snifter.
Appearance: Beautiful red hue, transparent with some carbonation visible. Forms a large, off-white, frothy head which mostly evaporates but does lace the glass rather well.
Smell: Gingerbread, shortbread cookies, and fruitcake.
Taste: It seems like all Christmas beers use essentially the same spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice and ginger. Iím not sure whatís the right amount of each that satisfies my palate, but in the case of Sly Fox Christmas Ale they seem to be proportioned correctly. I actually can distinguish all these individual flavors while at the same time appreciating their homogeneity. The balance is perfect as none seem to overshadow the other, while the intensity is kept low enough that it doesnít feel overwhelming.
Slightly mild up front with a shortbread cookie-like sweetness, followed by a quick hoppy bitterness, which is then outshined by the collective spices. Each swig I concentrate on a different spice and itís amazing how well each one works on its own and how well they work as a team. The aftertaste is akin to that of a gingersnap, but I wouldnít call it cloying at all. Itís not a perfect beer, but itís definitely one of the better Christmas ales Iíve had.
Drinkability: While not exactly a guzzler, Sly Fox Christmas Ale has impressive drinkability. Usually, spice bomb palates tend to be sippers, but the body here is a bit lighter than youíd expect. Plenty of energy while in the mouth, with the right amount of carbonation and a tolerable aftertaste. Itís not exactly refreshing, but itís surprising smooth to get down. At only 5.5% ABV, this is a highly efficient brew and something Iím likely to drink multiple servings of.