Drake (11500) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Beer Run, 12/5/13. Pours a clear dark red color with a thin creamy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of strong spices, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malts. The taste is toasted caramel malts, citrus, mulling spices. Medium bodied, slight lingering spice.
lamas (1536) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750mL corked & caged bottle from 2013. Date on the side: 01/15/16. Mine says 6.5% ABV. Gusher! A clear dark ruby pour with a massive khaki head. Cloves, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of ginger, and a big bready maltiness feature prominently in the wintry aroma. Plums and vanilla become apparent with a little warmth. Relatively thin to medium-bodied on the way down. Caramel and a toasted breadiness start things off taste-wise. A biscuity middle. Kinda grassy at the end. A little grainy. Lots of the aforementioned spices and just a touch of warming alcohol present from beginning to end. Some of the flavors are there, but this isnít nearly as big as it needs to be for the style.
60minuteman (1268) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very attractive amber mahogany color with brownish head. Plenty of lace and good accumulation. Cinnamon and nutmeg and other spice. Plentiful. Enjoyable Christmas ale. Wish this was a little stronger ABV
reberiii (485) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2014 Not my cup of tea so far. Poured from 12oz can, reddish with ample foam. Huge spice notes from this one, with the clovish scent carrying the ginger...it smells nice. The taste is again not my thing, but itís still quality. UPDATE: So, I aged a 2013 one. And honestly, it helped a lot. Itís still strong with the clove, and it may have gotten more bitter...but thatís ok. I think the drinkability is way up. It smells now and drinks like a quad...but without the quad middle? The cherry part. But again, itís better, and Iím ticking it up.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours a reddish brown with a medium beige head. Bitter and sharp, with a weird medicinal taste. Some cinnamon and fruit notes. Not good.
eelbasher (285) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Can. Deep amber/ brown pour with a caramel colored head. Typical spices for holiday beers: cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Very pungent. The flavor is much of same with dashes of caramel bd fruit. Hard to drink with tons of spice clouding this one. Think of a holiday candle but drinking it...meh
BrettTaylor (730) - Radford, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured as part of the local shopís weekly beer tasting, so this is based on a 1 oz sample. Thereís a lot of clove on the nose and the palate. You can also smell cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Itís fairly well-balanced except for the clove which at least in this taste was slightly overbearing the other flavors and aromas.
HighlanderOne (1174) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from can. Aroma of cinnamon, graham cracker, spices, ginger. Mahogany color with light tan head. Spices galore - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, pepper. Malt and vanilla as well. Spices are a bit heavy at first but grow on you. Interesting and unique.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Mulling spices, apple cider, sweet cloves.
Ap: Deep amber, clear - medium-large light tan head with good retention, leaving a solid cap of foam.
T: Sweet caramel and cinnamon up front - nutmeg and dep toasted malt - rich, with a slight roast edge - medium-low bitterness, with some spice contribution - hint of orange, and some clove on the finish.
P: Medium body with medium-high carbonation - full and satisfying, without being thick - finish is medium-dry.
O: Delicious winter spiced ale - spices are robust, but well balanced with one another and with the very tasty malt flavors.
Travlr (20297) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft. Hazy amber color. Aroma of soced caramel. Taste is mostly spice. Pretty spicy stuff.