jredmond (4025) - Manhattan, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
750ml bottle split with tony. Pours a dark amber mahogany bogy with thick, creamy beige head. Aroma is cinnamon and clove. Taste is nice, feels pleasant on the tongue. Light notes of spice, sugar, and clove.
TonyDiUlio (640) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great aroma. Full of cloves and cinnamon. the pour is dark amber. Some off white head. no real lacing. Flavors of clove, cinnamon, and hints of banana. Full on the tongue. Very nice christmas ale.
patrickfannon (1172) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours lighter, murky brown with a thin, tan head. Aroma of spices; cinnamon, pumpkin, clove, and pepper, as well as roasted malts and yeast. Medium bodied with a nice little warming in the finish. Good seasonal ale.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - AUG 31, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Have had this fresh and with almost a year on it. Surprising for the style it ages well. Aroma is crazy. Cinnamon, pie. Taste is much like pie, sweet and spice. Nice.
jeremytoni (2712) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - AUG 1, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured brown with a lot of head. Nice malty flavor with a lasting spicy finish.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - JUL 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle, pours an amber body with a tan yellow head. Very spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon and all spice. A hint of sugar but a relatively thin body.
zapprentice (314) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nothing like a little Christmas in May. Sugars, some cinnamon, fruity, spices in the aroma. Sugars not as potent in the flavor, peppermint coming through. Probably would be even better if I’d enjoyed it in the winter.
LilBeerDoctor (2818) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2008 bottle. Pours a cloudy brown with a small light tan head. Aroma is quite spicy--allspice, pepper, clove, ginger, gingerbread, Flavor is less potent in terms of spices with a light malty, allspice finish. Not as frightening as I thought it was going to be (considering the age!), actually somewhat decent.
fredandboboflo (1570) - East Setauket, New York, USA - MAY 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, 2008. Aroma smells like christmas and all the spices, brown sugar, and basic caramel malt. Flavor is a bit more malty and less spicy, but about the same. Again, definitely Christmas-y, good for what it is, just doesn’t get me going beer-wise...
tgncc (2296) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAY 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Definitely spicy. The nose is ginger, cinammon, brown sugar. The appearance is very nice, a red/chestnut brown color, stong cream colored head. The flavor is ginger, nutmeg, cinammon, brown sugar, matls, caramel. Sort of a chestnut flavor as it warms. Certainly enjoyable. Nice thick, creamy mouthfeel. The finish has a bite from the spices added, and maybe a slight hop presence. Nice flavor left on the palate though. Decent overall. This is vaguely like the Stone/mikkeler/JP Holiday ale in many respects. Just not quite nearly as good.