argo0 (11128) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 11, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(75cl, 2006 vintage, thanks shadrach) Clear copper body topped by enormous beige head. Aroma is moderately sweet, pumpkin pie -- ginger, nutmeg, clove, allspice. Taste is medium sweet, clove, allspice, ginger, light nutmeg, cinnamon. Light-medium body. Despite the spices essentially being the sole characteristic, they never overpower.
kp (10887) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
cloudy dark amber, thin fine beige head, sweet spiced cinimon and nutmeg aroma, lots of spiced flavor, gritty brown suggar sweetness, long spiced bitter finish
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 13/20
clear dark amber, frothy beige head, sweet spiced malt aroma with plenty of cinamon, rich dark caramel malt flavor, touch of sweetness, lots of spices, a yeasty bread character blends in very nicely with the spices to create a spiced Christmas cake
Aroma: 7/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 7/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 14/20
jcwattsrugger (10731) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
06 Christmas Ale-GBof A PA-750 ml bottle-pours a light tan head and hazy copper color. Aroma is spice, medium malt-sweet. Taste is initial burst of spice, medium malt-sweet and hops bite then finishes with discordant spices. OK beer. OK carbonation.
Travlr (9954) - 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.
brokensail (9214) - Orange County, California, USA - FEB 16, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours amber in color with a very, very large tan head.
S: There is no mistaking the spices/flavorings in this beer. Tons of ginger right away followed by clove and nutmeg. The cinnamon and all spice there, but seemingly not as intense as some of the other additives. Underneath it all, there is a decent enough bread and toffee character.
T: Things are pretty much the same on the palate. Lots of ginger, with an almost gingerbread type of flavor. There is a pleasing sweetness that works well with the typical winter types of spices used in this beer.
M: The body is medium with a moderate to high level of carbonation.
D: For a spiced winter beer, this was very nicely done. While the ginger was the strongest of the flavors, none of them were overdone.
hopdog (8254) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Sly Rox in Royersford. Poured a medium mahogany color with a small off white head. Aromas and tastes of spices, nuts and caramel. Malty.
JoeMcPhee (8063) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 6, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750 ml bottle. Deep amber red beer with a thick creamy and persistent head. Good looking beer really. Aroma is loaded with sweet christmas spices. Loads of ginger, nutmeg, coriander and light cinnamon. Fairly sweet malts but balanced by the ginger and spicy cinnamon. It’s quite light and refreshing, yet warming at the same time. It could use a more interesting yeast, but it’s quite nice nonetheless.
Sammy (7740) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 18, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 edition brought by Dr.Jay.Mostly foamy head on orange body. Medium mouthfeel,lots of spice, not too crazy on the ginger, then there is nutmeg, orange, cinammon, clove. Hops back there, and not bitter. Kind of thrown all together, a spicy flavour beer.Not my best Sly Fox, but quaffable.
MartinT (7321) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 27, 2006
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Any first impressions?
-A thin film of foam floats atop the rubyish terracotta.
-Aromatic diacetyl bugs the cinnamon, nutmeg, and other gingerbread manliness.
-Cookie crumbs and fruity spices thankfully take hold of the flavor spectrum, leaving barely any room for the aforementioned diacetyl moisture.
-Boiling effervescence and thin maltiness make this a rather gassy ale.
What if you dig deeper?
-Some cherries and berries proliferate within the spiced butter.
-Herbal bitterness smoothly colours the back of the mouth.
-Finishes dry as well, the maltiness could be heightened here especially methinks.
-An okay Christmas with the family, with the same old gifts and dinner menu.
Bottle; 2005 vintage.
DocLock (7225) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 6, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Notes from Christmas 2003. Pours coppery, with aroma of malt, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon. Tastes spicy, slightly caramelly and nutty, with a sweet, spicy finish. A well made holiday offering.