obxdude10 (2046) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 2, 2002
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Awesome seasonal ale, lots of different spices in the aroma, hints of nutmeg, amber in color, nice lacy head, don’t under-estimate this beer, very excellent Christmas seasonal
bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 14, 2006
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
"Pour a dark amber color, with a nice foamy head. Aroma was just like christmas, nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor was good slight hoppyness with spices. Good beer."
closey22 (923) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - JUL 29, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark amber with rimming beige head; aroma is slightly spicy nutmeg; Flava is richly spicy cinnamon& nutmeg and malty sweet with notes of brown sugar; feels medium light but richly foamy; finishes tangy roasty malty dryish
beerbomb (196) - New Jersey, USA - JUL 30, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
2013 can (not the first) - rating this in relation to other holiday "spiced" beers: aroma and flavor blow away most other spiced beers - cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, molasses - this beer is for those that like spices and I happen to love them - avoid this is you don’t. flavor is the same - absolutely dominating cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove along with some toasty malt and a touch of hops - such excellent interplay - so toasty, so spicy - really like a good amber ale with a spice blast.
palate is a bit bitter from the pure spice saturation, but doesn’t take away from the enjoyment - malt saves it - in my opinion - this is the ultimate spiced beer - so many advertise ingredients you cannot taste - with this, not only can you taste all the ingredients, but its balanced and only around 5% abv - hope they do this every year! Merry Christmas to you!
raymow (821) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 22, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Looks like I’m the 1st to rate the 2005 version. Had a growler from the 6-Pack Store in Phila. It was better than expected. Nice balance of clove, ginger, cinammon, etc. - and not too sweet. I’d like to try it again before the season is over. Recommended.
Nate (3740) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 31, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
2006 vintage. Courtesy of foureyedgeek. Has a rich, warming Christmas cookie aroma, with notes of nutmeg and cinammon, ginger and allspice. Tart acidity with plum and raisin fruitiness. Rich and creamy with a touch of soy sauce. Nice aroma. Dark brown cloudy with tan lacing head. Medium-heavy body with medium carbonation. Great taste, like a Christmas cookie with spicy notes of nutmeg and cinammon and allspice. Light bitterness at the end but mainly and sweet nutty with a bit of chalky dryness. Sweet after. Mild alcohol notes - a nice Xmas beer.
stonelis (38) - Kutztown, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Dark amber, tons of head..it overflowed my glass. Didn’t take long until I was able to pour more, settled to a nice lacy head.
Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Nice.
Taste: Heavy spice was my first impression, it faded to a nice balance after the first swallow.
Palate: a touch too much carbonation for my likes but it didn’t detract from the overall feel.
Overall: I only had one 750ml bottle. Purchased at Royersford brewery/Reataurant for $6. I like this and could drink a few more, if only I had more!
Serving type: bottle
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - DEC 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle pours copper with huge frothy bubbly khaki head. Aroma has alot of allspice up front some other spice such as nutmeg and clove present too. Flavor comes on mildy sweet with a very malty profile, the allspice and clove can really be tasted. The body is medium to full slightly atrigent finish keeps the balance.
BREWMUSKCLES (2263) - 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!
Chalsk (1065) - 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.