Hair6a11 (1260) - Illinois, USA - NOV 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 Ounce Bottle; Pour is a one finger, modest off white / fine bubbled head into this glass - retention is fairly poor here, however , but it does provide a nice, clear ruby coloration in the typical christmas feeling. The nose is spruce tips, nutmeg, spice, and sweetbread, I suppose. The flavor profile provides pine and spruce initial, moving to cranberry and fruit cake - nutmeg and cinnamon spice, with a lingering bitterness - This was a nice experience - not a mind blower.
Bsquare13340 (3) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Alcohol stands out in the aftertaste, though figs are a nice touch. The red (Christmas tree light) color of this beer is almost worth the purchase alone.
Miked1687 (572) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pretty Ruby red pour with an off white head. Nose is sweet cranberry, spice, nutmeg. Taste is all holiday spice. Really sweet and it almost tastes like a holiday wreath. Honey finish, ginger bread cookies. Not bad, but it’s intense. Couldn’t drink too much of it.
r464 (1738) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 10, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very spicy aroma. Spicy, full but not heavy. Punchy, crisp. Nutmeg, cinnamon, mint, clove, and malt.
marv3mania (155) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Appearance is a clear ruby-amber color with basically no head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and other holiday spices. Absolutely fantastic. Taste mostly follows the nose. The spices are a bit too intense, but it is still delicious. As Christmas a beer as I’ve ever had.
merc7186 (1665) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A: Deep Reddish Amber Hue, Passes Some Light, Thin White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Sweet Malts
T: Cinnamon, Sweet Bread, Nutmeg
M: Decent Carbonation, Medium Bodied, Spicy, Mildly Malty
Overall, still a pretty excessive xmas ale but not as bad as others....drinkable but overly spiced.
bigrond (1435) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great beer for the cool weather. ’cellared’ this one, don’t think I did to much as far as maturing. But still as good as I remembered from last winter. Spicy, warming, and good drinking
Mep3222 (296) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - AUG 8, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells of fig malty and a bit bitter. Taste is full flavored and balanced. Fig and some spice, maybe nutmeg?? Toasted malt flavor with spice. Enjoyable winter beverage.
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Fredis23 (478) - Hickory Hills, Illinois, USA - JUL 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Xmas in July, so very appropriately Xmas beer. Dark Brown, Rather Small Head, Leaves Some Lacing. Clove, Spice Aroma. Tastes sweet, Fig, Raisins. Clove, Caramel, Malt. Reminds me of Goose Island Christmas Ale. Real Nice. Recommended.
Heathen (1444) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 27, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
THOUGHTS: Very Christmasy. Lots of spices, but enough malt to back it up. Hid alcohol fairly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear. very dark red that was nearly brown in the glass with an average, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma had heavy dark bread, nutty malt and caramel; light spicy hops; grape; raisin; date; fig; slight alcohol; holiday spices; dark fruits; and oranges. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and slightly acidic and sour. There was caramel, fruitcake, figs, raisin, dates, dark fruit, citrus, orange, and holiday spices. The medium body was extremely easy to drink and was a bit oily with slightly soft but tingly carbonation and a dry if anything, but not really much of any finish.