samsmith33 (772) - - DEC 15, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma Is plum, raisin, allspice, coriander, clove. Very festive. Clear brown color with a touch of red. Ashy taste, bitter orange. Good beer, though the aroma sets your expectations high and the flavor disappoints.
OPIE788 (337) - Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Nice amber color with an off white head. Cinnamon and allspice nose. Cinnamon, sweet dark fruit and I think some pine flavors.
Imaena (2177) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 14, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught. You need to be in the mood for a spiced beer with this one. Its big and aromatic and full of flavour.
DanD9 (6) - USA - DEC 14, 2013 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This was a very good holiday beer. Spicy warm sour notes quickly followed by notes reminding me of woody pine and berry. This beer finishes very clean.
Ed5388 (3164) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Crossroads Spirits. Pours a clear dark amber color with a finger of frothy khaki colored head. Aroma of oranges, toasted malts, tons of spice (mainly cinnamon), and mild sweet caramel. Taste of overpowering cinnamon and other spices, caramel malt, orange peel, and light citrus. I know the spice is the main focus of this beer, but its too much for my liking.
commonmac (1024) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2013
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAR 21, 2014 Bottle poured into tulip glass. Amazing spice aroma from the beginning. Truly a holiday feel from this festive ale. Auburn or mahogany color. Taste doesn’t quite live up to the aroma but malty, bourbon-y prevalence. Falls in line with a lot of the Southern Tier hop-centric collection. Slightly off in the aftertaste but impressed by the aroma. Not quite twice the Christmas...maybe 1.5 times.
freekyp (1907) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2015 A very daring winter warmer pushing some non traditional beer spices way to the forefront. Allspice and cloves are driving here with the cloves leading. Some cinnamon, and scads of ginger are in there too, all backed by a malty American strong ale. With all of this spicy goodness, I still find myself wanting to taste more beer. Definitely interesting, but the novelty wears off fast. Tough to drink on its own, pair this up with a spice cake or gingerbread.
tillmac62 (684) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - DEC 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2014 Pours a dark amber with dark ruby hue. Good head with nice lacing that dissipates . The nose is a WOW of spice. Ginger, cinnamon, clove and either cardamom or allspice against a slight dark malt sweetness. Medium body and carbonation. The taste is like the nose - an exceptional blend of spice against a slight malt sweetness. Well balanced with a focus on Christmas spices that is expertly taken to the limit of flavor. Clean finish with a burst of spice flavor and a nice warm burn. If you like spice, this beer is for you.
GL2814 (361) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
If you put everything Christmas in a bottle, you would get this beer. With a spicy ginger and cinnamon aroma, and amazingly complex yet simple flavor palate, this is not just a great holiday beer, but a great beer beer.
TheHopster (1041) - Netcong, New Jersey, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
(Bottle). This was the perfect choice after decorating the Christmas Tree. Bright aroma, rich with spices and pine. Mahogany complexion with thin head. The flavor is unique. Festively spiced with understated alcohol. A perfect seasonal selection. I think this is way underrated within RB. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone