ebone1988 (300) - Wyoming, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is full, lots of ginger, nutmeg, clove. There is a hint of sugar as well. Appearance is somewhere between amber and brown, little head but I would say light tan. Taste is...different. All of the spices hit at the end, while the beginning is sort of a mess of many flavors with not one in particular standing out. Ginger, nutmeg, and clove are very apparent at the end, and it’s a pretty spicy finish. Mouthfeel is pretty good, edging on thick but it’s just missing something. Overall, I’m not completely disappointed, but this could be better.
njager246 (470) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is incredible, ginger bread house.. definitely Christmas in a bottle. ..the taste isnt my favorite, but this really is incredible how well the aroma matches christmas
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Brewvolution. Brown pour with a white head. The aroma has a good bit of toffee and cinnamon to it. The flavor, on the other hand, tastes like a Christmas tree. I get a huge amount of juniper and pine as well as some allspice and cinnamon. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.
PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
11/25/13 gift for RAK week. Beauty of a scent, figs and spices. Appearance is a nice mahogany. Palate is a bit thin, and the taste kicks off a little harsh with a bitter cinnamon but them melds into the figs and orange. Overall, a decent holiday ale.
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Jrwhitney6 (346) - - NOV 24, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a copper color with almost no head. Nose of some cinnamon and spice. Taste strong on the nutmeg, and some alcohol on the finish. Enjoyable, but like many of these Christmas ales, a bit gimmicky.
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LinusStick (2932) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A nice Christmas beer., Not a huge fan of this genre to begin with, but it did get me in the holiday spirit (even though it’s still a week away from Thanksgiving). Aroma and taste were the same. All spices. Cinnamon, allspice, ginger and pine. Not sure if pine is in there or not, but tasted/smelled like it. Nice carbonation. Decent beer that I could drink one of during the holidays but that’s it.
HighlanderOne (1047) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 12, 2014 Poured from bottle. Great aroma of caramel, dried fruit, pineapple and vanilla cake. Mahogany with a bit of head. This is loaded with spices - pepper, chive, oregano, nutmeg, cinnamon, and a touch of spruce. Citrus, vanilla, and banana too. I think I even detect a hint of coconut. Can’t tell if there are any hops. This is a great holiday brew.
nearbeer (3998) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 21, 2013
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12 oz. Clear copper with a lasting small spit of bubbles. Nose is nutmeg, sharp cardamom and clove, and maybe some spruce resin. Taste is a big overdose of cardamom, clove, licorice and other spices. Long after taste shows some nice hints of citrus, resin and molasses and is the only tolerable part of the beer. Unfortunately the front taste is such a spice bomb that it couldn’t even be blended into another beer to save them both. Worst winter seasonal ever.
jmcgavin12 (492) - Madison, USA - NOV 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours ruby with minimal frothy tan head. Aroma is full spicy, with notes of fig, cinnamon, ginger, and all spice. Flavor is a balanced sweet malt with earth spice. Body is a bit weak and carbonation is weak. Very reminiscent of glogg! Great beer but a bitter finish develops throughout
Aurelius (4561) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bad label, standard longneck. Clear, ruddy, tea-colored beer; not much head. Spicy, malty aroma. Overly spiced when cold - a bit ham-handed on the nutmeg perhaps - so let this one warm up. Woody-sweet malts, dry caramel. Spice and alcohol burn at the end of a medium heavy body. Faint chocolate notes towards the end, implied vanilla. Not bad, if you’re around a bonfire. ABC, Betton.