HeadyDE (470) - Delaware, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into snifter..ruby reddish hue.some carbonation rising to top from edges..malty nose with clove..figs.dried fruit..hint of banana and definite mixture of other spices thrown in..litttle like a belgian dubbel..taste profile of fig jam..little syrupy on finish and alcohol comes through..this is a nice winter offering but probably one and done..not getting much from the orange peels..
Damico (2452) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark amber mostly clear with a beige head. The aroma is strong, sweet, and brings plenty of Christmas spices so pleasant in the nose with notes of cinnamon, almost apples as well. The flavor brings sweet clovey Christmas flavored malts, which would mean the spices of the season for anyone who wants to criticize my descriptions for lack of something better to do. The flavor ends a bit bitter but smooth overall.
KornDogg (521) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Strong aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark amber body with thin dissipating head. Flavor is dominated by spices; nutmeg, cloves, ginger, hints of orange peel, malts and brandy. A dryer beer, interesting flavor.
GSH1976 (206) - Delaware, USA - DEC 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear and very dark ruby color. Aroma is dominated by spices but nutmeg and cloves are the most noticeable. Alcohol is evident as it warms. Taste follows the nose with some malt presence although the spice taste is not as strong as the aroma led me to expect. The body is medium and there is not a lot of carbonation. An interesting beer but I am not a fan of the spices.
shadey (1879) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Pours a deep garnet red with virtually no head. Aroma is majorly spiced - which I suppose I should have expected from the 2x label. Cloves and other holiday spices dominate. There is some sweet malt as well. Flavors are also dominated by the spices - especially in the finish and the lingering aftertaste. It seems to fit the style and the goal of the beer, but not really my style or preference for a holiday brew.
joebudzjoe (668) - Connecticut, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft @ Monster B’s. Pours a dark ruby, this beer has an instant pumpkin spice scent upon sipping. Along with these scents, there is a dry pine hop flavor with faint lavender notes as well. Medium-bodied and not too difficult to put down.
ICEatALAMO (908) - Troy, Michigan, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft. The pour is a vibrant amber with a frothy head. The aroma is very strong of christmas spices, cinnamon, ginger. The taste is exactly the way it smells. A very solid christmas ale.
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nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is very spicy and fruity with all the smells of the season. There is also caramel and pine hops. The appearance is amber with a medium head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a great example of the Christmas/winter/holiday style but a bit to astringent for me.
ryanscourt (662) - Latrobe, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz pour from bottle at perch pub at philadelphia. not too bad, took about an hour to drink though. Can smell and taste the mulling spices. Syrupy and some taste of alcohol. Nice winter beer, but would not be disappointed to wait a year to have again.
strongpieman (1458) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - DEC 20, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear, copper color with no head. Strong spice aroma that is approaching cough syrup. Medium body, a little syrupy, moderate finish. Interesting Xmas beer, but not a favorite.