CaptainBoosh (44) - - NOV 19, 2013
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Pours amber-red with small white head. Atoms is cinnamon and cloves. Tastes delicious, like magical holiday elves dancing on my tongue. Actually, spicy bread with mostly cinnamon and cloves again and slightly dark fruit tones at the end. Good mouthfeel but not heavy. Overall my favorite holiday drink.
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Scipio (749) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a very dark, clear red with a medium white head. The aroma has a holiday feel to it, with strong cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and spices. The taste remains heavy in cinnamon. While it keeps the rest of the impressions that were found in the nose, they aren’t nearly as pronounced. There is a somewhat yeasty flavor actually. Short cinnamon aftertaste. I find this light in body. The texture is rather thin, almost watery. Soft in carbonation. Given the light mouthful, I’m surprised that this is 8% alcohol. Anyway, this isn’t all that special.
tgncc (2991) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The aroma is spices, caramel backbone. The appearance is clear deep ruby, white head. The flavor is spices, like nutmeg, cinnamon, orange peel, mint, clove, kitchen sink, etc, some caramel. The finish is purely spices, slight burn Interesting, if a bit of a "done before" feel Medium in body, slightly thick. Good overall. Definitely Christmas-y in spirit.
BrewIPA (88) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very full beer with an explosion of tastes happening. Definitely all of the holiday spices present here. A really interesting beer that you will want to sip and enjoy slowly, just like the holidays.
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Hair6a11 (1411) - 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.
Miked1687 (608) - 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 (1979) - 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 (185) - 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 (2409) - 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 (1499) - 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