merc7186 (2715) - 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
Mep3222 (994) - 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.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Fredis23 (515) - 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 (1500) - 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.
jkwood04 (4960) - Connecticut, USA - JUN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle in a shaker. Pours deep amber with a thick, beige head. Aroma of spices and fruit cake, plus a little caramel malts and floral notes. Flavor the same. Average texture. Interesting, but not for me.
Gription79 (2716) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - MAY 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Shared a 12 ounce bottle in the Alaskan wilderness. Notes of spiced cake, citrus, cinnamon, fruity, spruce. This is a good beer.
crossovert (10045) - Illinois, USA - MAY 20, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Heavily spiced but not a bad chritmas ale, backing spice form the hops, decent malt.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This score is from my backlog at a different site. Full reviews written for all new beers tasted.
SamP01 (641) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a deep dark ruby cinnamon red with a small beige head. Aroma of sweet spices, cinnamon, dark fruity notes with a bit of orange peel. Taste same as aroma flavor is sweet bitter cinnamon and orange peel, and sweet spices. Palate is a medium body with moderate carbonation and a sweet spices bitter mouth feel. Finishes with a combination of sweet spices, lots of cinnamon with a bit of an bitter orange peel flavor on the end. A bit on the sweet side but overall an interesting yet drinkable take on a holiday brew.