mybrainhurts (370) - North Dakota, USA - APR 13, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Christmas is a bottle. Figs, cinnamon, spiced orange aroma. Flavors are similar with a nice toastiness. Spiced, festive finish. Alc well hidden. A new holiday favorite!
weihenweizen (2086) - Charleston Area, West Virginia, USA - APR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Refrigerated 12 oz. brown bottle poured into a snifter. Pours dark crimson with medium off-white head. Nice thin small bubble lacing, medium body, and nice cardamom aroma. Taste is big cardamom, ginger, cinnamon, some orange peel, balancing herbal hop background, some dark fruit (hint of fig), and a hint of alcohol. Too much cardamom and I would prefer the alcohol to be completely covered.
gruberm (329) - - APR 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clearing backlog. No comments. Apologies, future ratings will have detail.
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Beerdedone (2908) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark copper with a thin tan head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and winter spices. Flavor was toasted malts, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg, a touch of orange and xmas spices with a slightly bitter finish.
mnmike (1056) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle pour. Ruby brown color - moderate head. Taste is strong spice - like Pumking’s cousin...
superspak (3236) - Michigan, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/31/2012. Pours lightly hazy ruby red color with a 1 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big raisin, fig, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance of malt, fruit, and spice notes; with good strength. Taste of raisin, fig, orange peel, caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, ginger, clove, nutmeg, light anise, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness. Lingering notes of dark fruit, orange peel, brown sugar, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, light anise, floral, brown bread, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a while. Very nice complexity of malt, fruit, and spice flavors; with a great sweetness/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a creamy, slick, and slightly syrupy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a damn nice spiced Christmas ale! Great balance and complexity of malt, fruit, and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering.
Patrickctenchi (4627) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - MAR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep reddish-brown with a short, yellow-tan head.
Aroma is cola, gingerbread, cinnamon.
Taste is peppery, spiced bread/cake, nutmeg...
Leaves no doubt as to which holiday it represents...
Very tasty..though a trifle over the top.
Kobal (64) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a lovely deep red amber and smells of classic Christmas spices with a touch of black pepper spicing things up. Taste is a very dry cinnamon with clove. Hop character is much stronger than many brewers’ Christmas styles, overpowering the traditional spices. This may appeal to some drinkers, but for me it took away from the beer as a whole.
jsquire (3694) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear copper color with a short lived khaki colored head. Nose of some cinnamon, nutmeg and Vic’s Vaporub. Very spicey holiday ale with lots of cinnamon, spice, caramel and brown sugar. Some odd medicinal sense in the background. Dusty spice finish. It drinks easier than 8%. This is a big, spicey winter seasonal.
Metalhead (634) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - MAR 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This smells like fricken X-mas tree but watered down. Disappointed in the minimal head but has a bright copper color like a penny in sunshine. Tastes is spruce with a tad of x-mas spices and black licorice. Palate is good but a bit watery. Thanks ,Beer went down in the time it took me to write this.