crossovert (5716) - 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 (361) - 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 (482) - 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.
MikeJslc (643) - USA - APR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep copper, clear, white head. Dark baked bread, toffee, burnt sugar, allspice, prunes and raisins, a little orange peel, a light herbal note.
mybrainhurts (345) - 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 (1392) - 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 (278) - - 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 (2400) - 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 (944) - 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 (1930) - 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.