19Ei8hty (1110) - Washington, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright, clear amber hued body. Doughy malt character with notes of sweet caramel and toast. Heavy doses of spice and a touch of ginger. A medicinal herb quality.
revolution2718 (80) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 2, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours dark brown. Nose is spics , cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, basically the whole sprice cabinet, also pine. Taste starts with a caramel malt, pine, then hits you with a ton of spices on the back end. Maybe a touch of bitterness from some orange peel. Pretty light body. Ok, I can't drink much of this though. Too much spice.
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kschwab14 (1) - Elma, New York, USA - DEC 2, 2013 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the local brewpub. Pours a very dark reddish hue with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is of the classic xmas staples such as cinnamon, ginger, cloves, figs, allspice. Upon the first sip you are slammed with a perfect mix of the aformentioned flavors and a nice hoppy undertone. A fantastic christmas beer.
DocJitsu (581) - Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark amber with a thin, light tan head. Spicy nose. Cinnamon, light clove, and all spice. Medium to full body with some stinging sensation in the surface of the tongue and roof of the mouth. Too much clove in the very spicy flavor. It’s like drinking potpourri.
GTAEgeek (940) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Perimeter Taco Mac (War Eagle!!). Pours a bubbly and relatively clear brown with a small, tan head. The aroma is immediately gin (this is a first, but that was the impression I got! Spruce and juniper, with some booze. It actually kinda works with the Christmas theme.) There are some notes of nutmeg (eggnog, perhaps?), caramel, and black bread. Sweet flavor, with some intense spiciness. Medium to heavy body, with a lot of savory spiciness. This is an incredibly unique beer, although it takes some time to get used to.
hfmejias (527) - Dover, Delaware, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Poured brown, nice off white head and lots of lacing. Aroma of dark fruit and spices combined with some malt notes. Taste, spices are in my opinion a bit too strong and while they are well balanced with malts they kind of overpower the beer. Overall not bad, one of the best Christmas beers out there.
dfinney23 (1248) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Smells like Christmas. Tastes like Christmas. 2Xmas indeed! The spice mix is almost overwhelming but very well balanced with the bitter/sweet notes.
degbert (901) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours medium brown with red highlights and a fine-grained, thin, off-white head. Nose is clove, cinnamon, and cardamom, especially the last; smells like Scandinavian pastry. Sweet and malty on the tongue, again with the cardamom at the forefront; bitter roast and clove/cinnamon acridity closes in after, cutting the rich sweetness nicely. Finish is dry and smoky, still with the spices predominant. It’s not something I’d drink a lot of, but it’s a really, really nice variant on the usual holiday brew.
gschrade (276) - Collinsville, USA - NOV 29, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I had this at Global Brew. Pours brown with a off whit head. Taste cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. I thought this was good. I could drink this again.
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bubblehouse (117) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The taste of the orange peel and fig really comes through in a pleasant way. One of the better xmas ales.
DiarmaidBHK (3060) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Total Wine Sterling. Pours brown with a thin khaki head. Doesn’t leave much lacing. Smells like Christmas cheer. It’s like mistletoe and bakers spices on the tongue. Finishes clean. Hides the alcohol well. This one’s pretty damn good.