matthewjk (1053) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Whoa Hohoho my fellow ratetarians...I will tell you straight up that I think most Christmas ales are not appealing to me; however, S.T. is so damn good at what they do, they blew this one up! My sense of smell is terrible, but even I can detect the fantastic fruit cake aromas of this thing. The beautiful mahogany color will catch your eye. Your nose and tongue will like this one; all the seasonal aromas and flavors are accounted for. Finish has a little alcohol on it, but I like it. The best beer in "Christamas Ale" category by far.
Dorkenstein (395) - - JUN 25, 2016
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aromas of cranberries, baking spices, and banana bread. Taste is light toffee and caramel, banana bread, and cinnamon and sugar spices. Some cranberry is in there too.
Block (2166) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - MAR 24, 2016
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Brown pour, thin white head. Aroma of cinnamon, clove, spice. Flavor is more clove, it’s a good winter beer. Very solid and it captures the season.
tfontana (613) - Fremont, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 4, 2016
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pour into nonic pint glass from Epsom Circle Market. Aroma is strong spice--nutmeg, allspice, pepper, cardamom?, others--light citrus. Appearance is hazy mahogany without sparkle and nice foamy lacing. Taste is spices, pepper, mixed with sweet. Palate is medium bodied with thick, creamy texture and pleasant lively carbonation with slight numbing to the lips, spicy finish. Overall, spicy treat that is pretty unique.
hotstuff (4840) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rated on 02-16-2016 (Bottle) The appearance is a small creamy, smooth beige head with a long retention, amber transparent body, very fizzy carbonation, and spotty lacing. The aroma presents spicy, cinnamon, semi-sweet, caramel malt, and some nutmeg. The flavor is very spicy, ginger, some alcohol, caramel malt, sweet, and some dark fruit. The mouthfeel is light carbonation and this beer is medium bodied. A very quaffable beer that is quite spicy tasting which was a bit too much for my liking. It is a beer worth trying.
Gachupines (1242) - USA - FEB 17, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Cloudy amber with a small white head. Aroma is spruce tips with a little fig. Flavor is sweet up front with hints of fig and a heavy dose of spruce in the finish.
paintedmaple (671) - People’s Republic of Bloomington, Indiana, USA - FEB 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap...nice aroma of allspice is followed by a respectably dry beer as this style seems too often to be overly sugared. The initial spice was assertive, but upon drinking it moved to the background. Finished nicely clean for the style and was easy drinking. Good Xmas stuff.
Turboninja (468) - Tampere, FINLAND - FEB 13, 2016
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle@home, from Constantino’s, Cleveland, USA. Medium aroma with pine, cinnamon and other herbs. Deep amber color with no head and slightly hazy liquid. Medium/strong taste with resin, pine and other spices. Unbalanced with narrow/medium taste spectrum and medium slightly hoppy aftertaste with cinnamon. Light/medium body with medium carbonation. Overall, messy and simple product with pungent taste on resin.
WVHouseofBeer (1023) - Florida, USA - JAN 24, 2016
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a nice deep amber color with an off white head. Strong smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and other spices. Flavors were more of the same with a touch of fig/raisin. The spices were a bit overwhelming for me. I normally like spiced beers but this was overdone just a tad. The alcohol is hidden well. Medium bodied. Overall it was decent but I probably won’t buy it again.
60minuteman (1278) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2016
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft from Rams. Copper color, minimal head. Lots of spice in this one. Cinnamon, nutmeg, basically tastes like Xmas. Oaky malts and spicy hop.
mcox90 (1873) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 16, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle from The Beer Store. They happened to be tasting it when I walked in, so I bought a couple. Pours a delightful clear deep mahogany with a small ecru head. Aroma features the spices. Nutmeg, light cinnamon and clove. Rich sweet flavor with all the above and some dark fruits and real light chocolate. Medium in body with low level of carbonation. Warming. Very nice!