Marc (486) - Yokosuka, - APR 15, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Upfront assault by noble hops from go. There is some staw and bread in there as well but fresh nutty, herbal hops rule the day. Lovely clear copper with a substantial fluffy white hat. Firm mouthfeel with, surprise, more hops. In the back there is a nice caramel, white bread, and some other stuff blah blah something about hops.
sjohnny (393) - - NOV 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Being a fan of the Krampus I couldn't pass this up when I saw it at the store. Grapefruit and pine aroma. Cloudy light orange amber with a thin white head which fades relatively quickly leaving a good coating on the glass. Medium bodied. Initially soft mouthfeel with a crispness. Velvety warm ester finish. Lots of citrus. Some resin. Well balanced with sweet maltiness. If this is what visits naughty children at Christmas, put me on the naughty list.
outlawskies (430) - - OCT 12, 2014
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Julie called a pale ale. She gave a 2.5.
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generallee08 (717) - New York, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The body had a good dark golden amber color with very good clarity. It also had some slow moving, small carbonation bubbles that make there way up the glass to the lovely creamy colored head. The head was of average size, had very good retention and made lots of cool lacing on the glass. Its aroma had an assertive heavy and sweet character along with a strong hit of floral hops and just a touch of lemony citrus as well. The flavor like its aroma is big, bold and full bodied. Big floral and slightly citrusy hops mix with an equally big malty body that shows its 9% alcohol. The finish is slow with hop bitterness hanging on to the tongue. Its texture is slick, smooth, a bit thick, well rounded and slow sipping.
Darkmagus82 (1786) - - JUN 20, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review from 6-25-12 -
Poured from bomber into snifter
Appearance – Poured a lightly hazy orange/amber color with a one finger white head. The head fades rather quickly to leave a fair amount of lacing.
Smell – The aroma is largely of citrus as well as a nice floral/herbal aroma. Mixed with this is a light funky aroma as well as some hints of alcohol.
Taste- The taste begins bready and malty with some citrus and yeast flavors. The citrus develops more toward the middle with it being largely of a more bitter grapefruit At the end an alcohol taste as well as a strong presence of some earthy and grassy flavors come to the tongue leaving a rather interesting slightly off flavor on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The beer had a nice creamy body with a low level of carbonation. Good for the malty and floral hop flavors.
Overall – It was a tasty brew, but nothing that was really worth going out of the way for.
stevoj (2292) - Boise, Idaho, USA - MAY 31, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best of this style (that I’ve tried). Dark golden body with adequate but thin head. Wonderful malty aroma, and robust taste. perfect all around.
thome50 (1064) - Morro Bay via Orange County, California, USA - MAY 17, 2014
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Sean, thanks as always! Pours a deep orange with very little head. Aroma is fruity caramel, slight cardboard oxidation and a faint stale hop. Taste is very sweet and has this "Christmas beer" spice thing going on that might just be more in my head. Slight nutmeg and then a noticeable alcohol presence. Overall, maybe a little fresher would cut down on some of the negative stale hop aspects I now come to hate in any style.
86Moose (61) - - MAY 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Another fine entry by Southern Tier to be enjoyed by all beer enthusiasts. Pours a dark amber. Deep aroma of coffee, chocolate and nut. A subtle sweetness. Recommended.
Malaclemys (387) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - APR 20, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, pours amber with a thin white head. Aroma of nut, caramel, fruit, slight alcohol. Taste is caramel, pine, fruit, nut, and a bitter finish and medium body. Very caramelly.
Nero55 (765) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Copper with thin beige head. Aroma of malt, fruit (pear and citrus), and some sweetness. Medium body with nice carbonation, caramel malt notes, medium sweetness, and a pronounce bitter hop finish.
Scipio (714) - Palatine, Illinois, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I’m a little overdue with drinking this one. Pours a clear amber with a medium white head. The aroma has a good amount of caramel and pine, with undertones of lighter spices and ginger. The taste is a bit sweet with some mild bitterness, with pine flavors standing out the most. Some citrus elements of lemon and grapefruit are noticed, with caramel remaining quite potent. Mild cinnamon as well. Aftertaste is a short and piney. Medium in body, with a thick texture, with softer carbonation. This one isn’t bad. I can’t really find many holiday or wintery impressions in here though.