TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with bubbly beige froth. Nose is raisin, toffee, cinnamon, candied orange peel and nutmeg; fruitcake. Kind of thick, feeling heavy, overwhelming a lively buzz. Taste is dates, gingerbread, raisin and bitter spice getting muddy. Needs some mellowing.
keepersj12 (3051) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A dark strong ale with just a hint of the Christmas style spices to add a nice aroma and to enhance the flavor. Made to be drunk by a fire next to the tree on a cold Christmas Eve.
Dogbrick (11098) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Bruery Provisions. This brew pours a dark brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cinnamon, figs and malt. Full-bodied with a sweetly spiced character including cinnamon and allspice. Sweet malty notes and yeast as well. The finish is malty with a molasses and yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.
bhensonb (13742) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Good beer store. Pours garnet tinged very dark brown with a creamy bubbly tan head. All the usual xmas spice suspects have been rounded up - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove - over a pretty dark roasted malt. Full bodied. Thereís a lot of those suspects in this, and the malt is so very dark and overly roasty. The malt seems to be astringent! Iím even going to add ginger to that list of suspects. Why now? Letís just say Iím a bit slow sometimes. Now itís starting to taste like gingerbread. Wonderful stuff.
craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Churchkey. Deep mahogany pour with a small head. Nose holds cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit (plum, fig, black forest, cherry) along with gingerbread and black licorice/aniseed. Flavor is drier with some pumpkin notes and increased spice. Hides the alcohol brilliantly on the mouthfeel. Nice effort from the Bruery!
burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of winter spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and has a dark malty aroma. Taste is lightly sweet with notes of mollases, nice roasty and dark malts in the middle, with a hint of Belgian yeast. Finish is very long with a lingering spiciness. Palate was very full bodied... Definitely a slow sipper. Not easy to kill a bottle by your lonesome so split it with friends and family. Delicious brew cheers!
Travlr (20345) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Very dark maroon brown, brown edge head. Aroma of vanilla, sesame seeds, dark coffee, cocoa. Taste is thick dark silky coffee with light spice and subtle burnt cocoa. Gorgeous mouthfeel.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml poured into my Bruery tulip. Dark brown with red hues. Head is light brown and disappears quickly. No lacing at all. Aromas of raisin, clove, ginger, nutmeg , rye malts , vanilla, molasses and coffee notes. This beer is very complex in flavor. Layers of pepper, rye and a hot alcohol finish. Carbonation is lively and a heavy mouth feel is a nice foundation for this beer. Overall a nice beer. With some age it will be very nice.
italianjohn (2812) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red/brown pour thin beige/tan head ... aroma of nutmeg, clove, earthy with some dark overripe fruits and some candi syrup .... lots of nutmeg in that aroma .... taste is of nutmeg, ginger, dark fruity yeast, caramel malts, candi syrup, clovey and earthy .... finish is dry and spicy .... abv is hidden till a warming that flows in the finish as well .... havenít really been a fan of this series
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 On tap at blokes and birds... Pours a deep silky practically cola black pour with some light allowed to pass through at its edges. A thin wispy film of light beige head dissipates leaving a ring around the side... Anise big on the nose with lighter notes of ginger. Sweet and overly spiced
up it seems... Flavors have a dark fruit, toffee, and well accented with spice. A light bitter earthiness surfaces late adding a touch of dryness. Softer bodied with slighty active carbonation. Not as fond of this years rendition when compared to previous.