DasBierChef (1080) - Hudson, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a surprisingly dark Ruby red. Nice dark head. Aroma is rich and sweet. Full of banana, some clove, dark fruit. Taste is also sweet, very very nice.
mrhoppy (1181) - Santa Clara, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dammit!!! Dammit!!! Dammit!!! You know when your perusing the beer zone and trying to decide which really expensive beer you want to try? You say should I pick this one or that one? Well needless to say I picked this one because I loved autumn maple and siason rue, great fall beers. This one is not despite the ratings. In my unqualified opinion. Annoying burnt oak aroma and flavor. Bing cherry, black olive and soy sauce. Fresh cut twigs. Something not right here. Too harsh.
blipp (5475) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours cola brown with a tan head. Light roasted/toasted aroma with some candy sugar, belgian yeast, and spices. The flavor is relatively well balanced, with light toasted malts, belgian yeast, ginger, dark fruit, and toffee. Better than I expected.
Ratman197 (8484) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish brown with a small lingering tan head. Aromas of maple, carmel, toffee, fruittiness, spice and light earthines. Palate was light to medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of toffee, earthiness, spice and fruittiness with a smooth lingering fruity spiced finish.
evanlarkin (303) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Darkness goblet. A black body, mostly opaque with some interesting brown tinges when held up to the light. A light tan head which dissipates quickly. In the aroma, chocolate, nuts, dough, banana, and vanilla are all present. Tastes fairly sweet with a lot of the banana flavor coming through, with a slight saltiness which balances everything very well. It doesn’t feel sticky, but is very full-bodied. Overall, very soft on the tongue, and a pleasant beer for the season.
parrotheadkrm (12) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great Christmas beer. Dark, almost black, thin lace of head. Spicy beer in both aroma and taste, gingerbread and Christmas spice abound! Great warming mouthfeel!
kegbear (437) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with tan head. Gingerbread spice dominates the bread and malt flavors. Caramel and dark fruits also present. Quite nice.
beerbastard (607) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As a strong Bel ale its good, but as a Christmas ale its great. This is loaded with spices, so many I couldn’t begin name them, but they are well balanced. Very roasty and a feast of flavors.
dcschiller (2154) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle from Total Wine Tempe). Pours near black with a trim espresso head. Aroma has gingerbread, anise, nutmeg, but also something fruity like dried figs or dates. Taste is sweet with some heavy roast. Full bodied with an sticky texture. Roasty, dry finish. I like the initial flavors, which are pretty heavy on anise, but it fades quickly to roast. The roastyiness is my least favorite part of this beer. Maybe some time will allow it to come together a little better.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours dark brown with short lived bubbly brown head. Aroma is gingerbread, yeast, other spices; but is otherwise very sweet. The flavor loses a lot of the gingerbread but it is still there; dark fruits, anise, maybe some chocolate. Medium-to-thin bodied with slight carbonation. A great Christmas beer.