sfontain (850) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Deep brown-garnet pour with a half-finger, creamy off-white head. The aroma bottled Christmas: Nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel, honey, but not overly thick or sweet. Flavor has more cinnamon and nutmeg, toffee. Medium body, somewhat frothy granular carbonation; medium-heavy sticky. Beat the pants off Great Lakes Christmas and also more appropriate for the holidays.
jsporrer (216) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 14, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from a bottle. Clear dark caramel brown color with a thin tan ring. Nice aroma of fall spices that isn’t too strong but noticeable. Body is very thin almost to the point of being watered down. Taste is very smooth with caramel, toffee, cinnamon and semi-sweet. No harshness or alcohol burn. Flavors are not very prominent but more on the subtle side. I expected it to be a little more bold but overall it isn’t bad. Just a bit weak for a winter warmer.
Evolutionary (419) - Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2015
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at mellow new Albany. Pour is copper with tan lingering head. Nose is floral and sweet. Very smooth and bit of tart hidden there. Dark fruit esters are ok. Wouldn't run to again.
ryecatcher (1108) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Jump start on the Yuletide season a few weeks early... this has been sitting here looking at me since I returned from my most recent trip to the 216 to see my girl... couldn’t wait any longer to try it. Deep coppery amber pour, substantial creamy white head with outstanding retention and lace. Nose is pie spice, toasty malts, caramel. Mouth is medium bodied and mildly sweet, dried fruit, caramel, spices, toasted bread. Dropping points for being a bit watery and a slightly medicinal finish. Christmas Ale is still the reigning king of the I-271 corridor. But this is better than many ’holiday’ beers I’ve had.
Fritz123 (1473) - Boca Raton, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a deep brown with a light tan head in a snifter. Aroma is big spices with cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, toffe, and dark sweet bread dough. Taste is up front chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, anise, and bread dough. Spiced finish. Medium body, mild carb. Certainly a holiday beer. Want to try the BA version.
mambossa (174) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Christmas in July release, pour from bottle to tulip. Deep maroon/ruby with lasting head. Aroma of holiday spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet malt. Flavor is decently spiced with soothing malt presence. Medium, very borderline light body. Good, but I would like to see how the Great Lakes Xmas matches up this year.
BVery (8685) - Plymouth, Minnesota, USA - FEB 17, 2015
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Reddish amber pour with a minor head. Lots and lots of holiday spices in the aroma and taste. Slightly better aroma than taste. Good.
Slipstream (2279) - USA - FEB 12, 2015
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A dark amber pour and a fun label. I tasted clove, cinnamon, and a little yeast in the finish. It was a tad thin on the palate and the aroma was a little bland. Pretty good.
mansquito (4469) - Nueva York, New York, USA - JAN 10, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Arts and Crafts Beer Parlor, NYC tap: Pours amber with an off-white head. Aroma is caramel, dark fruit, and loads of spices. Taste is sweet and malty with a lot of spicy notes. It is not all that interesting. I wasn’t a huge fan.
chucklemation (924) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - JAN 5, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark ruby with a light white head. Aroma is honey and several spices, with nutmeg as the standout. Flavor is similar, though the spices come out more fully than the honey. Sweet, though not too sweet. Body’s a touch thin. Quite good.
RRistow12 (503) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tasted from draft. Pours a nice ruby color with white head. Aroma is very spicy. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Taste similar to the nose. Nice spice flavor with some honey and caramel sweetness. Moderate to heavy sweetness with minimal bitterness. Overall one of the better spiced Xmas ales.
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