sfontain (851) - 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.
trapped (2143) - New York, TURKEY - JAN 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draught @ Albion. Dark amber with decent sized creamy beige head, faint caramel aroma, medium carbonation, spicy caramel taste with ginger and cinnamon flavors, thin body, long spicy finish. Not bad but reminded me of licorice, which I don’t like.
shigadeyo (3633) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber-brown color and mostly opaque with a scant beige crown; subtle clove and ginger spice with a nice caramel cake maltiness and honey sweetness; medium body, calm mouthfeel; deceptive alcohol (that will quickly catch yo with you) and easy to drink; one of Thirsty Dog’s best beers and one of my seasonal favorites as it brings back lots of happy memories!
bvbunited (67) - Ohio, USA - JAN 17, 2016
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
No Christmas cheer with this beer. It is too bitter for a Christmas ale and the attempt of spices was poor. Overall you can do a lot better in a Christmas ale than this one
Gription79 (2806) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - JAN 1, 2016
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle. There is a ton of ginger in this. Malty, bread, cracker. Ginger is overwhelming.
monk191 (1736) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 27, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a great holiday beer. Pours a nice clear Amber color with little head. Smells of malts, cinnamon and caramel. Taste is mostly just malty with a bit of cinnamon. One note. Had in the bottle.
Jow (3382) - New York, USA - DEC 25, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brought sixer to a holiday family event. Nose caramel and Christmas spice nose. Tastes of malt, nutmeg, caramel, pepper, pine, Christmas in general. Overall pleasant.
Panzuriel (1922) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Bar Louie Polaris, Columbus, OH. Thirsty Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas Ale is a darker copper clear brew with a fine head of tiny white bubbles. Nose is strong of honey, cloves, ginger and other yule spices. Taste is initially a little sweet malt, but is strong with spice almost past what I would consider enjoyable. the body is medium and a little lively. Overall a stronger spiced winter warmer . A bit much for me, but I like my spiced beers a little more subtle.
bubblehouse (1303) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 10, 2015
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Drinkable but a little to spicy for me. I’m aware that is what they were going for but it misses the mark. Drinkable in a pinch.
Turboninja (478) - Tampere, FINLAND - DEC 5, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle@home, from Constantino’s, Cleveland, USA. Medium/light slightly sweet aroma with berries like cranberry. Dark bronze color with minimal head. Medium taste with berries and Christmas notes like cinnamon. Some honey. Somewhat unbalanced. Medium/narrow taste spectrum and shot aftertaste with some berries. Medium/light body with medium carbonation. Overall, nice, basic product.
Aurelius (5032) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sweet, dread allspice aroma. Clear, tea-colored. Fun label. Standard longneck. Oatmeal head. Sweet, spicy, buttery. Goes a little flat, body is lighter than I expected. Toffee finish with allspice/nutmeg. Not bad by style, just not my cuppa beer. Marinade material. ABC Liquors, Betton.