sfontain (845) - 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.
mambossa (93) - 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 (7963) - 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 (2231) - 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 (4118) - 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 wasnít a huge fan.
chucklemation (801) - Pontiac, 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. Bodyís a touch thin. Quite good.
RRistow12 (438) - 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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Block (1706) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I got some spice in this one. Upfront spice which mellows to a malt backbone. Cinnamon stays around throughout. Finish is dry, a little bit of alcohol.
Bulk_Carrier (2717) - Final Resting Place, Vermont, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks Tracy for sending!
Two bottles, one was poured into a snifter and the other was poured into a pint glass. There wasnít any difference between the two glasses.
The appearance was a nice looking hazy amber to orange color with a one finger white foamy head that dissipated within about a minute leaving some light lacing sticking and then sliding down into the beer.
The smell had a wonderful sweet honey up front and as it warmed thereís a nice spicy ginger with a light cinnamon. Light vanilla comes in from behind to balance.
The taste took all of those previously mentioned flavors and combined them with a nice allocation of nutmeg. Light caramel comes out in the taste as well. The aftertaste was light and semi - sweet through the honey that ends up leading to a sticky sweet honey finish.
On the palate, this one sat about a light to medium on the body with a fairly decent sessionability about it. The carbonation was somewhat subdued but still was good for the most part. Thereís a nice smooth honey rolling over my tongue.
Overall, I say this was a wonderful Winter Warmer that provides a nice session and could go well with itís respected foods.
rondphoto (2894) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - DEC 25, 2014
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle @ Jungle Jimís / Eastgate OH --- Dark amber brown color, foamy off-white head, bands of lace. Taste is malt that adds spice early, with hops joining in on the swallow. A decent Spiced brew, but not memorable.
burger1124 (5) - - DEC 17, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Not a bad Christmas Ale. A little bit wanting in areas where Great Lakes really shines through. Could have used a bit more sweetness to balance out some of the more bitter notes.