badwhale (369) - Bitterville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle to a glass mug. Pours an amber color. Obviously, on the nose there are notes of cinnamon, and cloves, or whatever was used during brewing. I canít say I really detected the honey, but it was a decent Christmas brew. Iíll save it for my mom and sister.
sturmthis (478) - Ohio, USA - JUL 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft. Cooper color with little off white head. Cinnamon and nut meg aroma. The taste is similar and ends slightly bitter. Lovely beer.
puboflyons (2152) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Received in trade from a non-RB member. The pour is a standard looking amber tone with a standard looking off-white head. But then the aroma really jumps out at me with is ginger and Rosemary characteristics. Toasted malts too. The body is medium. The taste has the same herbal quality as the aroma with a decent malt note and a thin finish. But I enjoyed it altogether.
TheBear11D (247) - Michigan, USA - MAY 22, 2014
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
The 12 Dogs of Christmas pours a fairly clear rusty amber with a small beige head that doesnít last long. the aroma is overflowing with various spices. I can pick up cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger to go with caramel and bread. The flavor is caramel initially with ginger and nutmeg also present and cinnamon shines in the end. Overall this is a decent brew.
rumproasts (2878) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 7, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle. Brown with small head. Sweet with lots of holiday spicing -- perhaps a bit too much. A little syrupy and overdone.
patrick767 (3573) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - APR 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle - This dark brew has a lingering off-white head and an aroma of caramel and dark fruit. It tastes of sweet caramel malt and spices with a roasted finish and a little chocolate. Itís full bodied and pretty good.
brummbar (3) - Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2014 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: lovely spice, cinamon and ginger
Appearance:drank it from a lovely bottle
Taste: heaven, my favorite xmas ale, i love the use of ginger to bring it all together perfectly
Palate:washes over the tongue in waves of soice goodness
Overall: where have you been all my life 12 dogs of xmas. Glad i have a few bottles left to get me through this winter
Beerwarlock (13) - Trafford, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours amber brown. Nose is all honey and obviously some winter spice. Taste is lots of honey with a large dose of ginger. Mouth is medium. Overall an excellent winter ale. 8.3abv yet very drinkable. Definitely one of my faves. Sorry Great Lakes!!!! I still love your beers!
YodaHop (1) - Herndon, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2014 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite Xmas ales because of the copious, but nicely balanced use of ginger. My sister brought me a six pack for xmas and I was pleasantly surprised.
Very drinkable, you dont realize your drinking an 8.3 percent beer.
I need a road trip to Akron to try on tap.
jcos (1541) - Maryland, USA - JAN 14, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Greg on January 11th, 2013. Malty, kinda sweet, a bit too many spices that made it a bit sweet.
violetness (2) - - JAN 10, 2014 does not count
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Love this Christmas ale. Itís a mild beer with a pressing spice flavor on the finish. Gong down its smooth and light, perfect for the holiday get togethers and for doing by the fire.