ivan9856 (187) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 12 oz. bottle filled my goblet glass with a copper red body and a handsome tan collar, but the head disappeared quickly and left little discernable lacing. The aroma is bold--sweet and malty--and features the advertised dark cherry and Christmas spice. There’s a good deal of alcohol in the nose as well. This ale starts out quite sweet, but I found the medium-body a bit surprising for a seasonal offering of this type. The Pilsner and Munich malts definitely lighten the character of this beer. Strong cherry flavors form the backbone of the mid-palate flavor profile, but an unmistakable clove and cinnamon spiciness rounds things out in the lead up to the long dry finish. The 11 percent ABV lends a lingering alcohol character. A nice Christmas beer.
gmb5127 (230) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 22, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What you would expect, the aroma is dominated by cherries and the taste is cherry with a little honey. Pretty solid especially considering the abv.
njager246 (317) - grand rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma of Cherry and dark fruits, taste has bananas and cherries, a little much on the banana side for my liking, but still pretty good.
williamstome (756) - Somerville, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber orange pour. Aroma of prunes, apricot, caramel and cherry. Flavor is cherry, prune, alcohol and malt. It’s sweet, folks. Bright mouthfeel with slightly tart finish.
zvikar (2837) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 16, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at Dancing Camel. Thanks Yoav. Pours orange to red with a small head, aroma of honey, toffee, caramel, vanilla, flavor of cherries, honey, spices and lively carbonation, medium bodied
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a reddish chestnut color with amazing clarity for the style. The head is a two finger cream shade. Retention is *very* good for an 11%’er, but it’s thin, soapy texture means it leaves no lacing on the glass. What it does leave behind are alcohol legs, and lots of them. I’m disappointed that there aren’t any dregs from the bottom of the bottle, though. Still, despite those reservations, it looks superb in a glass.
S: It’s spicy at first, with a sweetness that is reminiscent of gingerbread. After opening up, cherries start appearing on the nose. The sweet qualities help cover up the alcohol. Mostly very impressive in general, but the slight touches of medicine I pick up occasionally keep it from being a 4.
T: Immediately, I notice its sweetness on the palate. Cherry sweetness appears first before giving way to a spicy middle. Strong honey notes finish it off. There isn’t a significant booze presence; and even still, what can be tasted is properly defined and spicy, if just a tad harsh. Only two complaints here: complexity is low, and the sweetness can get overwhelming after about 2/3rds of the bottle is consumed.
M: While it’s body is somewhat thin for the style, its creamy feel makes up for it. It’s also very well carbonated and dry finishing as the style dictates. Alcohol can’t really be tasted on the palate, but it can be felt tingling the tongue and warming the orifices...and wow, does it ever warm the orifices. Despite that, it’s shockingly drinkable - only the high level of sweetness is preventing me from gulping this down.
O: As a BSDA, it’s really good but not quite my favorite of the style. As a general sweet-and-boozy monster, though, it’s excellent. About the only thing I can complain about is how sweet it is - and this problem can be solved simply by getting the 6-packs or a 12 oz single instead of a bomber.
ads135 (2579) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - FEB 8, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sweet and spicy. Dark brown appearance with a thickish mouthfeel. Some rich caramel aftertaste.
DandyWolfFloyd (623) - Jim Thorpe, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 3, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pen & Paper Log (Jan 2011)
Aroma - is typical of the Christmas holiday brews. Aroma of alcohol, coriander, cinnamon, cherry, nutmeg, and dark fruit.
Apperance - is reddish amber color, with an off-white head. A thin white head that quickly dissipates.
Taste - the aroma and taste go hand and hand - sugary alcohol, with Christmas spices, some dark fruit and honey
Palate - body is light to medium, texture is sticky, the carbonation is lively in the mouth, and the finish full of rich and spicy alcohol.
This is big in my local area, and I’m not as jazzed about it as much as others. It’s ok, not my favorite.
mikeq215 (47) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours ruby with little to no head. Aromas of cherries, with a really sweet taste of cherry and honey. Mouthfeel is real sticky, sort of like cherry syrup. Love this beer, a holiday favorite!
stevoj (1707) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a sipper for sure. Medium brown with parse head. Malt and bourbon barrel, alcohol on the nose. Heavy dark malt wih some alcohol burn, slightly tngly palate. Winter warmer all the way.
reberiii (263) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear red pour from bottle. Winter seasonal with the sweet honey, thick malt backbone. Hint of cherry, spicy twang of a finish. You do get more cherry as it warms, but it also gets sweeter, too. Extra points for hiding the alcohol...it warms without burning the mouth.