KajII (799) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear ruby red with a small (less than 1 finger) white fizzy head that dissipated rapidly, down to a small collar with a wisp of residue left floating on top and poor runny lacing.
The aroma was upfront with a nice cherry scent along with a light bread malt and a sweet yeast and had notes of honey, cinnamon, a bit of spice and a little more than mild alcohol tinge.
The taste was fruity sweet and a very lightly malty with a touch of cherry and honey throughout, with the finish becoming rather yeasty with a hint of cinnamon and a slight spicy alcohol ending. The flavor lasted a decently long time following the swallow, having a nice yeasty and fruity cherry taste along with a mild alcohol warming sensation left behind.
Mouthfeel was a few shades above light in body and dry in texture with an almost prickly carbonation.
Overall I found this brew to be exceptionally tasty with a good fruity flavor that was blended very well with the yeast and spices, allowing for a very good concealing of the exceptionally high ABV thus creating a superb drinkability. I do believe this is the best Winter Seasonal I have tasted to date, and I want more…
sinfull (996) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAY 5, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark , ruby color with small, off-white head. Aroma of spices , dark fruits , honey and alcohol. Sweet , caramel taste with spices and notable presence of alcohol. Good ,Christmas beer.
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 18, 2015
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from forever ago. Reddish brown colored pour; sweet, hoppy smell and taste. Alcohol is really strong. Not really my cup of tea - too much here for me to really enjoy. Definitely a winter warmer, haha.
BierMeHoos (276) - Maryland, USA - MAR 15, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Gift from Maxbier. 12oz bottle. Appearance is a reddish hue with good clarity. The aroma is cherry, citrus, dark fruit, and boozy. The taste is similar with an added amount of spice and hops. The palate is a little thin. Overall pretty good beer I'm definitely looking forward to the next holiday season!
hackobock (2037) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 16, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
January 24, 2015. Bottle, 2012-2013 version. Shared by tderoeck, thanks Tim!
Clear ruby red with medium sized white head. Aroma is cherry candy, some dried fruits, honey and some christmas spices. Taste is medium sweet, fruity and spicy. Finish is light bitter, light metallic. Medium bodied, average carbonation.
jlioi (24) - - FEB 11, 2015
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is Christmas in your mouth. It has lots of spice, a nice kick of alcohol, and it's got a nice smell. It's a fun holiday beer, definitely one of the best Christmas ones.
ej1oo1 (25) - New York, USA - FEB 11, 2015
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sweet and tasty. I probably couldn’t drink a ton but definitely a good taste. Good time.
tderoeck (5757) - Gent, BELGIUM - FEB 6, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
24/I/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle @ home - BB: n/a, winter season 2012-2013 (2015-106) Thanks to Nate for the bottle!
Clear ruby red beer, aery big off-white to beige irregular head, unstable, non adhesive. Aroma: sweet, dried fruits, candied fruits, Christmas fruitcake, raisins. MF: soft carbon, medium body. Taste: sweet start, sugary, fruity, quite some yeast, slightly sour, bit of chocolate. Aftertaste: soft subtle chocolaty notes, candied fruits, bubble gum, sugary, bit alcohol, some honey, soft bitterness.
kraddel (4464) - some beerplace, BELGIUM - FEB 2, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
@ Birdsall house . Pours clear , very dark amber . Small white head . Smell is sweet , unintense . Taste is bitter , herbal , sweet amber malts . Sharp , bit metallic . Very boozy for its ABV and a bit of a letdown after hearing raves over this ...
JefVerstraete (1932) - Ghent, BELGIUM - JAN 28, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from tderoeck. Many thanks! Red/amber colour, white foam. Soft carbonation. Syrupy, honey, sweet cherries, caramel. Malty body. Very sweet and sticky. Not the best.
Hunter_Wilde (1) - - JAN 27, 2015 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice color, very sweet and kind of alcohol forward, but it all works somehow.