onceblind (4286) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 9, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Clear dark amber with a receding white head. Aroma is kinda herbal and winter spice-y, with sublte pine and juniper mixed with ginger and allspice. The flavor is kinda malty but plenty herbal, with that juniper berry note coming back, along with some bitter orange peel, nutmeg, and earthy toffee with a dry, sorta mineral-water and dusty finish.
zoucrew102 (554) - - DEC 8, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma is . Pours a light caramel color with a thin head.
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Beaver (1309) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
16 oz can. Pours clear rub red with a smallish fizzy off white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.
The aroma is toasty, bready malts with some muted gingerbread spices.
The flavor is toasty malts with light gingerbread spices and a dry spicy bitter finish. The mouthfeel is pretty full bodied with low carbonation.
Overall, a decent Christmas beer - a bit muted though.
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I know this has abbey yeast so maybe I should have entered the beer as something belgian, oh well. I picked up a single can of this because of some chatter here on BA about it being good, thank goodness I didn’t spend the $15 for a four pack. Red color, foamy head that collapses quick. Aroma is kind of gummy with a hint of spice. Flavor is more gum, not bad but nothing that made me say wow. The belgian yeast was apparent. Overall, totally not worth the $3.75 I paid for the can.
Serving type: can
Reviewed on: 11-17-2012 03:55:30
Ernest (6257) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Head is initially small, frothy, light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (caramel), with light notes of allspice and cola.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, moderately alcoholic.
Completely devoid of character. How they got such a lack of aroma out of a beer this strong and with that many supposed adjunct ingredients, I will never know. Just smells like sugary malt, the spicy notes are faint and indistinct. Syrupy sweet in the mouth with very little to balance. It’s not really offensive, but there’s nothing enticing or enjoyable about it.
arminjewell (6293) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour out of 16 oz can, dark reddish brown with thin to no off white head, aroma brought notes of slight caramel, biscuit, bread, some spice, hints of molasses, touch of toffee, slight earth. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruit, red ripe fruit, some slight spice, earth, finishing fairly sweet. Pretty tame.
Tybalt (206) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2012
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not really understanding this beer. It's a beautiful deep red amber color - just makes you think of Christmas....but it pretty much tastes like an ordinary amber beer. Aroma is pale malt....I'm failing to get the holiday spices....until the very end - there's a slight hint of.....something. Was expecting something a little braver.
Danyel (849) - Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Amber with tan head. Not too much aroma- spicy, sweet. Tastes like cloves and nutmeg, a bit bitter, a little thin. Okay.
Ratman197 (9942) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Hops and Pie poured a clear reddish amber with a small lingering amber head. Aromas of carmel, fruittiness light juniper and a hint of spice. Palate was medium bodied and crisp. Flavors of carmel, toffee, fruittiness, light juniper and light spice with a crisp lingering toffee finish.
BeerandBlues2 (9760) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Upslope. Pours clear mahogany with a large, fizzy, bubbly light tan head, good retention and lacing. Aroma is sweet caramel and cookie malt with nutmeg and cinnamon notes. Earthy hops and fruity esters late. Flavor is malty with a fair amount of hops for a good balance. Fruity with some spices. Medium-full body, sweet, and medium carbonation.