Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 7, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a red/gold with minimal foam. Smells hoppier han it tastes. Tastes lightly sweet with light hops and a strange bitter flavor I can’t define.
TheRealMGD (551) - Lakewood, Washington, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap @ Ale House. Clear amber pour with a persistent, short white head leaving reasonably heavy lace. Fresh hop nose with a hint of holiday spice sweetness. Smooth, great balance, medium body and ’just right’ flavors typical of a Widmer ale. Licorice, nutmeg, raisin, clove, caramel and cotton candy are all present but not a one is dominant. Hops are resinous with a hint of citrus zest and definitely present, as opposed to most holiday/winter ales which let the hops recede into the background. A superb holiday amber.
AmEricanbrew (6377) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Crystal clear copper color/ rich beige head. Grassy, cat spray, caramel aromas. medium bodied. Toasted caramel, spicy sweet, dark fruit flavors, bitter chemical/ medicinal finish.
onceblind (5725) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 31, 2010
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beautifully poured with a deep grapefruity hue; dark orange, some ruby, very beautiful. Thin ivory head with minimal lacing. Aroma is heavy with DIPA: grapefruit, orange zest, some pine needles all on the nose. Taste is very hoppy, more so than I was expecting. Yet not in an unpleasant way. Pale malt backs up the hoppy onslaught in this medium-full bodied brew. All the pleasantness of orange hop and grapefruit hop come alive in this semi sweet, medium bitterness drink. Hopheads would love this, and den though I’m not one, I do still like this drink very much. Like a very hopped pale ale, yet I like it.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - DEC 24, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle. Clear amber with a foamy light tan head. Aroma of light caramel malt with some light citrus and pine. The flavor is a great blend of bitter hops and lightly sweet caramel malt with no alcohol taste. Medium body with average carbonation and a clean finish. Great beer from Widmer, more hops than I remember but that is a good thing.
vikingguy (933) - Chaska, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours amber-red w/ big foamy white head. Fragrant west-coast hops aroma; grapefruit and pine. Taste is dominated up front with bitter hops but fades to some sweet malt in the middle and ends with a solid hops bite. Notes of grapefruit, subtle caramel and brown sugar and some soapiness that isn’t so pleasing. Nice texture...fairly creamy and smooth. Overall, very nice.
dcschiller (2207) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 11, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(12oz bottle). Pours slightly hazy amber with a pillow-tiop off-white head. Aroma is dominated by grapefruit. Taste is bitter with a nice malty backbone. Medium bodied with oily texture. Finish is bitter. Not what I was expecting. The hops are pretty bright and make this a nice beer.
trail_and_ale (43) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - DEC 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Close to a Surly Furious but not as lively or complex. I’ll give it a thumbs up for a smoother finish over Furious, however. Enjoyed the hoppy/flowery aroma.
taphandle (1135) - Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark amber, great head. Aroma is lots of hops, reminding me of an IPA. Taste is some toasty malt, with the hops and bitterness balancing, or even taking a back seat - perhaps because of some of the sweetness involved here. The finish is again mostly of fresh hops. It’s very good - hops to malts and back to hops again.
Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2010
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle-poured, this has good amber color with a thin, foamy head and a laid-back nose. But I wonder at the most recent high ratings – perhaps my six-pack has been too long on the shelf at Spec’s. The flavor starts off nice with pleasant but not deep maltiness and caramel; but doesn’t grow in complexity. The same hoppiness continues right to the end without any candy finish; there’s not much relief from bitter. I tend to seek that heartier taste in “Christmas” ales so was disappointed with this particular lot.