mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - APR 5, 2013
Very nice and flavorable Christmas ale. A good mix of holiday spices, cinnamon being the most prominent. Rich color deserving of the resulting taste. A bit of pepper on the backend finish. Would only like to see (taste) a bit more malty backbone. That’s a nitpick tho -- overall this is pretty solid. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone TimE (5793) - Tokyo, JAPAN - MAR 17, 2007
Dark amber color. Sea salt candy, chocolate, nutmeg nose. Sweet malty mouth with notes of sea salt, milk chocolate, cherries, liquorice and oranges. Malty rich finish with milk chocolate and sea salt. Very unique. While other christmas beers from Baird reminded me of OSA, this was completely different and much enjoyed. Capa (3257) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 5, 2009 Bottled; 2007 version. Caramel orange in color with a firm, off-white head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Caramel apples, fruits, chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, and milky. The body on this one is near perfect for the flavor. Sweet malts, caramel, cinnamon, and some milk chocolate. Finish is a little salty, with nutmeg and light citrus tones. Excellent. (The 2008 version loses some points. Much less exciting with less pronounced spicing. Still good, but in the 3.6 range. Rating is still for the 2007 version) beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - JAN 27, 2010
Sampled on 1/2/2010. This spiced beer pours a medium brown color from a 22oz bottle. Medium sized white foamy head. The aroma is figs, malt, dark fruit, and cinnamon. A medium bodied spiced ale. The malts are dark fruit, figs, banana and bread. The hops are earthy and a touch floral. Lively carbonation. Interesting blend of fruit and spices, a nice balance of sweet and spice. A nice winter ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet. mkel07 (5848) - Brisbane, AUSTRALIA - JUL 4, 2012
633ml bottle. Pours a strong amber almost copper colour with a good cap of tan foam. Lots of biscuity caramel malt through the aroma and this translates into the flavour. Smoothing the mouth with good texture and body.
chinchill (4941) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 20, 2016
360 ml bottle in FL.
Pours with a murky, copper body topped by a good bone-colored head.
Excellent mother with ample natural carbonation.
Drinks like a fine Belgian ale in that it’s highly complex and well balanced (assuming you like figs), Faint cinnamon works well. Nearly too much dried dark fruit flavor, even for me.
Overall: recommended! Sip slowly and contemplatively. paiste2002 (186) - Saugus, California, USA - SEP 27, 2009
22oz bottle pours a hazy copper color with a nice white head that left some very nice lace behind. Aroma is huge fig, malt and spice. Flavor is malt up front, fig, raisin, honey and some vanilla. finish is spicy, figs and biscuit.
Kind of reminds me of a fig newton. Nice beer, I look forward to trying more from this brewery. Sigmund (7394) - Tau, NORWAY - FEB 15, 2010
330 ml bottle, vintage 2007, courtesy of Cardinal Pub & Bar, Stavanger. ABV is 6.5%. Hazy brownish orange colour, big and lasting off-white head with a pale orange hue. Fairly strong sweetish aroma with notes of candied fruits (figs, actually), caramel and malts, hints of cinnamon. The flavour has notes of cinnamon and other mild spices, figs, caramel and malts, great sweetness nicely balanced by decent hops in the finish. Some alcoholic warmth, but not dominant. Some wood in the aftertaste. An interesting beer, pleasant to drink. SudsMcDuff (8389) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - MAR 29, 2015
very good now! .. . figs, prune, stewed fig .. . mild booze burn .. . plum brown .. medium foam .. . quite an intriguing beer, solid .. . . TV sets are getting smaller and smaller, and bigger and bigger. Soon the medium-sized set will be a thing of the past. jimhilt (2610) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 10, 2015
Pours a one finger white head that vanishes leaving no lace. Cloudy amber color, some yeast left in bottle. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Malt and faint fig nose and taste is sweet fig and cinnamon. Not cheap at $6.45 for a 12oz bottle from Colonial Spirits Acton, Ma.