N0AH (32) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Are we too obsessed with style? The label "Christmas Ale" on the bottle and the style designation "Scotch Ale" by Ratebeer has led many reviewers to produce baffling reviews. Should we critique Three Floyds Dark Lord for not having enough orange peel, cinammon, ginger, and nutmeg? Or downgrade one of Cantillonís lambics because there is no peat, no smokiness, and not enough sweetness? ...
What does Bellsbeer.com say? "The basic inspiration for Bellís Christmas Ale was to create a sessionable holiday beer, using locally grown malt, which would stand apart from the array of spiced winter warmers that are typically introduced this time of year. In contrast to many other seasonals, Christmas Ale doesnít contain any spices" ... Thatís dead-nuts to what I taste - a malt driven session beer.
Blairgus (4341) - California, USA - JAN 11, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11 Jan 2017, bottle. dark amber, clear, no bubbles. nose is malty, toffee, some grassy hops. med body and mildly fizzy. sweet, lightly toasty, some cherries, tea leaves, mild grassy hops. nice enough.
GenDV138 (6433) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JAN 10, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
4 oz pour on draft at Spacebar. Clear golden orange with off-white head. Aromas of spice, caramel, malt. Tastes of spice, floral, malt, light caramel. Medium body with a dry finish.
Fujimo2000 (131) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - JAN 2, 2017
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours golden with slight reddish tinge. Lasting carbonation. Aroma is hibiscus and taste is mild.
VAYankee (353) - Virginia, USA - DEC 30, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark copper color with a small tan head. Malty aroma - including a little bit of bread and also earthiness. Malty flavor, not too sweet, with the bread coming through. Palate is medium bodied, average carbonation and slightly oily.
benpickens (491) - Camarillo, California, USA - DEC 26, 2016
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours Amber with compact white head that holds well. Aroma of biscuits dipped in honey. Sweet finish.
olenickj (86) - Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2016
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Smells sweet, a little spice. Golden red, not much head. Taste: Very mild. Palate: Moderate body, decent finish. Overall: Is ok, drinkable but not fantastic
ehaak26 (252) - - DEC 19, 2016
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Aroma was candy and malt. One person said they noticed grape. Way too carbonated.
unclemike (2982) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - DEC 16, 2016
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper-brown with a small head that persists. Aroma of spiced candy apple. Flavor is the same, with some wood and toasted nut shell on the finish. Maybe some faint smoky caramel, but then again maybe I only wished it were there. Almost-medium body is a little too fizzy and finishes dryish
Cimbasso (840) - - DEC 15, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sampled on draught at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago. A deep copper colour with a thin head that does not last. The taste is of brown bread and toffee and is quite sweet. Some fragrant notes and little bitterness. A pleasant and well-made dunkel beer.
willisread (2937) - Owensboro, Kentucky, USA - DEC 4, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from West Side. Pours a clear, deep copper color. Big toasted bread malt nose. Light body. Dry on the palate with some light grassy hops. Light bitter finish. Very Oktoberfest like. Simple and drinkable.