uvajed (187) - Ravenna, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2005
Kind of boring, much less flavorful than I’d hoped. I detected a bit of ginger and caramel, but nothing jumped out at me, not even the alcohol (I didn’t realize it was 7.4%)
Looked nice at least, a lovely rich brown with a small, thick head. Glad I tried it in a mixed six and not a whole six. frankenkitty (2012) - Oak Lawn, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
Clear mahagony with a foamy, almost-cream colored head that stays as a compact 1/2" layer and laces well. Healthy citrus & floral hop aroma with sprucey spiciness, grapefruit and a touch of Windex. Flavor is well-hopped with grapefruit at the start and finish, but this beer shows great balance, centering on sweet bread/muffin malts. Mid- to full-bodied with a buttery mouthfeel. Alcohol shows late with astringence as weak whisky. While this brew isn’t fully decked out for Christmas, it’s still my favorite holiday offering thus far.
peter (445) - Normal, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2005
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For a christmas/winter ale this was simply non-festive. I expect some spice and fruit aromas and flavors for the style. As an ale its allright, nothing special, but for a holiday brew it seriously lacks some style definiting taste. balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - DEC 14, 2005
On tap @ Breckenridge Brewery. Amber colored body with a pleasant nose of carmel and sweet malt. Similar flavors as in the nose especially the carmel and a mild hop presence near the finish. Quite enjoyable. entertheiceman (242) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2005
One of those beers I hate to say that I like better out of the bottle than in a glass. The flavor and strength don’t quite add up to a strong ale but at least it doesn’t feel like they skimped on the strength of the beer in the process. Leaves you saying, "hmmm that’s a pretty good beer" with no real prominent thoughts as to the flavor.
BSmith83 (8) - Flushing, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2005 does not count
Not bad for a strong ale, doesn’t taste that much like a strong ale. The flavor seems to recede after a few sips. Ratman197 (14856) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 11, 2005
On tap@ Falling Rock poured a clear mahogany with a large lasting amber head. Aromas of toffee, raisins and roastiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of roasted malt, toffee, and dark fruit with a smooth, slightly bitter finish. restless7 (104) - Lenexa, Kansas, USA - DEC 10, 2005
Not bad but nothing spectacular. Goes down easy without much aftertaste. Fast disappearing head, golden color. RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Very drinkable holiday ale...I like the subdued spicing, not over the top with the Christmas spices like so many others. Some dried fruits and citrus components. Caramel, and toffee as well. Creamy texture with a rich, crisp, clean finish. BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Bottle: Deep amber hue with a frothy off-white head and okay lacing. The aroma has notes of piney and grassy hops, clove, coriander, pepper, caramel and crystal malt and a touch of butterscotch. Nice layer of flavors with a subdued spicy and bitter character supported by citric notes. Bready and mocha malt background prior to a finish of ginger. The feel is lively and crisp, very refreshing indeed. I like this very much, this lastest batch seems a major improvement over the Xmas ale of old.