wlajwl (7212) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 26, 2013
Aroma is mint, light pine and fruit. The flavor is caramel, complex fruit, spices, a small hint of vegetables and a tart and dry finish. AmEricanbrew (7080) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - APR 9, 2008
Brilliant garnet color with a frothy head. Interesting aroma of perfumy hops and dry malts. medium body. A good taste is big on earthy, dusty malts with a touch of sweetness. Good stuff. Enjoyed this one on Nov-9-2007. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2006
12 oz bottle, via acertain. Dark copper pour with a minimal fleeting white head, almost clear. Malty nose, slightly sweet with a cinnamon spice complement and light alcohol. Sweet malt up front with a slightly hoppy and spicy finish. Notes of cinnamon and yeast with light alcohol. Medium bodied with moderate carbonation yields a slightly sticky and cloying mouthfeel. I don’t especially care for the spice profile of this Christmas seasonal, there just doesn’t seem to be any complexity or depth to the flavor. luttonm (6979) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 20, 2013
12oz bottle in Seattle. Hazed amber red pour with foamy head. Somewhat spiced malt aroma with grain and spice body. Banana bread. Middle range ’winter’ ale, on the lighter side with some soapy hops and alc. Not great but perfectly drinkable. 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2004
Bottle pours dark cherry, light brown hues, medium sized of-white foamy head, fairly nice lacing, with light carbonation.   Aroma of evergreen trees and slightly burnt spices.   Malty up front, slight sweetness in the background, with a biscuity punch.   Body and mouthfeel are fairly tame.   Finishes rather quick, bland, with only notes of unsweetened cherries and biscuity malts.   Boring...
egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 5, 2004
Poured a dark copper, purplish color with a small off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pine, citrus and grassy hoppiness, and some light vanilla as well. Taste of sweet and roasted malts, lots of fruits, and a light bitterness from the hops. Beerman6686 (6611) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2010
This poured a darker amber to reddish color with a white head. Aroma was of light spices, caramel and some toffee. Flavor actually hinted at some belgian character, lots of sweetness and light spicess. OK blutt59 (6609) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 19, 2012
Bottle, dark red amber, thin foam ring with aroma of fruity malts, flavor of prune and fruit with caramel finish BBB63 (6567) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - SEP 18, 2005
Bottled and enjoyed in my Ratebeer tulip:nuplastikk (6514) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 2, 2013
Poured a rich ruddy brown hue with a mostly fading frothy head and did leave behind some lacing, some small floaties. The aroma has notes of caramel and chocolate malting, boyenberry and pear, floral hops, and aromatic pipe tobacco. The taste was a bit surprising but in a good way with the initial sweet and mocha flavor followed by a hit of acidic fruit and piney bitter. I expected it to be more traditional after the nose. A hint of sweet spice and earthiness appears on the finish. The feel is smooth yet not boring, could still be a bit heavier considering what it suppose to be. All in all, I was digging this beer more than I would have thought. It is not really a holiday offering or an English Strong for that matter, but solid and quaffable.
12oz bottle. Murky amber-brown body. Foamy off-white head. Toffee, amber malt tones, some Christmas fruitcake/wassail action. It’s not really a great beer by any mean, but it manages to approximate the style well enough. Rich and malty, a spiced ESB.