bhensonb (15965) - Woodland, California, USA - MAY 8, 2013
Bottle shared by Irishboy. Pours darkly ruddy with little or no head. Aroma is spicy - but perhaps more towards pumpkin pie than Xmas. Med + body. Flavor is so pie spice. It works, but it’s a rather different Xmas ale. Judged without regard to season, it’s a nice spiced ale. Ratman197 (15612) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 7, 2011
Bomber poured a clear reddish brown with a small lasting tan head. Aromas of toffee, cinnamon, cardamon, clove and molasses. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of molasses, toffee, cinnamon, clove and cardamon with a smooth lingering spiced finish. BeerandBlues2 (14018) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Draught at Bristol. Pours a clear tawny with a spare fizzy off-white head, diminishing, with fair lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, chocolate, toast), heavy hops (herbs, spruce), light yeast (sweat, fresh leather) with notes of alcohol, clove, brown sugar, allspice and corriander. Long duration, moderate sweetness, bitterness and acidity, well balanced, mineral notes, fresh taste with raw hops and spices, creamy malt and caramel roasted nuts, toasty. Medium bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation and bitter finish. onceblind (10862) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUN 17, 2012
Deep mahogany with a clear reddish tint, non-lasting light beige head. Nice winter-y aroma of cinnamon and clove with some nutmeg with a nice sweet plum/raisin maltiness. Flavor was a little light but the taste was at least well thought out. Nice tones of cinnamon and ginger play on a earthy sweet, slightly fruity palate, with some nutmeg toward the finish with a somewhat earthy peat tone. Kinda tastes like a spiced Scotch Ale. cubs (10740) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 4, 2010
Tasted from a bottle at the Parade of Darks in Denver, Colorado. Dark pale orange appearance that’s mildly clear. Head is very spicy and similar to Anchor Christmas with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and especially ginger. Big ginger flavor with the other aforementioned spices with medium malty body. Spicy finish and aftertaste. Pretty good Christmas beer.
arminjewell (9727) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 14, 2013
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark brownish red with white head, aroma brought notes of ginger, cinnamon, slight cardamom, nice caramel, toffee, hints of dark fruits in there, slight molasses. Taste is a mix of sweet caramel, toffee, lots of spice with cinnamon, ginger, clove, some hints of cardamom, more spice notes that muddle a bit, finishing fairly spicy, bitter, slightly dry. Eh, much too over spiced but it is fairly easy to drink. Sledutah (7976) - Utah, USA - MAR 27, 2014
22oz bottle picked up at Supermarket liquors BMan1113VR (7930) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JUN 21, 2013
Pours clear dark mahogany with a small beige head and some lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and ginger. Taste is sweet malts, cinnamon, ginger and herbal bitterness
A good Christmas ale, lots of aroma but the taste is kind of muttled together.
Bottle thanks to ratman. Pours with a clear deep bronze hued body with a tan head. Aromas are of gingerbread, nutty cookie, biscuity malt, eugenol, cinnamon and a lot of spice. Flavors are lightly metallic, thin, bitter, spicy tannin, gingerbread, spice, clove and nutmeg. Very thin bodied and spicy, lively bubbles. Ernest (7888) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 28, 2012
Head is initially average sized, frothy, brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium brown.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), with strong notes of clove, clove, clove, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, etc.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter, unclean.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively/soft carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
This is the definition of "spice bomb" (esp. cloves). While the spice odors are certainly not offensive, it’s about as over-the-top and unbalanced as it gets...it’s almost hard to tell there’s beer underneath it all. Do you like chewing a mouthful of cloves? Me neither. sonnycheeba (6539) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 25, 2015
Bottle. Pours copper. Aroma is bready and toasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and faint vanilla. Flavor is malt forward with a hefty dose of spices and faint hop character. Medium body.