Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 13, 2014
12oz bottle from jsquire. Pours a dark amber brown color with a finger of foamy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, caramel malt, Floral hops, and some orange peel. Taste of cinnamon, ginger, caramel malt, some light citrus zest, and a hint of spruce. blutt59 (6576) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 25, 2014
Bottled, almond colored pour with soft foam, tasty aroma and flavor of spice cake, carrots, fondent icing, sweet finish icehawk (834) - Mount Pleasant, South Carolina, USA - FEB 14, 2014
Bottle, thanks Jeff! Nice aroma with vegetative and spice coming through. Reddish brown pour with very slight head. Nice spice profile (mulling spices, big nutmeg and allspice) up front. Finishes a bit bready. Good, solid holiday beer. jsquire (4563) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2014
Deep amber color with a frothy off white head. Light spicy nose with hints of cinnamon and ginger. Sweet Christmas ale with lots of white sugar. Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spice with some bitter orange peel and a long bitter finish. Nice, standard spiced holiday ale. Nephilium (1821) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2011
(From the 2011 batch) Slight dark fruit aroma, with just a touch of spice. Pours a clear ruby red, with a thin off white head. Nice spice flavor, with a hint of cherry in the background. Very nice Christmas ale, a bit more fruit notes then most of the ones around Cleveland. This is one I’ll be recommending to others.
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 19, 2009
2002 bottle consumed 8/18/09. Pours a hazy brown with some protein globules floating about and a surprisingly well developed head. Smells of muted spice, roasted malt, some chocolate sneaking in, some fruity hints. Tastes of sweet and roasted malt, velvety, spicy, some dark fruity elements, a nice touch of cocoa present. This must have been an amazing beer when fresh. Even with 7 years on it, it is still drinking well. DarkElf (3066) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 26, 2007
03-Sep-06 (12 oz bottle: Obtained 21-Mar-05 in trade with jeffin7, thanks Jeff!) I’m becoming a believer that these spiced winter ales age wonderfully. I actually have two bottles of Yuletide Ale, and although pushing two years now, the beer is delicious! Malty, chocolaty, roasty, lightly spicy and a bit earthy and smoky. Spices are surprisingly subdued, perhaps diminished from the aging. Malts are moderately sweet, and with hops playing little role here and the roast not contributing much in the way of bitterness, the chocolaty malts really dominate. Perhaps there is a hint of butter in the background when the beer warms up, but even warm, it remains a tasty brew. Body is medium and carbonation is light. The malty nose is chocolaty and lightly sweet. The initially hazy, brown-colored body turns fairly clear once all the particles settle to the bottom. Small, light-tan head dissipates somewhat rapidly, leaving just a thin ring as a quiet remembrance. Very enjoyable, one of those pleasant cellaring surprises for me. madscotsman (147) - Fairview Heights, Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2007
Reddish-brown color and a tannish head. A spicy aroma and a decent finish. ehhdayton (1188) - USA - JUN 23, 2006
Reddish brown with an offwhite head and aromas of citrus, dark fruit, and malt. The flavor has some earthiness and spice accompanied by a bit of malt. Finish on the palate is slightly astringent. JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - FEB 20, 2006
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2006 Reddish-brown body, slightly congealed looking in glass, with bubbly sediment. Head is eggnog colored, decently thick for being 3 years old or so, and very longlasting (till the last drop). Aroma is cherry, dates, malt of course, and snappy citrus hops. Fun! Taste is jampacked with flavor, nothing mild about the palate on this oldster. Heavy malt, plum, and dark cherries rounded out with caramel backdrop and lemony hops. Alcohol sizzle and caramel round out the aftertaste. Solid beer, deserves a better ranking. Picked this up in a "discount" crate (unfortunately, the date had worn off) at Chevy Chase Liquor and Beer, in our nation’s capital, Washington, DC.