Beer Guy99 (251) - Maineville, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2001
MMMM! Good! For those who enjoy winter ales, this one is a sweetheart. Brewed with eight malt varieties, this beer has a very full body. Nice aroma hops and some spicing that adds just the right touch. Beautiful deep red color. Gotta love it. erway (1004) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - FEB 25, 2002
What a wonderful surprise. Never had any beer from Crooked River and I was impressed to no measure,... Well some measure. It poured dark and thick. Great thick creamy head and an aroma of chetnuts and nutmeg. An aftertaste similar to Pete’s winter brew but far better. And a very warming affect. There is a fair amount of malts but not enough to really dull the alcohol taste (One that I think is far underrated) which seems higher than 6.7%. A masterful beer that should be on every man’s/woman’s Christmas list. TheBeerLover (1027) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Crooked River Yuletide Ale pours to a beautiful, bright, tawny brown color with a thick and creamy tan head, and a soft to moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is wonderful with lots of sweet and caramel malt aromas paired with very nice spicy aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. The palate is rich and delicious with lots of big sweet and caramel malty flavors. Slick malty flavors of butter scotch, toffee and caramel slide over the tongue. Yuletide Ale finishes with more wonderful malty flavors up front, then ends with slightly warming, spicy cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg flavors that linger.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2001
I love the spice/hop/malt blend. This ale is a great treat on a cool winter night. a bit fruity and minty. good stuff! NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - FEB 13, 2002
Very good beer for the cold weather. Very malty and smooth. Nice head that disapates into a good lace. Dark amber in color. Very slight notes of spice, probably nutmeg?
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. 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. Darkover (1538) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 28, 2002
Dark ruby color, small head. Spicy aroma. Spicy and somewhat tart flavor. Not as good as I remember it being last year. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - JAN 20, 2005
Best way to sum it up, it was just like great lakes christmas ale but didn’t have as much kick or spice as great lakes, but it’s $1 cheaper and taste damn good. LuckeyHaskins99 (180) - Toledo, Ohio, USA - FEB 18, 2002
Thick, Heavy, very complex taste, anise possibly present. I have had this a few times around Chirstmas and it is not my kind of beer, but does have a unique taste..... Somehow I think of chartruse when I have had it, very large head, nice malt finish, great egg-nog substitute.