beersak (91) - akron, USA - JAN 6, 2012
Wonderful. And so proud of yet another Cleveland brewery for making such a wonderful northeastern Xmas ale. Spicey. Cinnamon. Sweet but smooth. So impressive.
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APPEARANCE – copper color, depleting head
NOSE - excellent spice. nearly overpowering.
FLAVOR - a controlled spice bomb in my mouth.
NOTES - Could be my favorite Xmas beer. Nicely done Fat Head.
Yinzerita (17) - - NOV 22, 2014
Goes down extremely smooth. Little bit of honey and nice blend of spices. Good start to the winter novels (424) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 21, 2012
Delicious seasonal ale. The cinnamon, citrus zest, and hops shine in this holiday warmer. Loved the name, too. mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Nice Christmas ale. Rich honey aroma and flavor. Heavily spiced, but doesn't detract and meshes well with the honey. Peppery finish.
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steelhead3686 (270) - Jacksonville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 16, 2014
Pours a clear dark brown/copper with a medium off white head. Somewhat earthy fall aroma with some sweet notes from the honey and a slight nutty hints. This beer really tastes like christmas. It has just the right sweet and bitter. You can feel the spices in the medium body and clean texture. Very clean finish that is almost cinnomon with a hint of sweetness. This is a very good Christmas ale. I hope they don’t change a thing. superspak (5587) - Michigan, USA - FEB 6, 2014
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, bottled on 10/24/2013. Pours moderately cloudy deep ruby red color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with some moderate streaming carbonation. Aromas of big raisin, caramel, brown sugar, toast, brown bread, honey, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of malt and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, clove, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of raisin, caramel, toast, brown sugar, brown bread, honey, ginger, coriander, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and herbal earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, robustness, and complexity of malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and lightly slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice spiced Christmas ale! All around good balance and complexity of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A very enjoyable offering. Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 15, 2012
Draft. Poured clear dark ruby color with an average frothy off-white head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy spice sweet aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy balanced spice flavor with a medium to heavy sweet spice finish of moderate to long duration. Solid seasonal beer that exceeded my expectations. AdamChandler (5051) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 2, 2013
Lots of nutmeg in this bronze beer. Smells like cherry Pepsi. Caramel and lots of brown sugar. And cloves. Quite nice I could drink a growler of this but the heavy Coriander detracts. MartinT (9880) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2016
My Bottom Line:
Honey, ginger and cinnamon are well balanced in this soft and rich wintry brew.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam covers the gleaming red mist.
-The nearly frothy texture works well with the delicate sugars.
-Caramel malts are present but never overbearing.
-This is another very good brew from Fat Head’s. I need to get to know these guys better…