Zodanga (26) - Alabama, USA - DEC 26, 2005
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Hmmm...heavy, thick, syrup, sweet in a spicy way...yet pretty smooth going down. Best in small sips. I’m not sure if I could drink more than one - it’s pretty strong stuff. Not for me.
Drake (13488) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 4, 2017
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg at Bethlehem Brew Works. Clear amber, large creamy tan head, good retention. Aroma of toffee, soy, cherries, clove, ginger. Taste is gingerbread, caramel, toffee, hints of cherry. Medium bodied, oily, a bit of booze. Medium bodied.
jgb9348 (6097) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crisp copper and amber coloured body with a ruby glow and a thinnish tan head. Aroma of candy sugar, apricots, pit fruits, nice earth, caramel, toffee, rich fruits and a dose of floral hops, all with a good deal of alcohol as well. Medium to Full-bodied; Rich pit fruit flavour with a lot of sugars, some caster sugar, a lot of earthy and caramel malts and some light alcohol at the end that finishes fairly nice and smooth. Aftertaste has a mellow sweetness with a touch of grain, a lot of light sugars, a smooth alcohol burn and a touch of complexity near the end. Overall, a nice rich and fairly smooth beer for the style that shows nicely and has a good fruity sweetness with alcohol that is well hidden! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey exactly a year ago on 22-December-2015 for US$2,42 sampled at home in Washington a year later on 22-December-2016.
Larry_Duffman (509) - - DEC 8, 2016
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured it from the bottle into a glass. It pours dark red with almost no head. The aroma is spice and dark fruit. The taste is spice, plum, other dark fruit, and booze. It had a strong, boozy taste to it. This was pretty good. I was expecting more though.
radagast83 (7906) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft pour at the Bethlehem location. Poured a clear copper color with a small off-white head. Aroma was lots of holiday spices. Coriander, nutmeg. Flavor was candi, brown sugar. Booze, but subtle. Nice!
ffaoe (743) - Moorestown, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2016
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
aroma is of faint malt and holiday spices. amber and clear in color with little head. taste is entirely of holiday spices; clove, nutmeg, cinnamon.
walleye (1099) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this awhile ago poured reddish amber with off white head. aroma cinnamon, nutmeg and the cloves. flavor got all of the spices with some alcohol
NikkTwist (3094) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 17, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 19, 2016 Draft at the Irish Pol. Clear dark orange brown pour with off-white foam. Runny lace mostly disappeared over time. Spicy malt brew with some dark amber fruit and vegetables. Brandy-soaked sugared pears. Clear candy toys. Nutmeg. Cinnamon. Clove. Peat. Celery. Ginger. Apricot cordials. Started off tasting sugary and simple but developed nicely as it warmed. Eventually feels surprisingly similar to many better Belgium Christmas brews albeit a bit rougher. Would have again.
BillsmafiaCO (17) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark reddish tint, nice spice notes but not overwhelming. A bit of an aftertaste, but overall not bad for such a high abv. Will buy again.
katrinaez (1811) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2015
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not my favorite Xmas style beer. A bit of an aftertaste that made it off putting. Deep red and hazy. Spices and ok and not overboard. Heavy abv, but not worth the drink if you can get a better drink for your drunk! Tap
Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 16, 2015
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Damn, so much spice. Too much spice? Certainly is a Christmas inspired ale. Belgian yeast comes through, sweetness of the malts and possibly Belgian candied sugar.