JohnnyJ (5545) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Bottle. Dark reddish brown pour, with an off white head. Malty, fruit, caramel, and some bitter metallic hops in this finish. Pretty dull. JohnGalt1 (1721) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 23, 2016
shortlasting light tan head... pretty good lacing lasts through most of the glass. Dark Dark brown ... but still nice and translucent.
Nutty biscuity brown malts dominated the nose ... like an less malty English old ale ... sort of expected low PNW/American hop balance.
Taste is the same with some lite cherry and raisin mixed ... not overly complex by any means, but still supremely drinkable. wombat23 (1362) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2016
Shared 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear dark amber with a beige head. Malt and spice on the nose. Taste is quite malty, with sweet caramel and holiday spices. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2002
I felt this was really too bitter for me. I think Iíll try it again. AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
I wasnít as big a fan of this as other Christmas ales Iíve had. Thick, malty mouthfeel that constrasts with the spicy hops. Clean finish. Not too interesting.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - MAR 25, 2006
Thanks to Degarth. Dark mahogany, white head. Dark fruits & alcohol are the main flavors. Very slight chocolate, big grapefruit hoppy bite, not very winter like, almost barley wine tasting, not bad. shendrix (478) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 25, 2006
A fun brew, though far from spectacular. A bit of orange and lemon mingling with cinnamon makes this reminiscent of Christmas. Nothing to get excited about though. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 7, 2009 jhliesen (832) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Date: October 08, 1997
Source: Burlingame Grocery, OR
Appearance: dark cloudy amber, whispy head
Aroma: malt aroma with a hint of spices
Flavor: strong spicy malt flavor with lots of lingering bitterness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Date: September 24, 2009
Appearance: clear dark ruby red, creamy beige head, heavy lace
Aroma: light sweet dark caramel aroma
Flavor: rich and earthy flavor, rich yet dry dark caramel malt, lots of earthyness keeps it very dry, hint of sweetness shows as it warms, light spicyness, big bitterness falls out of the earthyness for a long bitter finish
Overall: needs age for the bitterness and earthyness to mello and the rich caramel to pick up some sherry notes
Aroma: 5/10; Appearance: 8/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 12/20
Bottle--My beer was a black color with brown highlights along the edges. It does leave a small head through out the drink with a nice amount of lacing. The aroma was of raisin and cider. The taste was hoppier than I expected without any of the Christmas spices. A dissapointment, still good, but not at all what I hoped, guess Iíll have to find another single to confirm. Produce Place, 1.49 ilovedarkbeer (2737) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 2, 2007
Not exactly sure why this is so highly rated. Tried this both hot and cold today and neither was very good. Pours a deep amber red brown color with a small soapy tan head. Smells of malt and spices and maybe cloves? Tastes like malt and spice and hops. It is very unbalanced though and just not so great.