WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Ahh, finally, rating number 100. It only took me 3 too lazy to rate years. This is one of my favorite X-Mas ales. Medium bodied mouthfeel. Initial rich roasted malts with flavors of chocolate, caramel, fruits, and spices. Toward the end of the beer the hops become apparent with a very slight citrus hint. All in all, an easy to drink Christmas beer and one of my annual favorites around this time of year. oldrtybastrd (5228) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2005
Pours a nice dark reddish brown. Sweet dark roast aromas with hints of caramel and hops. Flavor has a touch of smoke/spice which adds to the great malt flavor. Doppelganger (1389) - Dry County, Arkansas, USA - DEC 8, 2005
Dark cherry-wood pour with a cap of lingering fine tan head. Dark plumy molassas aromas, hint of roast, mild clean hops. Flavor is a little weird. Smoke is the first thing to register. A little bit of carmel sweetness. Oddly thin mouthfeel, flat finish.
Kind of a let down. Very pretty in the glass. Nice to smell. Breaks down after that. jimmyh221 (157) - Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, USA - DEC 5, 2005
This beer did not have much head. It was brown in color and had a smooth taste. There was no bitter finish to this beer. I really did enjoy this beer. Ughsmash (7510) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Bottled 11.1.04. Poured a deep garnet with a creamy well-retained beige head... with a well-coating lacing all the way down. Aroma first struck as a big, spicy Belgian ale... rich Christmasey spices, some caramel, chocolate, and floral hoppage. Full, creamy mouthfeel with spice notes around the edges. Flavor is a pleasant extension of the aroma. Spicy malts were well-balanced with caramel and the floral hops. Well-rounded, very tasty brew.
Juelze (1146) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 3, 2005
Dark brown in color. Taste of malt, faint hint of semi-sweet chocolate, and spicy floral hops. Taste much the same. Nothing exciting here. thegreenrooster (4562) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 2, 2005
Pour is a dark mahogany with a tan head. Aroma is a very nice malt with a dark fruit or cherry spice to it. Flavor on the other hand can be a bit watery but is still detect carmal malts and fruits. Hops make and appearence as well. over all ok but nothing really stands out to put it over the top. JoshuaB (476) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - DEC 1, 2005
Deep ruby red with a good chunk of creamy thick tan head. Nose is nice. Very malty. There are some cherries, dark dried fruits, molasses, and some light floral english hops as well. Initial thought was that this was all malts and a thick smokiness. As I drank more, more fruits and hop tones came out. Those cherries in the nose were apparent in the taste, along with with some light hops, maybe some orange peel, and very very subtle spicing. Lots of caramel malt to serve as the backbone. I enjoyed the relative lack of spicing, as some of these Christmas beers seem to go overboard. This one reminded me more of a fruity Bock. Bottle says this beer is bottle conditioned, but I just dont see that. Most of GI’s beers, especially the bottled ones, are mediocre and uninspiring, but I found this one to be rather good. Merry Christmas all! dp (608) - uniontown, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2005
ipa like aroma, dark pour, growing on me as the season progresses, kind of a tinny after-taste mkobes (2142) - paramus, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Bottle, Deep dark brown in color with a nice tan head. Malty and hoppy flavor. Some smokey notes. Flavor is malty and spicey. Finish is hoppy. Ok beer.