OhioDad (2492) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - AUG 23, 2005
12 oz bottle pours deep brown with ruby highlights and a light offwhite head. Aroma is of roasted malts, some molasses, some caramel, and some bourbon.. Flavor is roasty, nutty, very much like a heavy brown ale. Not as much spice as I’d expect from a Christmas ale.. Chocolate overtones give way to a touch of cinnamon found at the end. Palate is smooth and creamy and medium bodied. Not bad for Christmas in August.. I liked it.. Gmku (302) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 28, 2005
I think this is an incredible beer! Nice roasted malt that’s not too overwhelming, sort of sherry-like, moderately sweet with hints of caramel, sugar. Great for winter imbibing. legion242 (2348) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 10, 2005
A slightly above average holiday offering. Nice roasted malted that doesn’t taste over burned like many American "Wassails". Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAY 3, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2009 Bottle (2009).
Head is initially average sized, frothy, white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (toasted grain, caramel, cookie), lightly yeasty (dirty feet, cheese), lightly hoppy (flowers, grapefruit), with light notes of tea, cinnamon.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly to moderately alcoholic.
Very mild aroma, but mostly pleasant other than the yeast character. A bit too syrupy sweet in the mouth, but again...not bad. Lackluster overall. jollyraider (252) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 1, 2005
First Old Ale, to me more of a warm brown. More spices a la Great Lakes Xmas would have been nice, but very pleasant.
lemonlovr (191) - Orland Park, Illinois, USA - APR 22, 2005
Aroma of caramel, chocolate, and some spices I can’t quite figure out. Definitely a nice aroma and pleasing to the senses. Color is medium-brown and clear. I got a small frothy tan head with some lacing. The flavor is almost brown ale-like at first but finishes smooth with just the right amount of hop flavor.Leaves the mouth feeling a bit spicy but I guess that’s to be expected with a Christmas beer. The mouthfeel is good, the beer is well-proportioned and the medium body goes well with the amount of carbonation present. Good, although not the best "Christmas" beer I’ve ever had. DougShoemaker (3146) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 7, 2005
Aroma of chocolate, malt, hops, cinnamon and nutmeg. Deep copper, pours a large, frothy, tan head, leaves some nice lace. Flavour has roasted malts, then mixed spices, and finishes with some fine citrusy hops, christmas cake in a bottle! Really well balanced, medium bodied, spicey and pleasantly bitter. A lovely version of the style!
Thanks so much wohlfs. radiomgb (2686) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 24, 2005
Bottle. Deep amber in colour. Aroma was of caramel malt, toasty, spicy with some dark bittersweet chocolate. The flavour had some chocolate, toasted malt, caramel/toffee sweetness. Somewhat chalky mouthfeel, medium body and medium carbonation. Finishes slightly sweet, fairly long. kane (111) - USA - MAR 17, 2005
A dark , wood colored beer with a medium head. Spicey aroma( allspice). Medium mouthfeel. A good beer in the season. PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - JAN 30, 2005
Pours mahogany with a nice creamy head. Taste is malty with some roasts and spices. Decent hopiness that work well in this beer for me.