Quixote18 (236) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottled. Rich, sweet malts combined with a little alcohol and a dash of orange peel to form a very interesting aroma. I noted some hops as it warmed a bit. The body was a clear, deep copper color with a quickly fading off-white head. The flavor was wonderfully malty with some spices dancing around. One detractor for me was the ginger. It’s just my personal taste, but I despise ginger...especially in my beer. Otherwise a very solid brew. BeerRules (243) - Houston, Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2006
Aromas of honey and various spices. Taste is spicy as well with a soft hop presence, and a toasty malt background that carries other flavors very well. Dry finish and nice mouthfeel. Thanks to santa for this, I enjoyed it. lukin013 (215) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Amber body and foamy tan head. Nice spicy aroma anf flavor... loads of ginger, brown sugar and some pumpkin. Good medium body but the finish was slightly sticky. As it warmed the finish improved but the alcohol became slightly more noticeable. Suttree (6385) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2006
It smelled great - all honey and spices, nutmeg and ginger. Thasted pretty good, too, with the same honey notes, plus a hint of orange, and a sweet, spicy finish. The only drawback is that it seem a little bit heavy, and ended up being a little hard to finish. But overall, a tasty, well made holiday ale - Thanks Jsquire! edden (925) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2006
shigadeyo (3739) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2006
Red-brown body with a medium head, light tan in color. Lace clings to glass. Aroma is nicely spiced. Flavor is malty with plenty of spice- cinnamon, nutmeg and clove with a touch of orange zest. Finish has a slight hop bite.
UPDATED: MAR 30, 2007 Sampled on 11/28/2006 at the Winking Lizard Tavern (Crosswoods) in Columbus, Ohio...
Clear, darker copper color with a very dense and creamy off-white head that never went away. Lots of lacing on the glass. The aroma was mostly like sugar cookies, toasted malt, and a hint of ginger spice. The flavor was just like the aroma. The spices were detectable, but not too dominating. Medium body, but felt very full and creamy in the mouth. Overall this beer was very well blended, balanced, and clean. I also have a 12 oz bottle of this in the cellar to try later in the holiday season and will update my comments at that time...
22 oz draught, $4.95 from the Winking Lizard Tavern.BuffaloBrewed (42) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 24, 2006
2006 Vintage from bottle on 3/31/2007... Aroma = Sweet bready malt and spices (cloves and cinnamon). Appearance = Transparent light amber color with a large, creamy off-white head that leaves a substantial residual crown and detailed lacing. Flavor = Mldly sweet, full of gingerbread flavors, and a little chocolate. The alcohol is well integrated. Palate = Medium-full, smooth, and quite creamy. The 2006 Christmas Ale is a very well balanced brew and an excellent beer overall.
12 oz bottle (7.5% ABV), Enjoy by 1/27/07.
12oz bottle from Premier Gourmet. Poured a dark amber with a soft white head. The aroma is very warm with some cinnamon in it. The beer has a spicy taste that, again, as a warmth about it. Mildly sweet and nicely spiced. A nice winter brew and a good complement to apple or pumpkin pie. thebaldwizard (1207) - Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2006
This is the best christmas brew I’ve had to date. Spicey, dirty aroma with some hops. See through body, clean golden copper color with a thick off-white head. The palate is medium. Very nutty taste with good malt presence. Some spices are in the mix, but they don’t overpower like in most examples of this style. DeuceDeuceOU (51) - Athens/Cleveland, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2006
Every description thus far fits this beer, nothing you wouldn’t expect. Taste and palate compare to Harpoon’s winter offering with less carbonation and significantly less nutmeg. So it’s more enjoyable in that regard. Enjoyable nonetheless, I’ll be sure to have a few on hand throughout my winter break. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 22, 2006
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2007 Thanks to RagallachMC. Pours clear amber/orange with a quickly dissipating white head. Aroma of ginger and sweet malt. Taste hit me as ginger, orange, malts and cinnamon. This is what I look for in a Christmas ale; a nice spice blend, not too overpowering.