ElGaucho (2401) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 16, 2006
Bottle. Enjoy by date: 2/9/07. Cinnamon and nutmeg aroma; instantly gets you into the holiday spirit. Crystal clear brownish amber. Steady, visible carbonation. Thin, but lasting, off-white head. Not much in the way of lace. Nice flavor. This is a brew that, despite being enjoyable, you’d probably only want at this time of year. It very definitely has the spice thing going on...cinnamon is the most pervasive. The ginger is there, but more muted due to the honey sweet cinnamon. At 7.5%, it’s almost strong enough to be warming. The GL website doesn’t say anything about changing the recipe from year to year. Frankly, I think that’s a good thing. If you make a good seasonal, stick with the recipe. If you want to introduce a new recipe make it a different brew. There’s no law that says a brewer can only produce one holiday seasonal. Sam Adams has at least 3. Nice beer. Kudos to the folks at Great Lakes. AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 13, 2006
Ginger bread man in beer form, clear amber body with no head, spicey nose, mild hops in flavor, cinnamon and spices, a good desert beer for the holiday season, ho ho ho Ibrew2or3 (8912) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12 oz bottle. Yet another tasty one courtesy of crizay, thanks again. This beer poured a gold to copper color with white head. The aroma has some sweet malts and cinnamon. The flavor seems complex. I taste a couple malt variations, a bright cinnamon note, some sweet citrus and lighter notes of honey and ginger. cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2006
12 oz. bottle via trade with lukin013 - Pours a clear copper color with a two finger off white head. Very light spotty lacing. Has a light caramel malt aroma with a touch of spice. Has a honey/malt flavor. Not quite to my liking. Medium body. Wortha try. Thanks Jon. aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2006
Bottle. Great beer. Lovely malt flavor with little spice addition. Not much though. Very rich red-orange color. Sweet flavor from the honey, but not much of a taste of honey. Great little dessert beer.
Aurelius (5651) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2006
Cakey, bocky aroma. Very clear medium-dark oak color with a thin silky head. Ginger spicy, allspice, light sweetness, warming. Medium light body. Longish spice and alcohol finish. Technically, pretty good, but it got to clinging and I didn’t finish the pint. hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - DEC 6, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 29, 2007 growler and bottle- reddish/brown color, tan head, honey/cinnamon/malty/ginger aroma, without the slightest hint of hop. a great beer, that I have been told is so expensive due to the massive amounts of honey they brew with. alcohol hidden extremely well. my favorite chirstmas beer.
2007- re-rate- I am not going to adjust my rating, but I found this year’s version to be lacking in body, and was disappointed by it generally. Still, it remains wildly popular, and a decent brew. Rooney31 (42) - USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle: Pours a reddish amber color with minimal head. The ginger, orange zest and nutmeg aromas are the most apparent. For me the ginger and cinnamon were a little too much. Perhaps I should have tried the beer with some sugar cookies, but by itself the overwhelming ginger seemed odd. It’s not bad, just not my style of beer. ogglethorp (919) - Ohio, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Bottle. Pour is copper/red with a quickly retreating off white head. Smell is malt, orange, clove, cinnamon, some floral notes. Flavor is semi-sweet malt, hints of spices such as cinnamon, ginger, clove, some grapefruit. Light to medium mouth feel. Nice Holiday brew KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 4, 2006
Dark reddish amber color. Smell of malt, hops, clove, cinnamon, oak, pine. coper and some alcohol. Taste of sweet malt, hops, cinnamon, ginger, clove, pine, pumpkin and a woody bitterness at the end.