brokensail (16648) - Dublin, California, USA - JAN 8, 2012
Pours a clear copper color with a finger of off-white head. Lots of cinnamon and ginger aromas, especially ginger. There is a nice bit of sweet malt and bread going on as well. The flavor has plenty of bready malt sweetness as well as some toffee. The ginger is fairly assertive, maybe a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg in there as well. Medium body with low to medium carbonation. bhensonb (15760) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2009
Bottle from joshuahfl. Pours slightly ruddy copper with a large foamy off-white head. Ginger aroma. Medium body with foamy carbonation. Flavor is ginger and cinnamon stick. Quite tasty. djd07 (15544) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 30, 2013
Bottle. Pours cloudy amber with small beige head. Aroma is nutmeg and clove. Thin mouthfeel with strong spices and cinnamon and light bitterness. Good. Ratman197 (15372) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - FEB 24, 2015
Bottle poured a clear orange amber with a small lasting amber head. Aromas of caramel, yeast, spice and light fruitiness. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of caramel, spice and light fruitiness with a smooth dry lingering spiced finish. Tmoney99 (14982) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2005
Bottle. Dark amber color with roky medium head. Complex aroma with spicy sweet tone. Flavor was complex spicy holiday brew with full body. Finish was long and spicy.
Lubiere (14151) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
An amber ale with a thin light moka head. A lightly cloying aroma of buttery malt, vinous notes, light spices, not bad. In mouth, a nice sweet biscuitty malt with smooth hops, juniper, warming alcohol, nicer than expected, nicely aged. 09 vintage on tap at MacGregors, July 31 2010. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 6, 2003
Clear amber with minimal beige head. Aroma is sweet, ginger, some nutmeg. Taste is strong ginger, some fruity (slightly artificial blueberry), minimal bitterness. Light-medium body. Drake (14078) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 25, 2012
About freaking time I get to try this. Bottle shared at the Richmond Industry Gathering. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy white head. Good head retention. Aroma of brown sugar, toffee, nuts, toasted malts and a spicy finish. The taste is brown sugar, toffee, nuts, toast, and a mild lingering hoppiness. Medium bodied. Nice beer. crossovert (13914) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 15, 2011
UPDATED: JAN 23, 2016 12 oz bottle, best before Feb 11.
It pours a beautiful color, a deep orangeish red. The head is foamy and white and recedes very quickly leaving some okay lacing.
The smell really hinges on the ginger, it is spicy and sweet. There is also a thick, bready malt scent that provides the base for the spices.
The flavor is very nice and malty, the ginger again is at the forefront. It is like drinking a ginger snap cookie. There is a ncie malt sweetness that really makes the flavor pop.
Overall a nice Christmas ale with a gorgeous color.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 12-29-2010 03:14:43
Had this on draft again a few weeks ago, it was awful. BeerandBlues2 (13822) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 2, 2005
12-oz. bottle thanks to OhioDad. Pours clean coppery red with tiny fast rising bubbles and a small off-white head that dissipates to a film with some lined lacing. Yeast (sour leather) and fruity floral hop aroma with medium malt (meal) notes and some spice (cinnamon) hints. Bitter hop lightly acidic flavor with a medium caramel malt body and a hoppy rind, floral aftertaste. Medium bodied and fizzy, dry palate.