randy1969 (116) - Marengo, Illinois, USA - DEC 26, 2017 TheLevi4000 (77) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - JAN 2, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The best Christmas or Holiday Ale I have had. The description above explains it very well, the beer actually lives up to it. The only flavor it leaves out is the honey. It is not overwhelming, it just adds a little sweetness to make the beer not bitter.
The aroma of Christmas- caramel/ chocolate malt, with dark fruit, fruitcake, ginger, cinnamon, all spice and nutmeg. Amber, reddish color, a nice clear with pale 1/4" head which does not dissipate. Taste is slightly sweet- a BIG flavored ale without weighting you down. Lively on the tongue with moderate carbonation, a complex and nicely balanced Christmas ale Kleg (448) - The Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 26, 2017
Clear amber pour with a small khaki head and fair retention. No lacing. Honey nose. Strong honey flavor and minor cinnamon notes. Warming 7.5 ABV is noticeable but not overpowering. Okay.
tonyreynes (15) - - DEC 21, 2017
The pour has a coppery color and holds the off-white head for about 30 seconds. The carbonation is not only visible but you can taste and feel it on your tongue. I found that it had a small nose when I opened the bottle but it grew. I first detected some bread and some fruit. As I drank the glass I could detect ginger caramel and cinnamon. Good holiday beer.
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On tap at random Lou Malnati's in Naperville. For my 50th spice/herb/veg -- also randomly... Copper amber pour with a bit of an off-white head. Aroma starts a bit piney and fruity hoppy, but down through the glass, the spices take over; ginger, cinnamon and some nutmeg. Taste is of sweet malts and herbs & spices, with some bready presence. The cinnamon really winds up leading the mouthfeel. Less than medium bodied, the blend is ok. It is what it is. Did wind up with a bit of a Christmas feel to it, which is good since a week before Christmas in Northern Illinois, there is no snow and none of the kids are wearing more than sweatshirts. 13 wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2017
Pours a clear bright amber with a respectable off white head. Aroma is malty and spicy. Taste is sweet caramel malt, buttered biscuits, mild hoppiness and the cinnamon and nutmeg are noticeable in the back.
asswrangler (1) - - DEC 8, 2017 does not count
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2017 Better this year than last. I taste nutmeg a little more hoppy. Some ginger. Very nice overall. I will be buying more of this.
AndyW68 (1641) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 8, 2017
Clear copper pour with white head. Aroma and taste AR cinnamon and nutmeg. Very sticky and some sweet. rcarlisle2020 (1) - - DEC 2, 2017 does not count
This is a delicious Christmas Ale. My favorite! It changes every year based on the local ingredients used. This year is not the best I've had but definitely still amazing!
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Pours a clear golden brown from the bottle with bubbly off-white head that leaves light lace. Aroma of mild spice notes over a light caramel and bready malt base. Taste follows, clean and light, but something dirty about it, a bit of oxidation. Meh, not one I would go out of my way to have again. Itzjerm (3175) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 30, 2017
Sweet light cinnamon candy flavor. Yeasty malt. At brewery. Thin head. Ok for a Christmas ale. Not over the top.
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