thegreenrooster (4401) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - APR 8, 2017 ChadPolenz (1817) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - DEC 23, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Pretty shade of dark amber/orange/light red. Mostly clear with plenty of visible carbonation. Forms a large, white, frothy head which laces and retains well.
Smell: Mostly ginger, some cinnamon: a graham cracker-like overall aroma.
Taste: The palate begins with immediate sensation of spice: ginger being the most prominent, followed by a firey cinnamon bite and a sweet, rich honey taste to round it all out. Vanilla and the taste of shortbread seems to be lurking somewhere in the palate, too. Thus it does live up to its reputation of being a liquid Christmas cookie. The actual beer components of hops and malts seem to take a backseat to the spices and flavorings, though. There’s a biscuity maltiness holding up this palate and only minor hop presence since the cinnamon and ginger account for the bitterness here.
I’m not usually a fan of ginger, but its presence here was justified by it being paired and balanced out by the cinnamon and honey. Not too sweet, not too spicy, not too "beery". Nothing that blows my mind, though. Just a tasty, enjoyable brew.
Mouthfeel: Full-bodied flavor throughout with noticeable energy, but still comfortable with a soft texture.
Drinkability: This is one of those rare beers that’s overtly spicy that doesn’t tear you up. It’s easy to drink considering its palate that just about anyone can enjoy and has a smooth finish with only a slightly doughy aftertaste. Weighing in at 7.5% ABV, Great Lakes Christmas Ale drinks like something much lower than the numbers would indicate. There’s no alcohol presence in the nose or palate, but you definitely feel the potency afterwards. A great beer to have with pumpkin, pecan, or mincemeat pie or with homemade Christmas cookies.
Pour is a clear tan with a small white head. Aroma is a nice cinnamon and overall gingerbread cookie sweetness. Flavor is more gingerbread and cinnamon with a little treacle in there. Well past it’s best by dated but the spices are still holding up. When drank fresh the spices must be off the chain, maybe a bit of age on this beer will do it well. BeerdedDave (1707) - Beckley, USA - JAN 25, 2017
dark amber - red color; malty, spicy aroma with cinnamon notes; a nice well balanced beer with just a hint of cinnamon and ginger; smooth and malty up front leaving a bitter, spicy taste Dacrza (979) - Great Meadows, New Jersey, USA - JAN 13, 2017
DATE: January 13, 2017... OCCASION: Watching Avatar with the boys for the first time... special stuff... GLASSWARE: Mad Elf snifter... pours a dark amber body with a scarcity of bubbles... a thin ring of white encircles a small island of patchiness... at 7.5% ABV, expectedly short on head... cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, pear, rum, bright citrus (orange peel, lemon)... first sip is vibrant, warming, effervescent and driven to the tongue... a robust, full-bodied sipper that leaves a palatable aftertaste... cherry, apple, cinnamon, light nutmeg, light bread malts, and a sweetness that entices... a BIG flavored ale that warms and welcomes without weighting you down... doesn’t compare or compete with more nuanced or developed seasonals...still, quite solid... BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Aroma cereal, citrus, clove, oranges,
Appearance amber, orange, hazy, white foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate medium body,
Overall another good Christmas beer just not my style. Lots of spice and orange. I would not suggest this beer to a friend. OnTheTrail (507) - Virginia, USA - JAN 7, 2017
Pours very clear light copper, almost off white head. Aroma starts malty, then ginger and honey hits strongly. Taste is surprisingly hop forward (or is that cinnamon bite with orange notes?), with hints of the ginger, cinnamon and honey. Mouthful is medium to heavy.
Johnstledger8 (1191) - Dublin, IRELAND - DEC 31, 2016
Bottle. Pours a clearish copper orange with a fading light beige bubbly head. Aroma is of cinnamon, ginger, honey, red fruits, caramel. Taste is of ginger, orange, warming spices, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, biscuit, honey. Watery to oily mouthfeel, medium carbonation. MNAle (189) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Golden amber, lightly carbonated. 1 inch slightly off-white head receding to a foamy cap. Spicy aroma, ginger, with a mix of perhaps floral-ish notes. Smooth feel. Taste follows the aroma, with the ginger / spice dominating, but to me it just tastes a bit odd; I can’t pin it down. No bittering to speak of, with the ginger lingering into the finish and aftertaste. There is no sense of alcohol warmth, either. Overall, disappointing. ehaak26 (518) - - DEC 13, 2016
Bottle from Liquor Barn. Pours deep copper with quickly evaporating white head. Aroma of cinnamon and malt. brownaler (663) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - DEC 10, 2016
Pours dark amber. Ginger body with a cinnamon back bite. Finish is foamy, but smooth. zizzybalubba (1869) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2016
12 oz. bottle from Total Wine, Raleigh (North Hills). Enjoy by February 17, 2017. Rusty orange pour with a frothy off-white head. Aroma of graham cracker with faint ginger. Obvious graham cracker notes in the taste with shades of cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Finish isn’t too sweet. Fine for what it is but I’m not excited about revisiting.