Cirrhosis (1283) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2010
Love these giant bottles with the flip tops they always make me smile. Oh man this smells good. Cloudy brown body with an average looking cap, nice and long lasting though. Mmmm……smells like baking and memories of Christmas past. Nutmeg, cloves, vanilla, honey all can be tasted all built on a thick chewy malty back bone. Brew almost has eggnog like flavours but not really. A mild coffee like bitterness is noticeable in the finish. Great Christmas brew, highly enjoyable, perfect on a cold winter day infront of the T.V. badgerben (5215) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 14, 2010
Hazy copper color with a large head. Aroma of apples, pears and cloves. Lots of clove flavor, some caramel malts and a bit of orange. Maybe some Munich malt notes, too. There’s something... not quite sour or tart, but getting to that end of the spectrum. Not bad, but after a half liter, I found it difficult to want the other half. ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 13, 2010
2009 Bottle - Thanks Matt! - Pours deep amber with a medium off white head...aroma is full of christmas spice, citrus, clove, cinnamon and yeast, fruity malts...flavour is similar with a nice tannic note to offset the malt...interesting stuff... zeek (194) - British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 31, 2009
Beer pours a bloody amber with minimal head. Ginger comes through in the nose. Proper ale taste, very malty. A slight bitter aftertaste of hops. Not bad for a spiced xmas beer. Powertrip (1000) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 27, 2009
Foggy light red colour (like a winter’s fog settling in on a town) with medium head. Huge nose bursting with cherries, plums, sugar cane, lime and exotic spices. I could smell this one all day long! Rarely do I come across such a lively and rich nose. The taste starts off exactly the same, with gigantic malt and more cherries. Mid palate shows a hint of pepper and some salt water taffee, with a finish that’s surprisingly short but quietly rich in citrus. An extremely well-crafted beer which should be in everyones fridge at some point or another, a real gem!
pintbypint (3672) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2009
1L brown swingtop bottle. Amber-brown colour, thick beige head. Nose is gingery, spicy, sweet. Sweet malts in the mouth, caramel, spicy notes (nutmeg), finishes moderately hoppy with some leafy/citrus tones, slight lingering bitterness with some nutty malt aftertaste. Trace of alcohol. Carbonation a bit prickly, medium bodied. BuckeyeBoy (7937) - Boise, Idaho, USA - NOV 28, 2009
A big ol 1 Liter flip top Labeled with Winter Ale. Pours out a brown with some red highs topped with a small head. Aroma was of sweet spice and ginger bread cookies. Taste was more of the spice some nutmeg, and cinnamon along with sweet molasses. A tasty winter brew thanks Matt. chickenm (10) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 23, 2009
1 litre bottle, pours amber colour with a thin tan head. Very malty with lots of spices. A pretty good winter ale. DuffMan (10451) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 10, 2009
Christmas ale out early this year! Giant 1L bottle shared with Rockley. Pours a dark honey amber with a brief white head. Very spicy sweet aroma that instantly reminds me of those little windmill-shaped spice cookies that Superstore bakery used to give out to kids for free. Flavour of spice cookies: vanilla, nutmeg, and cinnamon, a little marzipan. Warming finish. Not bad, but I yearn for more malt (and darker malt too). presario (4916) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 9, 2009
Spicy looking dark amber with lasting thin head. Aroma is very spicy with strong nutmeg and cinamon. Flavour is the same. Light malt and strong spice. Could almost be a pumpkin/fall beer rather than a winter ale......or both. 1L is a long night’s sipper.