Chalumeaux (1850) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 26, 2017 chalicemaster (112) - Ohio, USA - APR 23, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a dark red, almost no head. On the nose it’s a typical christmas ale, but the taste is a little bit more than that. There’s a very pleasant balance of cinnamon and pine. People who don’t like christmas ales to taste like a spice cabinet probably won’t like this. Where this ale lets itself down, however, is in the complete lack of aftertaste. You get the nice mix of flavour on your tongue but it just fades into mild malt in the finish. A real missed opportunity because the initial sips are arguably better than Great Lakes Christmas Ale. It just overwhelms the tastebuds and leaves you unable to really enjoy it beyond a certain point.
Poured from bottle thanks jsquire brown amber with a thin off white head. Aromas of spices caramel and pumpkin. Taste is caramel malt sweet potatoe and lingering spices. Needs less sweetness and more carbonation. unclefrito62 (382) - Stow, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2016
12 ounce bottle. Average in smell You can smell the spices. Darker auburn in color with a medium white head. Taste of pumpkin and spices, light carbonation, medium mouth fell. Smooth on the palate. Overall the is a nice beer, but seems more suited for the autumn. superspak (6236) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2016
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent seasonal release. Pours slightly hazy reddish copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of roast, raisin, toffee, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/bready malt, honey, and spice notes; with great strength. Taste of big caramel, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, brown bread, and toasted biscuit; with light notes of roast, raisin, toffee, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, brown sugar, honey, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, brown bread, biscuit, toffee, and herbal/toasted earthiness earthiness on the finish for a while. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and spice flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance, and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Light dryness from spice as well. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very smooth, creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Minimal warming alcohol for 8%. Overall this is a great spiced amber ale! All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/bready malt, honey, and spice flavors; very smooth and easy to drink for the ABV. Extremely similar to the other popular NE Ohio Christmas ales. A very enjoyable offering. Cousin_Larry (895) - - DEC 24, 2015
Really nice winter brew with ginger spice. Usually I am not the biggest fan of lagers but this one is special. Good fit for the holidays. jsquire (4677) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Muddy dark amber with almost no carbonation. Sweet nose with the promise of nutmeg and cinnamon. This is a sweet beer with lots of honey, pie crust, and the cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger spice expected in a spiced Christmas ale. The lack of carbonation is an issue. I had hoped for better.
bnokk (548) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2015
APPEARANCE - Dark amber, white head that dissipates pretty quickly.
NOSE - Spicy, yet some malty sweetness.
FLAVOR - it?s pretty good, feels like it?s attempting to be some of the more recognizable Christmas ales.
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - AUG 5, 2014
Christmas in July! (August, actually.)
Aroma: Honey and orange aromas--a bit heavy, though.
Appearance: Dark brown with a nice, tan head.
Taste: Light sweetness with a heavy sourness.
Palate: Medium body, slick texture, soft carbonation, long sour finish.
Overall: Yech. Tastes like sour honey. Poorly done. cheap (6217) - CHINA - FEB 25, 2014
From a bottle but I must say I am not one for spiced winter beers. Dark pour. Smell is somewhat sweet laiden with winter spice. Typical spiced up higher alky flavored winter beer. A little rude on the finish but certainly has lots of that spicey personality if you like that kind of thing. ChrisFields (99) - Ashtabula, Ohio, USA - JAN 16, 2014
Pours amber with a thin head. Aroma is some malt, then heavy ginger and cinnamon spice. Taste is largely the same, mostly holiday spice with some sweet malt flavor. Overall not terrible but not really my thing. Dal9000 (674) - Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2013
Pours dark almost black with a thin tan head. Pumpkin spice and coriander and anise spices. Bold immediate spice aroma and taste. Very nice.
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