superspak (6204) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - DEC 16, 2017
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, best before 1/29/2018. Pours lightly hazy/cloudy golden amber/light orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and rocky off white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of caramel, golden raisin, pear, red apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of spices, brown sugar, bready malt, and light fruity yeast notes; with great strength. Taste of big cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, and grass; with lighter notes of caramel, golden raisin, pear, red apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, clove, honey, brown sugar, toasted biscuit, herbal, floral, grass, golden raisin, pear, red apple, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Great complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, brown sugar, bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/spiciness. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately bready/grainy/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 7.5%. Overall this is an excellent winter warmer. All around great complexity, robustness, and balance of spices, brown sugar, bready malt, and light fruity yeast flavors; very smooth and easy to drink with the mellowly bitter/spicy finish. Nearly identical to the other popular Xmas ales from Ohio. Perfectly balanced bready malts/spices, with some mild complementing English yeast fruitiness. A very enjoyable offering, and spot on style example. Dogbrick (14294) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 3, 2017
On draught at Old Skool. The beer is a dark amber color with a thin off-white head that diminishes quickly to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of malt, spice and fruit. Medium body with flavors of roast malt, cinnamon, caramel and a touch of hops. The finish is malty with a ginger and cinnamon aftertaste. Decent overall. williamstome (2038) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Amber pour, off white head. Aroma is toasted malt, dried fruits, spices. Nice malty flavor, lightly spiced. OPIE788 (336) - Ohio, USA - NOV 19, 2014
On tap a the brewery. Poured light golden color. Wasn’t expecting that from a christmas beer. Really easy drinking. Has all the flavors of the holiday season without being overpowering like most of the other festive beers. Definitely check it out. Brigadier (3780) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2014
On tap in Cleveland (OH)
jmikolich (1486) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2012
My last sample in a flight at Nano Brew was a beer from just down the street. Similar to style to the house beers, which is not surprising as they are owned by the same people, this started out well. Unfortunately the promise did not hold up. Next year’s batch needs some major tweaking.
Aroma / Appearance - A semitransparent caramel base is warm with a mild white fringe. Sweet gingerbread, rye, and barren fields in the dead of winter are suitably seasonal although the combination does have some flaws.
Flavor / Palate - Nutty gingerbread cookies tickle the palate. Almost immediately though it becomes sticky rye. Like the second runnings of a batch of Great Lakes Christmas Ale this shows flashes of being good but then fails to deliver. There’s no reason to order this around town unless you want the third best Christmas ale in the block.
Tap at bier markt, nose is okay nothing standout but the taste is a blend of formaldehyde and acetone with a nasty drying from the spice. Nope JaBier (8396) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - DEC 11, 2012
Sample at Market Garden on 12/1/12. Clear amber pour with a medium off-white head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, allspice and malt. Ginger and malt flavor with some cinnamon and dankness before a spicy finish. DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
This beer pours a hazy orange yellow color with thin white lacing. Cinnamon on the nose along with a little pine. There is definitely a Christmas tree feeling to this beer (certainly in a good way). A solid little winter seasonal that certainly reminds ones-self of Christmas.