Drjohnrock (761) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 6, 2010
Draft at tapping party at Christy’s Rathskellar. Dark amber color, unassuming aroma, tan head that slowly diminished with good lacing, sweet, well rounded malt flavor that thankfully wasn’t too heavy on the spices (a common problem with winter/Christmas beers). Much better than I remember it from when it was first introduced. Drake (13639) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 4, 2010
12 ounce bottle courtesy of alexdad06. Thanks! Pours a clear copper with a thin offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of toffee, caramel, citrus hops. Taste is toasted malts, caramel, green apple, spice, hoppy finish. Medium bodied, smooth and tasty. phaleslu (10099) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 2, 2010
12 oz. bottle from Bigg’s in Hyde Park. Pours a nice clear copper color with an inch-thick white head. Aroma of caramel malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, honey, hops, and floral notes. Flavor was sweet and lightly spiced, with honey, caramel malts, the same spices as above and maybe a little pepper to boot, and gingerbread. Light bodied, and too watery and thin on the palate- could have used some more body. Decent winter brew. Frank (4172) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 25, 2009
Nose is spicy, somehwat reminiscent of a hefe but the color is a pale amber and completely clear w/ a giant foamy head that wanes to a quarter inch of tight bubbles. Palate is very pleasant and creamy w/ a perfect amount of carbonation. Unfoturanetely, this is kind of hard to reconcile w/ the metallic bitterness in the finish. Lyncham (251) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 5, 2009
Not a bad Christmas Beer. The malt is a bit chocolate and roasted in flavor, the balance is sweet and spicy. To carbonation is a bit too high.
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2009
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark glowing reddish brown with a small off white head. Aroma is very sweet and sugary cookie like malts. Very festive holiday doughy and a little bit spicy ginger, cinnamon. Flavor starts with a very subdued spiciness that is barely present over the malt. Picks up a sweet fruitcake sugar malt character. Finishes just slightly bitter with some light crisp hops. Medium bodied and tingling carbonation. Nice winter ale, well balanced and not overly spiced Dandeman321 (11) - Ohio, USA - DEC 2, 2009
Good ale taste. Great color and appearance. Tasted good but I’ve had better Christmas ales. ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, bright but deep amber body with a modest, off-white head. Tis’ the season!
Smell: Malts display moderate scents of toasted bread and nuts while the hops give off some earthy, spicy notes.
Taste: Pale malts with some toasty, biscuity, and even nutty hints and a relatively light sweetness. Faint hint of fruitiness. Earthy, spicy hops impart no more than a light bitterness. It effectively finishes crisp and dry with a bit of those spicy hops riding out into the aftertaste.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It’s all kinds of okay! This one makes for simple, easy drinking for wintertime or really any time of the year. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 31, 2009
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - AUG 11, 2009
Date: August 08, 2009
Source: Tasting, Ticker
Appearance: clear dark amber, short lived fine beige head, streaks of lace
Aroma: sweet earthy caramel aroma, touch of fruityness, balancing earthyness, light spicyness
Flavor: sweet caramel flavor, touch of fruity candy sweetness, light balancing spicy earthyness
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 7/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
12oz twist-off bottle. Aroma of musty basement. Butter toffee. Flavor is buttery malts. Stale malts. Perfect beer to watch a sunset with.