basaywhat (288) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 8, 2017 satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. aroma is strong standard CCC style american hopping, chinook coming later with more savory, non-citrus, darker note. heavy grains top off, good balance here. wood bark, tree sap, roasted lemons. hints of spice meld well but remain subtle due to natural similarities in hopping and grain bill. appearance burnished amber, good nucleation, ring with tiny legs and diminishing island head. flavor has still more subtle xmas spice and more malt forward, entirely pleasing and balanced. a rare good use of spice, refusing to overpower.
12 oz can. Pours a nice amber mahogany brown color with a nice head. Nose is sweet and spicy with ginger and cinnamon. Taste is a little hoppy with orange citrus and full of flavor. Finish is fruity and sweet. Drjohnrock (805) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 25, 2017
From draft flight at BIERmarkt USA on January 14, 2017. Red/amber color, nice fruit/hop nose, good bittersweet flavor with caramel and dark fruit. Isn’t overloaded with spice like a lot of Christmas beers. Good change of pace holiday brew. phranq (249) - - JAN 25, 2017
Pours clear copper. Smell is sweet malt faint fruit and spice. Clean crisp body, pine fruit resin taste, nice finish shigadeyo (3749) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 21, 2017
Evergreen/pine and citrus hops in the aroma; cloudy orange color with lasting ivory-colored head; lots of spruce and ginger with some pine hops and a subtly aggressive bitterness, bitter peel in the finish and afertaste; medium to medium-full body, smooth texture; pretty good holiday brew that has a good balance of spice and hops, although i would have preferred slightly more pine/spruce and slightly less ginger, definitely different than many holiday brews. Slipstream (2651) - USA - JAN 14, 2017
Draft at Dinosaur Bbq. I always try the ones with crazy names. Lightly spicy ale, some sweetness, and a yeasty, bready flavor. The holiday spices are lacking - maybe it is not fresh and the flavor faded, or they held back the spicing in this batch. This didn’t really move me much.
Finhead (1770) - OFallon, Illinois, USA - JAN 8, 2017
Clear, amber pour with a frothy, off-white head. The aroma is a little spicy with notes of ginger. It has a medium body with slightly sticky texture and average carbonation. The taste is bittersweet with a lingering finish. jflopsu (1626) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 16, 2016
Pours a clear amber with light tan head. A sweet caramel, malt and winter since aroma. A sweet winter spices taste with pine, hops, and sweet malts. A lingering winter spice aftertaste. hivemind (916) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 13, 2016
12.13.2016 Can at home from Whole Foods Billyburg Pours a dark purply-copper amber with giant eggshell head into shaker. Bread and veggie scents. Malt-forward palate with notes of plant and some dark grains. Not a lot of the holiday spice flavor that I would expect from a Christmas brew (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, etc.) so it fell a little flat for me although I do get some of the orange if I look for it. hainer (20) - New York, USA - DEC 12, 2016
Just on the right side of too much of everything - except maybe for carbonation. The beer pours a nice, not too opaque, amber. Taste starts with a strong dose of ginger but that spice doesn’t overstay its welcome, or overpower the citrusy, herbal hints. A well done trick, perfect for the season. Chalumeaux (1570) - Middleton, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Poured from can ruby red with a nice tan head. Aromas of spices bread caramel malt and cookies. Taste is caramel spices linger breads and grain.