holdenn (2116) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 5, 2007
12 oz bottle thanks to an extra by lb4lb. Pours a clear red/amber with a white head that fades over time. Nose is malty. Candy, red fruit, a hint of chocolate and malt notes that remind me of cheap whiskey. Fruity flavors, a little too sweet. Cherry, pale malts with a touch of alcohol warmth. Almost no spice for a Christmas ale. Meh. ok. ilikestuff (224) - Irving, Texas, USA - DEC 4, 2007
A hearty strong ale, but a bit off balance. They need to back off on the hoping a bit, and this coming from an IIPA lover. It adds just a little much to the already very bold malt flavor and alcohol warmth. Pours a deep golden color with a nice white head do the the high carbonation levels, also detracting from the palate. All in all, a good winter warmer, but not balanced well enough. tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Bottle from lb4lb. Aroma of sweet and grainy malt with some clove spiciness. Pours nice, clean amber. The flavor seems a bit odd to me. A big grain characteristic at first, some spice midpalate and then finishes with a sharp alcoholic hotness. Just a bit out of balance with the flavors not integrating all that well. Medium bodied with lively carbonation. Thanks Deniz! mar (5423) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2007
nice dark amber pour with a small cream colored head. the smell is mostly malts but it’s very unique. it’s thick but it’s more of a perfect thickness. tastes great as well. DrZao (128) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 18, 2007
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2008 Dark amber with big foamy head. Unique malty aroma...I didn’t find it stale, but rather estery malt, like buttered biscuits. Flavor is dominated by malt, with a hint of banana/ester fruitiness and some unique "spice". Herbal hops are very mild, and the aftertaste is smooth and malty. A retasting of the draft version &#40;2008 batch&#41; makes me rate the palate higher as it is very nice and smooth. The flavor and overall impression are also much higher. I was quite impressed.
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2007
11-5-07 bottle. Translucent ruby red with foamy head. Stale malt funk. Not a strong or pleasant smell. Difficult to swallow - not an enjoyable flavor for me. It seems to just attack the taste buds and mouth. Alcohol in the aftertaste - which is perhaps the most pleasant aspect of what otherwise may be a dreadful aftertaste. ilovedarkbeer (2742) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2007
Kinda lame. Pours a deep amber brown color. Smells like malt and stale hops. Taste is like an american amber plus some strange spices. Weak ale. dyetube (1378) - Hurst, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2007
This beer pours a deep amber color with a thin tan head leaving no lacing down the sides. The smell is kinda of musty, like an old ale or something. Can’t really place it. But It is very interesting. The flavors are not very complex but it does have a good warming sensation and spicy mouthfeel to it. This is an intriguing beer! Cheers redgold07 (308) - Irving, Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Pretty dang good... a little bit sweet, masks the higher alcohol content. Definite malt flavor as well. Good looking beer as well... nice full brown color.
12 oz.. bottle. BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2007
This beer struck me as being overly light for a Christmas beer, and is rather thing from a mouthfeel perspective. This beer also struck me as overly light in hoppiness, and a bit unbalanced in terms of too much malted milk ball character.
Beer pours a sparkling amber color with excellent head formation (cumulus and towering and composed of tiny bubbles). Aroma is lightly fruity hoppiness with too much maltiness for my liking. Mouthfeel is rather flat. Flavor is a light sweet maltiness with a whiff of sweet hoppiness. I’m not really impressed with this beer.
Not really recommended, but not too bad (can’t say too much negative about it).