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). AmEricanbrew (6878) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - NOV 7, 2007
12 oz. bottle from 2004. Pours a orange/amber hue with a slight head. Malty, spicy sweet smell. Medium to full bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Nice malty, spicy sweet and black pepper taste.
A very tasty, ultra smooth drinking brew. Jan 2005.
lb4lb (2587) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2007
Clear copper pour with an offwhite head. Metallic toffe malt aroma with a hint of spice as well. Taste is light toffee flavored malt again, with a light note of spices coming into the flavor as well and a light bitterness. Slightest hint of alcohol shows, but still very drinkable. Decent beer all around, but just not my favorite style. ucusty (2691) - raleigh, North Carolina, USA - NOV 4, 2007
pours a lovely shade of ruby, with a spicy hops aroma. Nice off white head a decent lacing. Taste is a clean malty flavor with a twist of toffee. Hoppy finish great beer for winter,alcohol is well masked. djd07 (14488) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 29, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2007 Bottle. Pours a dark ruby color with a small white head that diminishes quickly. The aroma is very sweet with spicy hops and pine. Decent lacing on this one. The taste is very smooth malt with a spicy finish and hides the alcohol well. Very easy to drink and a great winter brew. An excellent English Strong Ale from Saint Arnold.
MaltOMeal (1094) - Land of Sugar, Texas, USA - OCT 26, 2007
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2008 Finally arrived at stores this week! 12 oz bottle. Pours a clear brownish-red color with a thin, off-white head which dissipates very quickly, but not completely. Left a little lacing on the glass. Smell is of malts and some spice. Taste is slightly sweet because of the malt and can taste the spices, but not overwhelming. Some alcohol warmth in the chest after swallowing, but not too much.
Very pleasant brew, especially for a winter beer. Will definitely buy again. Ofortuna (322) - Grafton, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Nice amber hue, but a poor head and off smell of slight acidity. Uh oh. Some decent toffee notes through this layer of infection, with some added nice spiced cider aromas. Slightly leaning towards cloying, but overall if this weren’t infected would’ve been ok. kp (10882) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2009 Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2007
Date: March 20, 1997
Source: Houston Airport
Appearance: clear amber, whispy head
Aroma: cinamon aroma
Flavor: rich malt flavor with some spicy hints including cinamon, slight bitter finish
Date: June 07, 2006
sweet cinimon aroma,
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 5/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 10/20
Bottle thanks to David! Poured clear autumnal orange with a light ring and a dusting of white head. Aroma picked up toasty caramel and English toffee along with some alcohol and oxidation notes.. became a bit sharp as it warmed up. Flavor picked up some toffee again at the base with moderate floral hoppage and a large, ugly overriding slick alcohol and oxidation presence.. perhaps an old bottle? Slick on the palate, but tacky at times.. left a warm, rather sharp finish. May have to try this again sometime. graham515 (537) - Houston, Texas, USA - JUL 24, 2007
UPDATED: JUL 14, 2008 Bottle:12 oz, part of the Christmas in July release by the brewery. Pours a very deep mahogany into the glass with a small off white head. The aroma is very sweet and toasty with some pine-like hop scent. The flavor is very bold and sweet with honey and caramel notes, but is balanced nicely by the bitterness. The palate of this one was where I was surprised. Many St. Arnold brews have seemed a bit on the thin side to me, but this one has a nice full bodied, silky smooth mouthfeel. An excellent brew. Here’s to Christmas In July!