AndresTM (434) - Texas, USA - DEC 10, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 12, 2012 Great aroma, teeming with dark fruits, caramel, and floral hops, which results in a very Christmas-evoking sensation. I even got some Gummi Bear, which just adds to the awesomeness of it. The taste is a bit more one-dimensional, albeit still good, with hops taking the lead and the malt-derived sweet notes in the background. I want to give this another try. Terminus (3683) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 30, 2011
tap at The Hoppy Monk El Paso TX-Pours dark orange with a small spritzy off-white head. nose of dark fruits, spice and lite floral notes but not from hops. flavors have a mineral metallic note-is this an issue with east texas water? I dont get it. However, i dont get this mineral note from beers brewed in Austin. SOme spice but i cant really peg-allspice? kind of a soft palate and lite body from the abv not bad but not great. tx77573 (9) - Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2011 does not count
Very tasty beer. Bottle Pours clear sorta orange brown. Goes down smooth with a long finish. Gets easier to find every year. Tabednar (139) - - NOV 19, 2011
11.18.2011 - Houston, TX
Very good Christmas ale. Interesting that they would make a English Strong Ale for the holiday brew. I prefer their Christmas stout myself but they are in totally different categories. dfinney23 (3278) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2011
Pours orange amber with a thin head. Nice spice and malt aroma. Flavor is caramel and spices. Once again, I’ll probably run out of these before Christmas.
fiveacestx (970) - Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2011
Bottle. Pours deep clear red with a thin tan head and lots of carbonation. Has a malty sweet taste, a medium mouthfeel and a spicy finish. Pretty good. nuplastikk (6289) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2011
12oz shorty bottle. Orange-tan with a thin, creamy off-white head. This is quite different than your typical US XMAS beer in that it is quite drinkable and sessionable, Still displays some fruitcake spice characteristics, but the malts are clean and smooth. This is really well done, I look forward to trying more beers from Saint Arnold. Medium bodied despite the rather big ABV. Smooth sweet finish, mild mead characteristics, but in no way overbearing. Awesome beer. DANEgerous (96) - Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2011
Aroma: Fantastically fragrant nice notes of toasty wheat, floral hops, slight under tones of spice, choclate and a sweet soda like flavor.
Appearance: Deep rich amber with a descent pale tan foam
Taste: Deep rich full all with balance of hops and sweet malt notes, it is broken up from being overly heavy with notes sweet caramel.
Overall: Fantastic and with rather local distribution and a seasonal availability I say grab a sixer spark up a nice fire and grab a friend get toasty while getting toasted on a cold day. onceblind (9700) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 24, 2011
On tap at Russo’s Pizza on hwy 290 @ West Rd, Houston. Clear orange amber, thin laceful head. Nice malty aroma of pale malt, nice chewy cereal grains, a tad bit of honey and dark fruit. Taste was much the same to my delight. Nice chewy cereal malt, a bit of honey, raisin, subtle winter spice tones, pretty sweet but adequately balanced, finished dark fruity cereal grainy. Nicely done. AWMiller (512) - Mansfield, Texas, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Gotta love Christmas in July!! First things first … this brew is way easy on the drink-ability scale! So pace yourself when you have some! Definitely a brew to stock up on during the summer to let age until winter rolls around (but have a few between now and then)! This is one classy brew in its style or category. When compared to other strong ales (e.g. winter warmers), this one is going to be on the lighter end of the scale but still provides one with a very rich and flavorful body and taste. There are a lot of Christmas-y flavors in this brew and it had a few Christmas carols roaming through my head even in the heat of summer! I’m thinking of pairing this up with some stuffed Cornish game hens in the winter!