atpayne (615) - Zionsville, Indiana, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Very clear light amber color. Mostly malty from carmel malts. The flavor is somewhat ballanced with malt and bitterness. A bit of a tacky malt feel and only a hint of malt sweetness. The offsetting hoppiness is fruity and does present a nice combination for the maltiness. Nice finish. Scubatrip (610) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2006
From the bottle, courtesy of Secret Santa, pours an opaque brownish color without much of a head. Aroma is not too potent, sweetly malty, just a bit of spices. Taste is malty, sweet, with notes of a few different spices and a hint of hops. Pretty refreshing brew, especially on a chilly evening. PGHbeer77 (571) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2012
12 oz. Bottle from Jamil. One of the worst offerings from this usually stellar brewer. This wasn’t bad. It was just a subpar Christmas Ale. Nothing special here. Apricot odd faint scent. Big white head over a bronze, clear pour. Light and crisp. Grain flavor to light spice and that apricot fruity flavor. Pershing (565) - Garland, Texas, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Clear amber with a small white head. Aroma of malt and spice. Medium body and carbonation with some noticeable spice and hop bitterness. Finishes slightly sweet. Above average Christmas ale. Alldaydrinker (559) - Norwood, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 27, 2007
Courtesy of Zinister! Pours a ruby amber colour with a lively active carbonation bubbles. Fizzy off white head that dissapated to slight ring instantly. Nose of sweet syrupy candy malts, dark fruits, caramel and mild spice. Initial taste coats your mouth with a velvety syrupy sweet malt touch. The very malty character displays some caramel and strawberry artificial candy. The fizzy mouthfeel draws the flavor away. Finishing with a tangy spice and whisky warming overlay. Palate duration is average. Medium body. Overall interesting brew.
thooper41 (556) - BELGIUM - JAN 31, 2015
12 oz bottle: Appearance is golden brown with off white head. Aroma of malt and some hops and spices. Taste is a slight complexity of hops malt and spices. JJClark (551) - Roscoe, Illinois, USA - JAN 14, 2007
Bottle from trade with the_lutheran. Thanks Peter! Pours a copper color with a frothy off white head. Aroma of spices, malt and caramel. Taste is slightly sweet with a nice hop under tone along with a hint of fruit. Finishes with a smooth malt flavor.Good beer. 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! Cajun (534) - Lafayette, Louisiana, USA - MAR 27, 2016
12 oz bottle - Pours deep amber. Nose of spice and dark malt. Flavor of malted grain and leather, with some spice... cloves... vanilla...alcohol... and toasted nuts. 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!