AndrewM (126) - Waco (Buckle of the Bible Belt), Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Pours coppery with no head. Aroma is raisiny fruit and fruitcake spices. Sweet and mild spices for flavor. Cold, it’s a bit watery, but warmed up slightly (per recommendation), it starts to bloom. From Spec’s in Conroe, TX. BgThang (126) - Texas, USA - APR 26, 2009
This beer is one of my favorites.
It pours a deep amber/ruby color and has a nice sublte hop nose to it.
it has hints of spice, cinnamon on the nose as well.
the taste is very nice. you can taste the spices in the beer.
I always buy 2-3 sixers when this comes out.
Does not age very well.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 04-09-2008 09:57:34 mothman (120) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - AUG 23, 2010
Poured into Sam Adams Sensory Glass. No freshness date. Bottem of cap read: Hop to it!
Pours a thin head that doesn’t last very long. Color is a hazy orange copper.
The aroma is of spices. A nut mag flavor is present. There also seems to be some cherry aromas floating around, as well as slight earthy hops.
The first thing I tasted in this beer was the hops. It tasted kind of like SN Celebration. The hops were very earthy, followed by holiday spices. There was also a vanilla flavor present.
Mouthfeel starts out bitter, like an ipa, but the gets really smooth. However, it leaves a dry aftertaste like an ipa.
Overall, this is a really easy to drink and at 7% I could easily session this beer. It is complex and has a lot of taste to it. I really like this winter beer.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 01-10-2009 05:32:26 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. BCMike22 (92) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 15, 2008
Poured into a Boulevard Bob’s ’47 pint glass. medium head, settles quickly. Golden brown with a red hue. Smells somewhat sweet with a hint of some spice that I can’t identify. Wow! Very full tasting and far reaching on the palate. Not overpowering, but full of flavor. Not really as sweet or spicy as I was expecting. TONS of flavors in there, but all somehow nicely balanced. Very tasty winter brew, highly rec’d.
aguyintx66 (90) - Nixa, Missouri, USA - DEC 14, 2008
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with a off white head. has a malty and fruity aroma. Smooth and thick on the palate. Malty and slightly bitter finish. A good holiday beer. ericwill99 (86) - Texas, USA - DEC 7, 2014
Aroma, flavor, malt, sweet, alcohol, ummm. I prefer hoppy beers, but this malty Christmas beer is very tasty. Signalwriter (86) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2010
On tap at Pappy’s Café – no pretension, lovely pour into the classic “frosty mug.” The color in a gold-orange; since the bar is having trouble with the draft set-up, there’s quite a bit of initial foam which quickly dissipates. The taste is medium sweet…caramel, toasty, a bit nutty – wonderful flavor in a Christmas seasonal, without being overt. The mouthfeel is creamy without chewiness. Above all: fresh! bostondoug1981 (85) - fort worth, Alabama, USA - MAR 4, 2010
from notes july 09 dark reddish orange pour lil tan to white head. lots of malt flavor with presense of citrusy hop flavor in the backin very enjoyable. only problem was last glass of the cask should of brought knife and fork cause it was a wee bit chewy. still one of my favorite st arnold brews Droptank (79) - Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 28, 2008
Amber, jolly , delicious and refreshing as hell in July. Kudos boys, Christmas in July has struck again. I thought the blend of caramel, malt, and even a bit of cinnamon were great.