VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 19, 2001
Head quickly dissipates on a gorgeous clear dark amber body. Warm alcohol fuzz on first sip with a mix of strawberries and green peas. Lightly thick with a nice spiciness. Balanced well with a mix of citric and piney hops. A brew that doesn’t attack your taste buds bud will deliver a subtle flavor that is a sipping pleasure. Kind of had a cognac like finish. Thanks legion242 for this most impressive seasonal. carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 13, 2003
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2009 *****Re-rating of 2009 batch, officially on sale at Spec’s in bottles. This is, to me, the best version of their Christmas Ale that I’ve tasted in years. I taste apples, clove, and less sugary sweetness, with more hoppy bitterness instead. I love it.
Pours a dark copper with a small head that dissipates. Aroma is hops and delicious malts of the, dare I say, barleywine variety. Flavor is similar to their brown ale, but with a bigger alcohol kick. Excellent balance of hops and malt. I will definitely seek out and purchase again. On sale for 5.99 for a six-pack. Worth the money! 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! johnnnniee (4312) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 23, 2011
Review from notes, sampled 1/23/2008
Received in a trade with RickSawyer. Thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a bright, crystal clear dark golden/amber with some red highlights when held to the light. Has a fluffy white head and lots ’o lacing. Beautiful color! Aroma is of caramel malts, and some nondescript spices. Taste is weak caramel malt and some grapefruit. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. Not a bad brew, could use some more malt and a bit more body. Didn’t really notice the 7%abv. Wordsworth (147) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 28, 2012
My favorite seasonal Christmas beer. A lightly sweet malty flavor with a hint of spicy hops. Goes down very smooth despite the high ABV. Great beer.
Rmorris007 (50) - - SEP 30, 2014
Ah, what to say about this beer... Went well with my Christmas dinner (not just because I had an open mind either). Thinking of brewing up a clone for the holiday season myself AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - DEC 27, 2001
Pretty strong ale. Very distinct sweet taste with definite citrus hops, hints of orange and strawberry. Powerful alcohol, perhaps throwing the overall impression a little off-balance. A good beer. jbrus (4990) - Delft, NETHERLANDS - MAR 10, 2003
Strong fruity aroma with raisin and hints of vanilla. Brown color, off-white head, fair lace. Smooth, sweet, fruity, little bitterness. Long lasting finish with raisin and a alcohol burn. Not bad at all. Reminded me of some good but macro ales from Belgium. jtxx (149) - san antonio, Texas, USA - NOV 30, 2005
Just a very very smooth beer. Light malt with some nice spices. not much head. alcohol is well hidden. alcamp99 (72) - McKinney, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Seasonal offering. Fortifying and full bodied. Slightly spicy and well balanced.
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