Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 12, 2005
Courtesy of kaggie97. Pours deep copper with wispy film for head. Fruit up front, prune/plum with cherry, some background spice, subdued. Flavor starts with all dark fruit, fades to peachy/apricot, and finishes with a slightly spicey malt sweetness. Oily/sticky mouthfeel. Very good beer, I wish I could score it higher. 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. PhillyBeer2112 (2815) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - JUN 28, 2008
Courtesy peter, poured a reddish amber, smallish head. Rich figgy apricot marmalade aroma, some spicy hops. Flavor was drier than expected, less fruity, more bready, with hints of cocoa and tobacco. Curious. Full finish. Great as a Christmas beer, odd on a 90 deg Florida afternoon while grilling! hopeye101 (45) - Draughthouse, Texas, USA - AUG 3, 2008
Just picked up a sixer from the Christmas in July release.
Pours a light head - about 1/2 finger.
Smell is subtle - spicy , some clean hops.
Taste. nice and slippery in the mouth. I can taste the spice (nutmeg?).
Wonderful moutfeel. just the right amount of carbonation.
Drinkability. This beer is dangerous. Extremely easy drinking for an 8% abv.
Quite an interesting beer to drink in the summertime -- when it’s 105 outside. A nice break from the hop monsters that I usually crave in the summer.
Serving type: bottle
ARoo (2) - San Antonio, USA - AUG 24, 2008 does not count
Highly recommended by Grapevine Market in Austin, TX. Color of a 2000 penny with an off white medium lasting head. A light creamy texture with just a slight aroma of a caramel covered toast. A brown sugar taste with an average finish. With a Saint Nicholas like guy on the bottle, I’m sure to buy during Christmas with the in-laws.
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. 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 BrewingFan (251) - Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
Pours dark reddish amber with a nice layer of head. Aroma of alcohol, caramel, nuts, and spruce. Medium body, creamy, and full of malt with some warming alcohol. Nice warm up on a cold day. Overall it is a very well done strong ale, wish more breweries would make them. 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. raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Really solid rendition, great balance and awesome body! Spice is lower for a holiday beer but still stands out as so. Go get some if you can!