UXO (1896) - CANADA - DEC 28, 2014
Pours clear deep amber with a short, short-lived light tan head, no lacing. (3/5) Nose is bready malt, holiday spices, some roasty notes. (6/10) Taste is moderate sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Medium body, moderate to low sustained carbonation, and an off-dry bitter finish. (3/5)
Starts off a bit on the sweet side, but the malt kind of dies halfway through and leaves… well... not a lot backing it up. Spices are reasonably restrained, though, and it’s fairly drinkable. Serviceable but nothing too special. (12/20) steve1966 (131) - Florida, USA - DEC 27, 2014
Can’t believe I haven’t rated this. My holiday go to brew. Not overdone well balanced and you know what you are getting. Great lacing minimal head. Cinnamon ginger and toffee well done. AAEA (266) - California, USA - DEC 27, 2014
12 Fl OZ ($1.75) this was okay, nothing special. Came in a box set (winter) not my favorite box set they do. rjmc64 (36) - Deer Park, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2014
Poured from bottle. Amber with red highlights. 2 finger head that hangs around. Medium mouthfeel. Taste is first malty... especially caramel. Finished with Christmas spices. TheBeerbarian_ (7) - - DEC 20, 2014 does not count
Just might be the best brew Sam Adams has to offer, i just wish they sold em’ in sixers and twelves :(
gripweed57 (2460) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 19, 2014
12 ounce bottle. Copper brown color topped by a thick creamy beige head. Rich malty nose redolent of toffee and cinnamon. Smooth toasted malt flavor upfront. Spices come in but are not overpowering. Hints of orange peel and ginger blend nicely with the caramel malt notes. Very well done. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2014
Can not believe I have not rated this. Pours medium Amber, soap off white head. Malty body, balanced. Some peach skin as it warms. Medium body. beerbaaron (1998) - Arizona, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Clear ruby red amber. Slight tan head. Malty. Bready. Modestly spiced. More malty than spiced thankfully!! Smooth medium plus body. Easily one of the better holiday ales. scoth (685) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 8, 2014
Pours clear dark brown with a medium khaki head, good retention, very fine lacing. Aromas of toffee, toast, nutmeg, and ginger. Light body, smooth, creamy. Lightly sweet, gentle citrus, medium bitter finish. Very drinkable, the spices are light, it comes across as a lightly spiced brown ale. bnokk (535) - Lee, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 5, 2014
APPEARANCE – copper color & carmley.
NOSE - define spice, fairly muted
FLAVOR - some nice spice. oddish aftertaste - can’t put my finger on it.
NOTES - OK holiday ale. pretty good drinker, but it’s been surpassed by several new offerings.