Barleymancer (1) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 20, 2011 does not count
Vintage November 20th, 2011.
Amber beer, hazy pour. Relatively clear liquid, minimal head. Very spicy, malty aroma. Heavy sweetness. Full bodied. Sticky texture. Low carbonation. Long, sweet finish.
This is the maltiest, sweetest beer I have ever had. This is a malt slap in the face. This is malty Christmas in a glass. rdbret (2) - , Florida, USA - SEP 1, 2008 does not count
Very festive beer. Has a big aroma with cinnamon, spice and pumpkin notes. Tastes of orange peel and cardamon and maybe a bit of cloves and ginger. It has a copper-brick color and it tastes through with a bit of sweetness and toastiness that remains on the palate. A very nice drinking beer. Gunfighter (5) - Kansas, USA - DEC 23, 2015 does not count
Poured out of a 12 oz bottle in a Sam Adams glass.
Aroma is very sweet with notes of cinnamon and ginger.
Appearance is a dark reddish brown.
Taste hits with a malty sweetness right off the bat. A very nice mix of spices quickly puts the malts in the backseat of this beer’s experience. Cinnamon, ginger, and allspice come through as the dominant taste in this brew. Others have mentioned gingerbread, and something similar to gingerbread does catch an end note for this beer, but it is not the prominent flavor.
Palate: Would appeal to a wide variety of craft beer drinkers I believe. Not a strong hop presence, but that isn’t a key part of this style. The balance of malt and spices is well put together in this beer without the need for a strong blast from any hop varieties. Hop heads should find satisfaction elsewhere.
Overall; this beer is a solid Christmas Ale that I would drink again given the chance. Boomersmancave1 (133) - Wheatland, Indiana, USA - DEC 16, 2014
Received 6 pack as gift. Not a bad one either. Nose is a little heavy on the nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon but not overpowering. Pour is Dark Amber with a light tan head. Taste is of nutmeg, caramel and malt. Finish of winter spices and fruits. Pretty good beer. ads135 (4607) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 2, 2016
Easily one of the best Christmas beers and one I can reliably expect my parents to be well-stocked in over the holidays. Very nice balance of thick spiciness with mellow sweetness.
REDDOGICE (243) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 30, 2009
This is a very delicious holiday ale. Drink this at Room temp, for if you do not, then you will get a cough syrup taste to it. At room temperature, the beer has an extreme bakeshop smell, as though you were buying Christmas Cookies. The taste is spicy, and I detected cloves and citrus. ARMed (625) - Garnet Valley, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 8, 2013
This beer certainly needs to get a little praise. The aroma smells like plum sugar candy with a perfect malty nutmeg finish. The taste is like drinking a sugar plum candle. The 8% alcohol is exceptionally hidden and the warmth of the finish is both soothing and wantingly inviting. Perfect finish with a perfect palate.
One that cant be missed if you have the opportunity to drink it! sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 26, 2006
Nice effort. Pours a nice reddish-copper with a medium-to-thin head. Aroma is like a very, very yeasty gingerbread man. Almost too yeasty. Flavor is full, caramel, toffee, maple syrup (think Mary Janes or Squirrel Nut Zippers), followed by ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. A very candy-like beer, appropriate flavors for the holiday, and a very nice alcohol buzz. Good stuff, right there with the pumpkin. NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 16, 2011
Very nice brew. Perfect for colder evenings. Lots of spice character to this one, I definitely get the orange peel and clove on the nose. That follows through on the palate as well. Finish is long and complex with flavors lingering on the tongue. Nice beer here. Definitely something I look forward to every holiday season. chawkfan (27) - USA - DEC 10, 2011
Really like the spice in this one. Malt come across very nicely. Orange peel and spice really add to the taste.