ilherps (249) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - FEB 22, 2008
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2008 Bottled 10/30/07, tasted 2/22/08. Poured reddish- amber with an off white head which went away quickly, also lots of sediment. Spicy, with a hint of cinnamon on the nose. Tastes mildly hoppy with orange zest and spicy hops in the finish. I enjoyed this beer. beastiefan2k (4191) - HdG (past: NYC, KS, Rain City), Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2008
The beer pours a beautiful dark amber color with a medium strong head. Its an extremely hazy beer with little clarity. This is almost a year old bottle and it seems to work very well. The strong spices are apparent with lots of orange coming through. Lots if clove and nutmeg as well. The malts are just slightly aged with some British ESB like flavors coming off. Combines very well with a sweet biscuit and spices into a fruit cake type of a brew. Loving it.sebletitje (10477) - Enghien, BELGIUM - NOV 30, 2008
12oz bottle, bottled on Oct 31, 2007, Regenboog Chalice glass.
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Pours orange/brown with tan head.
Aroma was loaded with nice piney hops. It almost felt like taking a walk in a pine forest, the aroma was that strong.
Taste is hoppy, comes off well balanced with the malts and some spices (cinnamon).
Really loved this one. bluejacket74 (1996) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - JAN 22, 2010
12 ounce bottle, bottled on 11/12/2009. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear amber color with about a half inch off-white head. Lacing and head retention are both decent. Aroma is very sweet and spicy, I can smell cloves, cinnamon, orange peel, and some ginger. It tastes pretty much the same as it smells, but the clove flavor is the strongest. Also, I think it tastes more spicy than sweet. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a bit coating and is well carbonated. Drinkability is good, the alcohol in this brew is well hidden. However due to the amount of spice in this beer, I don’t think I could drink more than 2 or 3 of these at a time. With that being said, I think this is a good overall brew, and I’ll have to pick some more up next year. ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2010
Poured a clear dark amber with a thin white head which has nice sticky lacing. Aroma is heavy on spice, coriander and nutmeg... all things Christmas. The taste is heavy on the cloves, nutmeg and the spicy hops, which certainly linger quite a bit on the palate. Body is medium. This is an excellent example of a Christmas beer. Recommended to be enjoyed by a light Christmas Tree and or lit fireplace on a cold winter night.
HopKitty (59) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 12, 2010
This beer is glowing amber with a slight pinkish hue. It smells like orange fanta. The taste is quite citrusy, I do detect the orange peels. It;s like the pumpkin ale but a bit lighter. I can’t stop drinking it. SPDickerman (1315) - Texas, USA - DEC 19, 2010
UPDATED: APR 8, 2011 Pours clear copper to amber with a small white head. Smells of Christmas spices and cloves with some hoppy undertones. Tastes strongly of cloves and spicy hops, hardly malty at all. Full-bodied with a smooth texture and average, active mouth carbonation, Schlafly Christmas Ale finishes lightly spicy and doesn’t last too long. This is a good beer, but I didn’t like it very much; notice the distinction. dimenhetfield (2554) - , Florida, USA - JAN 19, 2011
12oz bottle. Appearance is light brown with little to no foam. Slight oily lacing. Aroma of spices and christmas tree, literally. Flavor is packed with ginger, spice , and nutmeg. Great beer. Elwood (3347) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - MAR 22, 2011
Serving: 12 oz. bottle from State Line Liquors. It pours a clear amber color with a foamy, light tan head. There seems to plenty of spirited carbonation in this one. The nose is malty and bready, reminding me of spice cake. The flavor is definitely malt forward with nice bread and toast notes, spices like nutmeg, mace, and cinnamon, and a slight hop bitterness. Medium bodied with slightly higher than average carbonation leading to a surprisingly dry finish. This is one tasty holiday brew! Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 12, 2011
I really enjoyed this beer. Found it on my recent trip to Corral Liquors in Granite City, IL. A hint of spice with a smooth middle and nice finish. I tried it because I hadn’t rated a seasonal Schlafly before. Would stock this if I lived closer.