GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - FEB 1, 2011
Pours ruby brown with off-white head and foamy lacing. Floral and cereal notes. Well balanced taste with a nutty aftertaste. natejgood (510) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - NOV 22, 2007
The beer pours a redish brown color. It smells both malty and hoppy with some spices in the background. It has a grassy, bitter taste with some roasted coffee in the background. There might be a hint of citrus flavor as well. This beer has a lot of flavor for a winter/holiday beer. It’s good if you like it, but it might be a little busy for others. gpekar (497) - Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
Poured a clear dark copper with some red tint. There was a tall foamy tan head that became more creamy as it reduced to about 1". The aroma had molasses and a bit of a red wine tartness. The beer was lightly on the dry side with a nice hop bite with some citrus notes coming through after the intial tasting. The middle is slightly fruity with a good bit of malt for balance. The finish is on the dry side with a nice mild hops bitterness and a hint of spice. MadMan (495) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - JAN 10, 2008
Bottle. 2007. Pours a darker amber with medium beige head. Aroma is malty, slightly sweet and caramelly. Flavor is moderately sweet, with some caramel and mabye hint of chocolate. Just a hint of spice and a medium toasty finish. Did not impress me much but not the worst of the winter seasonals. tekstr1der (490) - New Hampshire, USA - DEC 28, 2016
Dark brown pour with thin tan top that fades to a ring. Aroma of cooked sugar, dark bread, and a slightly spicy booze. Flavor is very similar and that’s a good thing. Semisweet, malty with a fairly clean, semi-dry finish. Never bitter, and as most other reviewers have mentioned, most importantly none of the flavor is overdone. Very enjoyable.
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 7, 2011
On tap. Pours a deep, clear brown. Like all Shipyard beers, this one had too much hop flavor for me that covered up the malt. TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - DEC 9, 2004
Sweet smell. spices in the nose too. Weird taste, like christmas air freshner. lots of ginger and hops. Got quite hoppy in there too. Bottle was a goddamn year old, but it wasnt tainted or stale. mribm (462) - Ocala, Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2007
Beer # 400! Not quite what I expect from a winter / holiday beer. Slightly malty taste up front with a slightly hoppy finish. Nothing really special in the taste, aroma or appearance. Pretty much just an average beer. Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - APR 4, 2002
Other than the nasty aftertaste it’s not horrible per se. The flavor is actually somewhat pleasant and fruity. timsilvia32 (449) - from Michigan now in Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 20, 2008
Fairly dark clear amber pour. Cream head. Malty aroma, sweet and roast, some spice. Surprisingly solid medium body. Malty, caramel/toffee with nice spice and christmas sugar cookie accents. Not as much hop presence as some Christmas ales, which I found nice. Clean finishing and very drinkable. I wasn’t quite sure what to expect with this and was pleasantly surprised.