Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 26, 2002
Well I don't know what all you guys were thinkin' I think this is a very well done beer.
Aroma is spices and spruce. Pours dark brown with creamy head. It starts spicy, then becomes quite malty, with a nice hop bite at the end. The spruce, spicness lingers on the finish. Very enjoyable. UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 29, 2002
I really enjoyed this. Dark, rich, malty, and altogether tasty. I wouldn't mind a little less carbonation, but the beer overall was quite good. The ever-present ship on the label is covered in snow. How crafty! dlovell2 (2284) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2007
Amber with tan head. Malty fruity aroma. Nutty, fruity, malt start with alcohol bite and hoppy finish. sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - APR 4, 2009
nose is sweet and malty with a bit of spice hiding in there. pours dark amber with a small head. malt sweetness comes through first with a little hop bite and a nice nutty spice. light easy drinking seasonal. SanfordBrewer (1610) - Sanford, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2010
Lucent mahogany, thin beige head, syrupy full body, medium-high carbonation.
J_man (1022) - Tustin, California, USA - DEC 17, 2011
Aroma: toffee, alcohol, spray paint, leafy hops.
Taste: lots of caramel and toffee, some chocolate malt, some leafy hop bitterness, fruity brandyish alcohol, and a slight vegetal note.
Sweet but fairly balanced. Lots of complex ale yeast character. Sure beats all those nutmeg and cinnomon holiday beers. Like an english version of samichlaus.
Creamy malt aromas with wooden overtones float off a beautiful, crystal clear deep copper/amber body with an initially foamy white head that recedes eventually to a wispy layer. Definitely malt driven (as it should be), there’s an overtone of nuttiness followed by caramel, light molasses, and a bit of raisin and dark fruit. Good, earthy hop bitterness balances this out and ties up each sip perfectly. Leaves on a slightly (and delicious) bitter note with some lightly charred wood. Excellent winter ale! hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 4, 2004
Crystal clear, mahogany ale. Small, creamy, white head.
The nose is of cocoa, grapefruit rind and alcohol. Flavor has good balance with bursts of chocolate, pineapple... banana split. Also notes of booze, pine nuts and macadamia nuts. Medium-bodied with a fizzy mouthfeel. Crisp, dry finish. Well-bittered. Cletus (6368) - Connecticut, USA - FEB 11, 2005
I bought the last 2 22 oz bottles of this on sale at my favorite package store for the lofty price of 99 cents a bottle. I figured if nothing else, the price was right. I was pleasantly surprised with this nice brew. Pours a rich dark red with a decent smallish brown head. Taste of hops with some musky undertones. Hints of holiday spices and caramel are definitely present. I’ll definitely seek this one out next Christmas season. ruggedman (647) - Portland, Maine, USA - MAY 31, 2005
Excellent winter time beer. Dark reddish color with a smallish tan head. Toffee caramel taste with a hint of cognac flavors present. Hop intensive aftertaste, i’d say this is an excellent choice for a winter brew.