pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012ManVsBeer (10266) - Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire, ENGLAND - JUN 20, 2017
Aroma: Lots of spices--ginger, cinnamon, etc.--with hints of honey and caramel.
Appearance: Clear dark amber with a thick, tan head.
Taste: Light sweetness with a light bitterness in the finish. Very well balanced.
Palate: Light-medium body, slick texture, average carbonation, sweet finish.
Overall: Iím not blown away, but Iím not disappointed. Itís not as heavy or overspiced as a lot of other holiday beers, so thatís good, but it also seems a little underdeveloped, flavorwise.
Bottle from Swing Bridge Beer & Wine, Surf City, North Carolina. Amber-brown with no head. Sweet and spicy, although neither are too overbearing. Good winter ale with a small strength to it. MrHangover (4442) - Den Haag, NETHERLANDS - MAY 14, 2017
Bottle. Pours a clear orange beer with a big off white head on top. Aroma is massive herbal, lots of spices, cinnamon, honey and nutmeg and all those spices overwhelm the palate. Very herbal, lots of Christmas stuff going on for sure, not much else. Nice beer, a bit unbalanced. jflopsu (1592) - New Jersey, USA - FEB 22, 2017
Pours a reddish-brown with tan head. A winter spice (cinnamon and nutmeg) aroma. A sweet taste of winter spices, cinnamon, and caramel malts a sweet winter spice aftertaste. nealblind (1849) - Seattle, Alabama, USA - JAN 14, 2017
red brown clear pour aroma bready ginger honey cookies. Tastes sweet bready honey ginger. slight bitterness comes through but itís sorta detached from sweetness. Travlr (24302) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 4, 2017
Draft. Dark clear brown color, tan head with good retention and lacing. Nutmeg aroma. taste is nutmeg, toffee, caramel. Spiced.
HoppyScallywag (339) - Butler, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2017
Sweet spice with a light warm mellow. Does a decent job at covering the burn.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone thegreenrooster (4373) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 24, 2016
Pour is a clear dark brown with a large white head. Aroma is full of nutmeg and ginger. I love a good spice ale and the aroma does not disappoint. Flavor is more ginger heavy with some pie spice and honey sweetness in the background. Again, I love a nice spiced winter ale and this fits the bill. I can see where some would get burnt out by the spice but itís right in my wheelhouse. Clarkdvm (505) - Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2016
12oz bottle. Christmas spices overpowering the flavor. Nice aroma though. Sweet but dry. Good but not great (sorry, guy at Sheps) muzzlehatch (4951) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2016
12 ounce bottle from my uncleís not-so-secret stash, drunk at cellar temp or so from a juice glass in the basement of this sweet retired-coupleís home in Caldwell, OH. A minimal but lasting off-white head tops the light amber, very clear body...typical Christmas-spicy aroma of clove, cinnamon, ginger, etc; a bit of toasty grain perhaps but mostly this is spice overload...on the tongue itís quite spicy as well, rather sweet (brown sugar) and a bit syrupy; reminds me of Jagermeister for whatever reason though there isnít really a licorice component...a touch smoky and ashy at the finish which is thankfully a bit drier than the front. Overall awfully mediocre and a whole bottle will be hard to put down. unclefrito62 (269) - Stow, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2016
12 ounce bottle
Aroma:Smell the ginger on first whiff.
Appearance:Caramel in color. Small head.
Taste:Ginger and spices are forefront in flavor. Pumpkin pie with alcohol included.
Palate:Light carbonation, kinda smooth. Light after taste of malt.
Overall:One of the best Christmas beers out there. Wish granny would just try one. Happy Holidays!