ivan9856 (191) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A 12 oz. bottle filled my goblet glass with a copper red body and a handsome tan collar, but the head disappeared quickly and left little discernable lacing. The aroma is bold--sweet and malty--and features the advertised dark cherry and Christmas spice. There’s a good deal of alcohol in the nose as well. This ale starts out quite sweet, but I found the medium-body a bit surprising for a seasonal offering of this type. The Pilsner and Munich malts definitely lighten the character of this beer. Strong cherry flavors form the backbone of the mid-palate flavor profile, but an unmistakable clove and cinnamon spiciness rounds things out in the lead up to the long dry finish. The 11 percent ABV lends a lingering alcohol character. A nice Christmas beer.
Pintofjoe29 (30) - Dingman Ferry, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2017
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle into snifter. Pours a nice ruby with minimal head and lacing. Aroma of Belgian yeast, sugary sweetness, and booze. Tastes of medicinal cherry, root beer, cloves, and your typical Belgian yeast notes. The 11% is definitely warming me up. Overall this is good, but my mind isn’t blown
Lowe1983 (1554) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - JAN 9, 2017
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is sweet with dark fruits, caramel malts, banana, and some alcohol. Stone cherry tartness comes out on the flavor with the dark fruits and caramel malts. Tiny bit of warming on the finish as well.
BroadestTom (422) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 8, 2017
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma wheat, honey, spices,
Appearance amber, red, clear, white foam, tan foam,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate light body, medium body,
Overall a sweet holiday beer that is very deceptive when it comes to the alcohol. One of my favorite "Christmas" beers. I would suggest this beer to a friend.
beern (57) - Alabama, USA - DEC 28, 2016
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours ruby red with a one finger off-white head with an aroma of honey and mild mahogany. Tastes sweet of cherries & malt and a mild honey finish with hidden alcohol.
Jared_Clifton (123) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 24, 2016
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber red. Malty, lots of cherry flavor, honey and spices. Slight alchocol burn. Top christmas beer out there.
jb (3110) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hot damn this is righ on. Totally nailed belgian dark strong. The nose of dark fruit, the appearance of dark clear orange, the palate with the totally hidden booze and thick mouthfeel and palate. A big winner, true to style (though mislabeled on ratebeer).
jsquire (4299) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - DEC 23, 2016
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours a jewel-like garnet color out of the bottle with only the barest of off white heads. There is a lot of booziness to this beer, both in the nose and the flavor. The nose has some tart cherry notes along with the alcohol. Cherry and plum fruitiness with lots of brown sugar and some molasses sweetness. And the alcohol. This is a little hot for me.
Bricks (1056) - Delaware, USA - DEC 18, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Appearance a nice reddish brown, but lifeless. Smell is sweet malt, licorice.. almost like a bad Christmas candy. Taste of malty licorice sweetness, a bit of an awkward spice on the backend.
jc1762 (1098) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 4, 2016
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks altonbrownd for the bottel! Poured into a snifter showing well filtered dark brown with brown leather quickly dissipating foam.
The nose shows a lot of honey with a bed of tart cherries.
The palate is moderately carbonated and full bodied. Honey forward flavor that integrates well with the malts and bing cherries in the background. Not bad but not great. Slightly cloying towards end.
wxman (1773) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 28, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark garnet brown with a full small bead pale tan head. Aroma is dried dark fruit caramel and a bit of alcohol. Taste is sweet roasted malt, dried dark fruit, caramel, licorice and molasses. Almost cloyingly sweet with ABV noticable after the swallow. Very smooth and delicious.