Hopper8 (282) - Holland, Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2017
UPDATED: DEC 9, 2017 It smells great, it tastes great, and it is fantastic. I really love this beer. WillRunForBeer (2810) - Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2017
Another fridg clean out 12oz can. Pours mahogany with an off white head. Aroma is caramel, prune, nutmeg, cinnamon. Flavor is caramel, prune, nutmeg, solidfunk (9797) - Washington D.C., Washington DC, USA - FEB 17, 2017
Pours dark brown with good head and lacing. Nutmeg and caramel with some smoke like nutcracker dolls on fire. Sweet finish. Can. willisread (3949) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 11, 2016
Tap at Gambrinus. Pours a slightly hazy, muddy brown with a finger of beige foam. Huge gingerbread nose with some light caramel malt. Clean and feels light for the abv. Bit of clove, vanilla and more ginger. Some heat on the finish. bulldogops (2885) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 6, 2016
Rating #2254 - 2015.12.15 - Bottle #15 in the 2015 Craft BeerAdvent Calendar Clear amber pour, that produces a bubbly white foam that fades quickly. Aroma is potent, quite a bit of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. Taste is malty and heavy on the nutmeg, hint of cinnamon, and sweet caramel. This is a pretty good seasonal, and despite the presence of fairly heavy flavours, it remains a balanced, full bodied ale.
Brigadier (3805) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - JUN 29, 2016
12 ounce can
DuffMan (10936) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - MAY 16, 2016
Assuming that Great Lakes Christmas Ale is still somewhat of a gold standard for seasonals this has some ways to go. It shows signs of promise but much like the local sports team it doesn’t always live up to the hype. Even so as an affordable and regionally available winter warmer I would buy more.
Aroma / Appearance - Burnt caramel crawls downwards with an ivory yellow head building over time. Nutmeg, spices, and trays of sweet gingerbread cookies dominate this winter themed bouquet.
Flavor / Palate - Spices, particularly nutmeg and gingerbread, emerge seconds after each sip. The crisp spices drive home the point with enough force that eventually the palate fatigues. With more robustness it might fare better. Instead it feels like it is being overly assertive with no way to back it up. Give it a shot yourself; cans should be fairly reasonable.
Can. Tawny amber, clear, with an average golden head. This smells like spice cake! Flavours of sweet bready caramel and holiday spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), floral nuances. Balanced bitter finish. Really tasty! RobBestwick (992) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 18, 2016
From a can. Strong spice, nutmeg and christmas pudding aroma. Opaque dark brown colour with a yellowish head. Christmas pudding and brandy flavours with lots of dark fruit and warming alcohol. Full bodied with a very sweet malty finish. Ed5388 (3488) - Forked River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 18, 2016
12oz can thanks to Kenny! Pours a dark amber brown color with a big frothy tan head. Aroma of sweet caramel, amber malts, lots of cinnamon, and clove, and hints of ginger and orange peel. Taste mimics the nose. Not a huge Christmas ale guy, but this is pretty solid. dmac (6646) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - JAN 7, 2016
12oz can from Ed5388, thanks a lot Ed Zeppelin. Poured a deep dark opaque chestnut brown with a quicker fading foamy beige head. Aroma is old chocolate, bad candles, fruit cake, light spice. Flavor is a bit more spicy with fruit cake, spiced bread, some chocolate and toast. Fuller body with light carbonation. Solid.