Schlafly Christmas Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.13/5 rDev +12.8%
Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.
A: 1.5 finger head with nice lacing on a clear amber body. Nice head retention.
S: caramel malt, toffee, peppermint and cinnamon.
T: very similar to the nose with spices of the season including nutmeg, mint, cinnamon with barley, breads and ginger.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: very nice seasonal brew. Not usually a fan of seasonal beers but this one is very good and matches well with the season.
11-25-2012 21:20:49 | More by kylehay2004
3.83/5 rDev +4.6%
a cool christmas beer, a drinker, not a novelty. the pour is amber to red, darker than that, but not brown at all, mostly clear, and a minimal head. the nose is really boozy, but juniper and cardamom permeate too. love the taste of this, complex, fruity, spicy, strong, and as drinkable as any holiday ale or winter warmer out there in terms of subtle and not dominant or aggressive spice notes. sour fruit up front, sweet finish, daring but approachable at the same time. body is thin, too thin really. it lends to drinkability, but it makes it less of a winter warmer in the classic sense. its carbonated fine, but its just a tad too little on body for me, especially given how alcoholic this is. better and better as it warms. overall an exceptional holiday brew, a must try at the taproom.
11-20-2012 03:43:56 | More by StonedTrippin
3.5/5 rDev -4.4%
- Brewed with orange peel, cloves, and spicy hops.
A: Dark coppery-penny coloring shows a fine mist of effervesce within. A bready, buff head sits atop moderately before succumbing to a slight creamy covering. Lacing is minimal, a few splashes adore the glass at best.
S: No doubt about the cloves, spicy cinnamon and cola are also there. The dried orange peels is also fairly dominant. Very xmasy, fresh pine, gingerbread and sweet baked sugar cookies.
T: Dominant orange peel first arrives on the flavor, along with sweet baked cookie malt. Pine and ginger closely mirrors the nose. Spicy hops, golding like, with some honey pine. A dusting of dry caramel malt residue covers the tongue on the swallow.
M: spicy and gingerly, dry caramelized malt dusting residue sits on the tongue. Enough carbonation to give this some feel without distraction.
O: Overall a lot of spicy xmas nature here. Sweet and festive and blends rather nicely together. It is what it is a xmas beer, limit of one is fine.
10-11-2012 22:51:00 | More by beerthulhu
4.1/5 rDev +12%
A: Pours a nice amber color. Translucent appearance with a lot of carbonation visible.
S: Detect orange peel, ginger, and cinnamon. Little bit of cherry, too.
T: Citrus sweetness, ginger, and pine up front. Very sweet beer.
M: Medium bodied and smooth, though gets a little sticky as you work your way through the bottle. Not overwhelming, though.
Nice beer. Reminds me of Christmas, so it's quite fitting.
02-05-2012 17:00:58 | More by ScorpyX
3.9/5 rDev +6.6%
Out of a bottle this beer was a hazy, copper/bronze color with a good amount of rising carbonation and a tan head. The retention was good and the lacing in bands all the way down my glass. The aroma was of cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel malt and some light citrus notes. The flavors were very enjoyable to me. I tasted all the aforementioned spices built atop a solid caramel malt backbone with only light hopping which gave it a nice finish. Balanced and not overly spiced as many holiday ales tend to be. Additionally, there was almost no sign that the beer was 8% ALC and I didn’t realize it until after I’d enjoyed a few! The mouthfeel was good, the body surprisingly light and the carbonation appropriate.
02-05-2012 11:46:15 | More by thekevlarkid
Schlafly Christmas Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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