Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by SIRIUS2:
4.03/5 rDev +1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours dark translucent brown, almost black. Abundant head of at least 2 fingers or more - bright white foam. Head receded a bit after a few minutes but had great retention. Laced the glass easily all the way down.
Aromas were moderately malty with a sort of "holiday spice" note to it. I couldn't really pin down if it was nutmeg or cinnamon or what, but it smelled pretty good and didn't detract from the beer.
The flavors in this beer worked fantastically together. There was a solid malt backbone that gave a boost to some of the spices, of which seemed to be nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla. There was a grassy herbal hop note but it was just enough to hold back the sweetness a bit. Relatively clean at the swallow with just a bit of that spice mix and some malt clinging on for the linger.
This is a pretty smooth brew and they go down really easy. The carbonation is matched well to the rest of the brew and it all just works. The heavier gravity also seemed well matched and was essentially undetectable with the rest of the flavors. very well done and an awesome brew to drink with friends during the holidays. Highly recommended!
Serving type: bottle
12-13-2009 21:18:41 | More by SIRIUS2
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3.69/5 rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75
12 oz bottle served in a goblet.
Body is deep amber-copper with excellent clarity. Head has poor retention.
Smells and tastes like a spicy brown ale. The spice mix says "winter holidays" and, while obvious and too strong for some ales, is not so powerful as to mask the solid caramel and medium roast malts used in this ale. Acceptably sweet.
Medium body with medium-light carbonation.
Serving type: bottle
04-20-2014 00:38:04 | More by chinchill
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
89 out of 100 based on 1,975 ratings.