Great Lakes Christmas Ale - Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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Reviews by gabedivision:
3.75/5 rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a snifter glass.
Ho Ho Ho, what a day to review a Christmas ale.
A- pours a clean and clear chestnut red with a 1 finger head that sinks to a thin tight bubbled ring around the glass.
S- Sweet malts and sugary spice all around this one, festive. Cherries, clove, ginger with an overwhelming Vicks vapor rub/cough medicine smell. Breathes winter to me.
T- Brown sugar, huge nutmeg ,honey, cherries, clove, hints of peppermint, and rum. Well balanced sweet malts, and sugary spice. Tastes like a holiday cake or pastry of some sort.
M- Medium on the body and feel, goes down like syrup sugary and over sweet.
O- Overall, this is a fuzzy warming beer, the smell maybe enough to make you not want to sip it due to its medicinal like qualities but the taste makes up for it. Not sure if i could enjoy more than one of these at a sitting, very syrupy and sweet. But well worth a try.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2011 00:35:38 | More by gabedivision
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Christmas Ale - Freshness date of today.
A: Nothing special in the mahogany, amber body, not much head retention or lace. Average.
S: Nothing in the smell surprises. A sweet, malty caramel body with some dark, faint fruit.
T: Follows the smell, but more densely flavor packed. More malt over hops, and none of the spice or honey is heavy handed. A bit of cherry and peach on the mid- to finish. Better as it warms, but frankly, a little too cherry-cola, Dr Pepper, OHIO to my decidedly coastal palate.
Good balance. I'd rather a winter ale sticks its neck out further.
MF: well crafted like everything this brewer does, and you can feel it in the body and the finish.
Serving type: bottle
03-29-2014 23:12:15 | More by Act25
Great Lakes Christmas Ale from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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