Commercial description: The essence of Christmas is captured in this very bottle you are holding. Perfectly blended spices compliment Frosted Frog’s rich malt flavors, creating the ultimate Christmas experience. Celebrate the holidays as you savor this very special seasonal offering.
Pours opaque brown with some amber highlights. Minimal head and decent retention and lacing.
Aroma is beautifully festive. Now the first whiff…man, they weren’t kidding about the spices. Strong cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger in the nose. A bit of bready malt in there too.
Taste was similar to the aromatics, though not as intense. The ginger is more dominant than the cinnamon that was so strong in the aromatics. The combination of the two gives this beer a decent balance. You’ll either love or hate this because it’s heavy on the spice. It starts out with some apple-cider sweetness and cinnamon, then a nice amount of malt supports a takes over and lets the graham cracker and other spices take over.
Drinkable and medium body that is nice and smooth. Carbonation is dialed down to just the right level. It’s not quite thick enough to be creamy, but that’s not a big knock on it. It has a nice feel. This is tasty stuff that’s deceptively strong.
OVERALL IMPRESSION (7/10)
Very drinkable and solid winter warmer. At times the spices got a little over whelming which results in a bit of palate fatigue. Not something I would generally drink in mass quantities but a great holiday brew that really delivers the Christmas spirit.
FINAL SCORE (41/50)