A good ale, but disappointing to me as far as Christmas ales go. They change up the recipe each year, and when brewers do that, they occasionally hit on one that's not quite as good as it could be, just for the sake of being different. I say, go for the perfect recipe, and stay there. It had a rich flavor, typical of the style, but it could've been a bit spicier. Throw in some more nutmeg, some more cinnamon, and you have a hit. As it is, it's not enough to make me stray from the likes of Sweetwater Festive or Winter Welcome.
Reviewed: December 31, 2005