DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 9, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
a dark evil blackish ruby..with artistic lacing..aroma was subtle..whispering in roasty spiced fruits..high carbination..definite ginger..chocolatey..oiley..coca cola..more ginger..the alcohol level creaps on you because its not noticed at all..at times it tasted very much like coca-cola..or maybe a Coca-Cola/Ginger ale intimate intertwinment...but I very much like this stout as an oily spicy concoction that makes me a happy man and I dont care what anyone says
Drew (2411) - Kent, Ohio, USA - DEC 3, 2002
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nicely spiced stout - i taste nutmeg and lots of ginger. someoneís been into my wifeís baking spices! medium bodied, totally dark and opaque. good, but by the end, the spices tend to overtake the flavor.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 1, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice dark brown color with a small but persistent tan head. The aroma was nice and chocolaty, with hints of roasted bitterness and nutmeg. The flavor had a stronger spice tone to it with nutmeg, cinammon, and ginger kick. The spices seemed out of place here, like they didnít contribute to the overall flavor, but simply sat on top of it. My guess is that the intention was to blend the flavors into one indescribable holiday thingy, but the spices just didnít seem to cooperate. Nice overall stout with an interesting flavor.
herbjones (742) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 30, 2002
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black brew with a creamy tan head. There is something strange going on here. Iím not sure if itís the ginger or what but something is throwing this brew off.As it warms Iím starting to get the mentholatum that others mentioned. Very odd brew.
igneous1 (1528) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 28, 2002
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
very dark, not opaque..aroma is spicy with a touch of smoke detected by this nose. flavor is of cinnamon and nutmeg and subdued coffee flavors...not bad
npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Mentho-Lyptus. If youíre really into spiced beers, this is a good one for you--a big roasty stout with added flavors of ginger and menthol. If youíre not into spicy beer--and Iím generally not--avoid this one.
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
cardamon & cinnamon in the nose. Dark brown w/ a nice tan head. Nice spicy upfront taste w/ a smooth finish. a very enjoyable beer. I think it would be great w/ spicy food
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 22, 2002
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy dark brown color, spicy aroma, taste like maple suryp, nutmeg, coffee, cinnamon and brown sugar. thick and creamy mouthfeel.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good beer, but not as stouty as I would like. They seem to have neglected the "stout" part of the "spiced stout" equation. The spice did not blend with the stout so much as subvert it. These seasonal bells are good, but each seems to be slightly off. A near miss.
JPDIPSO (5151) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 21, 2002
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark brown/mohagany color with a smallish light tan head. Aroma of allspice with just a hint of malt. Sharp spice up front with lingers of cinnamon and nutmeg. Dark malts in the background with a touch of peat dryness.