drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Very interesting I must say...starts off predominantly full of nutmeg or coriander (the ginger?), but the smokey roasted flavor of the barley forces it's way to the forefront of the palate rounding out the beer quite nicely. This was surprisingly successful for a spiced beer - the combo with the malt/Kalamazoo trademark was nice.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big time pepermint nose with a hint of chocolate. The palate is rich and sweet. The finish is cool and refreshing. Unusual, but good. Chocolate mint beer.
daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown color, brown head. Dominant ginger, vegetal, light chocolate nose. Sweet malt, roast, vegetal, plenty of ginger, long bitter hoppy finish. Iím not big on the ginger so this doesnít work well for me, but I can see how some people might like it.
aracauna (3496) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very strong roasted, very much like espresso. The spicing isnít too much, noticable but not overwhelming. Appearance is good except the head is a tiny bit fizzy. Not up to par with the Expedition or the Kalamazoo stout, but not bad.
MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Spicing is just right. Rich chocolate and roasted flavors.
MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 26, 2002
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chocolatey aroma, very dark brown. Brown head. Lightly spiced with ginger. Finishes dry but goes down well. I like it.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łůdż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Interesting -- far less spicy, or differently handled, then Anchor 2002 Special. I like it...it has a nice spicy dryness, burning wood in a fireplace. Typical hefty Bellís body and roasty touches. Gingery is right, DaSilk.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The spiciest stout Iíve had to date. Smells of nutmeg or something like it. Leaves the mouth tingling. Alcohol apparent. Good brew.
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.