Kinz (3713) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2005
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Iíve seen this one for some time now, but never bothered to pick up a bottle. I finally started to feel sorry for the bottles sitting untouched on the shelf, and picked one up. Attractive deep brown, nice head, good lacing. Aroma was of ginger, cinammon, and nutmeg, like gingerbread, or many of the pumpkin ales out there. Flavor is comprised of the same elements. Liquid pumpkin pie or gingerbread, take your pick. Donít really feel like Iím drinking a beer. Not my thing. Better if you gulp so it doesnít hit your tongue. Must admit there isnít actually anything wrong with this beer, but I canít imagine ever drinking more than one bottle of this. In a lifetime.
IslandHaole (1228) - Mililani, Hawaii, USA - AUG 20, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Looks damned near like a glass of Cola, clear Ruby/Brown with a small beige head. Gingerbread yes, spicy Nutmeg, Allspice and a touch of roastyness as if it just came out of the oven. Taste is a let down after the aroma, mild spice on a weak malt profile with a thin body. Nothing really jumps out to be noticed. Subtle for a Holiday beer and just too odd for daily drinking, this doesnít really have a niche other than as an oddity.
Iíd like to try it again during the holiday season with non-beer geek friends just to gauge their reaction.
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I thought this sounded interesting, until, that is, I recalled I didnít even care much for gingerbread when I was a kid oh, so long ago. It pours a clear, light mahogany body, lightly carbonated, with an unimpressive light tan head. The gingerbread ingredients are all there in the aroma - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. In the flavor, they pretty well blanket all malt-related tastes. The finish, too, feels like youíve just eaten a cookie. All in all, this comes across like any of a number of real imaginative "Christmas Ales," meaning fill it with allspice flavors.
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JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Well, sure enough... it smells of gingerbread! Pours into a cola-esque, brownish-amber. Rather thin looking, but healthy for the style. Head is very thick, long-lasting, and tan-khaki colored. Extraordinary lacing... the head is seemingly undiminishing. Aroma is fresh baked gingerbread along with pumpkin spices, cloves and nutmeg. Reminds me a lot of the Dogfish head "Punkín Ale". Mouthfeel is thin, really too thin.Taste is heavy malt with no hops, just the tingle and sizzle of the many spices. Dark cherries and a little cocoa can be found on the palate, but the end result is wateriness. Aftertaste is just some malty sweetness, like what taste is left over after consuming cheap syrup on a pancake. Could use some thickening in both consistency and palate.
TheBeerGod (5940) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Mahogany with a small tan head. Nose is very much like fresh gingerbread. Lots of ginger, spices, sweet bread, and some pumpkin pie. Taste is ginger, light cocoa, spices, roasted malts, light nuttiness and fresh cookies. Body is a tad bit thin. Light carbonation feel. Finish is spicy and sweet with light cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, spices, roasty malts and soem cookie-ish notes.
argo0 (13020) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop a clear dark red-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger bread and nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet, ginger, roasty, caramel, some nutty, light nutmeg. Watery light-medium body.
lamas (1546) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a light mahogany with smallish light-tan head. If this is a porter then itís the lightest-looking one Iíve ever seen. Smells like a fresh gingerbread man. Aroma is of GINGERBREAD, nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon and roasty malts. Flavor is much subtler than I wouldíve thought based on aroma. Medium to thin bodied. Solidly smooth and malty with the lightest touch of hops at the end. A bit of ginger and cinnamon are present in taste. Iíve had a few other organic beers and the flavor was just...off. I wonder if this wouldíve tasted better if it wasnít organic. Taste is still very good though. Excellent winter holiday beer. Cool label.
hershiser2 (1903) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2005
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22-oz bottle. Medium brown with a small head. Smells like pumpkin pie! Lots of sweet sices, including a smack of ginger in the nose. Flavor is also pumpkin-pie like. Lightly gingerer- not overbearing. Tasty.
BŁckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark tawny colored with a retentive dark tan head, lots of nice lacing. The nose is doughy and sweet with gingerbread and allspice. The flavor has a bit of roasty and smokey qualities with an overbearing ginger taste that smoothly floats down the palate. Very smooth and chewy drinking beer, good!
Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorite winter beers this year (2004). Subtle spicing and nice malty-ness make this one a winner. It does not have the strong clove that Anchor has or the club-you-over-the-head spice levels that Anderson Valley has. Great balance.