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RATINGS: 269   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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A dark mohogany, medium-bodied porter. Chewy dark malt flavors have a big spicy overlay of fresh baked gingerbread men.


3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Dark cherry brown color with a small beige head. The aroma was heavy on the spices...nutmeg, ginger, cinammon...with some interesting clove tones. The flavor was nice and spicy with a not-so-good hops bittereness component...would be much better if it were sweeter. Medium-thin feel, very crisp, with a semi-dry finish.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Very dark mahogany color with a medium beige head. Malt and smokey clove cigarette aroma. Spicy clove, nutmeg, malt and smokey flavors. I expected this to be a bit sweeter, but itís not bad. Fairly thin feel.

2.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2004
About as fitting a seasonal beer as you can get. The idea was good, but the execution left me hanging a bit. Light brown with large soda-esque bubbles. Gingerbread madness (especially in the nose), at least they followed through as promised. The biggest problem here is not the lack of gingerbread, or even the way it was used (as I think the level is fine), but the extremely thin mouthfeel and lack of malt all around caused this beer to suffer severely. The label refers to it as a porter, but that would be a serious stretch. Something as holiday-driven as a gingerbread beer ultimately is definitely needs that holiday warmth behind it: more malt, and a touch higher abv might help.

2.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
Pour is amber brown with big rocky tan head...smell is smell is raisins and ginger...smells a lot like Christmas potpourri....flavor is gimmicky and gross...sour herby gingerbread notes with a medicinal aftertaste...blech!

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
Aroma is nutmeg, gingerbread, cookies, oatmeal, raison. Color is ruby and brown. Taste is slightly odd, and unbalanced. Slight gingerbread and nutmeg but itís mainly watery and thin. Some caramel. Not even close to OSA or Winter Solstice.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 9, 2013 Pours a deep amber color. Aroma is somewhat spicy and of grain. A little bit of bread in the flavor. Tastes a little bit like Angostura bitters. Drinkable but nothing too special.

2.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
It sounded delicious, but was a little disapointing. Not much spice flavor to speak of, and the alcohol flavor was very strong. It did smell pretty good, but it ended there.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2007 Well, Poured like a brown porter, nice enough head, butI did not last. The Aroma is what you would expect. Lots os spices. The Taste though, not very good.too much spice, and awful for a porter. Strange is right, named an ALE and called a Porter? A one time only for me .

2.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
Strange, very strange. Sounded like a winner. Poured a nice mahogany with a small beige head. The aroma was actually gingerbread. Very promising. But it didnít carry over to the taste. Very disappointing. Such a great nose and such a bad taste. The flavor was more like a chaos of spices going nowhere.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2004
bottled: took this one home from the brewpub.well you can imagine what this one looks and smells like by the name. dark brown, but not really porterish, kinda in between amber and porter. tan loose head. the nose is all over with spice cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread. tastes pretty much the same...spice, spice, spice. no real hop character and strange to drink yet interesting. you can only really sample this style beer, not something you want more then one of around christmas time or chanukah. whichever your pleasure.


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