flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 it’s not bad. Fairly thin feel.
drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
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.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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!
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is nutmeg, gingerbread, cookies, oatmeal, raison. Color is ruby and brown. Taste is slightly odd, and unbalanced. Slight gingerbread and nutmeg but it’s mainly watery and thin. Some caramel. Not even close to OSA or Winter Solstice.
mjg74 (2492) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - NOV 1, 2004
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
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.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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 .
YourDarkLord (1800) - Urbana, Illinois, USA - SEP 30, 2004
2.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
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 didn’t 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.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 18, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
DarkElf (3033) - La Jolla, California, USA - FEB 20, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2004 The label calls this a medium bodied porter, but that is misleading, and it's really more like a spiced holiday beer; A strong spiciness somewhat overwhelmes the flavor, especially in the finish; Maltiness has a moderate dark roasted flavor; Mild bitterness also takes a back seat to the spiciness; Very spicy aroma has a touch of nutmeg; Brown color is lighter than expected; Light tan head is on the small side and is fairly bubbly, but retention is only fair and lacing is almost non-existant