BückDich (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.
TheBeerCollector (633) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 22, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Other than the novelty of the gingerbreadish flavor this is quite an unremarkable beer. Great label. Would not buy this again.
IndianaRed (2597) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle Pours a clear deep redish brown. Small off white head and sparse lacing. Aroma is mainly a fairly sweet woody smell with some dark maltiness. Flavors are simlar with the sweetness coming from what tastes like brown sugar. There is a slight note that I guess is ginger but, just a bit off. Feel is smooth and nice, finish is clean and a bit sweet.
irishsnake (355) - Oakland, California, USA - JAN 3, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
beer pours a nice ruby/amber, with a tan head that leaves a nice sticky lace. aroma is primarily of ginger, with some subdued notes of toasty malts. flavor similar to the nose, with ginger up-front and some malt behind. very astringent on the palate-could have used some more smooth maltiness.
PorterPounder (5709) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 1, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2006 Rerate More flavorful, thick lacing, good spiciness this time around. Original 2.9 22 oz bottle - Habersham Beverage Warehouse - Savannah, Ga. Medium copper colored pour, off white head with no lacing to speak of. Gingerbread cookie like aroma with some fresh lake water accents. Flavor has a bit of spicy twang to it with cinammon dominating the spiciness, but it is a bit artificial tasting and metallic, surprising since it boasts itself as "organic". Mouthfeel is a tad thin. Overall, palatable.
SDbruboy (1864) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with reddish highlights and a large beige head that diminishes leaving nice lacing. Aroma is malty and spicey, a bit of raisin and yeast (?) as well as fresh cut pine lumber. Flavor is sweet and a bit watery, lingering ginger-spice finish. Medium body and tingly carbonation. Not bad, but not as distinctive as I’d hoped.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - DEC 21, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a ruby color. Aroma was spicy of ginger and cinammon. Flavors of cinammon, lightly sweet malt. Not balanced in flavor and not very tasty. Was smooth and light bodied.
loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
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.