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.
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 (2044) - 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 (2720) - Salem, Oregon, 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 .