AlchemikalGab (43) - Borgomanero (Novara), ITALY - DEC 6, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 11, 2011 Pours a deep black/brown colour with dark ruby reflexes in the light. 2 1/2 inches of medium-bubble-textured frothy head, fine lacing, medium to light carbonation. The aroma is quite persistent, I can smell it right from the moment I open the bottle, even more from the glass. Big gingerbread biscuits on the front, with bitter cocoa and cereals, hint of cinnamon. Taste is very sweet and a little spicy with ginger at the beginning, turns medium bitter on the back of the tongue. The body is medium to light. It has a short (not more than 3-4 sec) bittersweet finish. I wasn’t expecting anything extreme from the moment I read the ABV (let me down a little bit, to tell the truth). Very unusual approach for Brewdog’s standards.
MikaJuhani (28) - FINLAND - NOV 20, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
One of the greatest xmas aroma ever. Nice black color with tiny head.
Quite thin taste but where is all those flavors what comes at aroma. Crispy palate, lacks of body. Overall: have to taste again..
glamster (23) - - FEB 28, 2012
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
An amazing beer with an overwhelming taste of cinnamon. Thin in texture yet close to completely black in colour. A special and very unusual beer, and one you can actually enjoy again and again throughout an evening.
ChrisHSOTE (22) - Somerset, ENGLAND - DEC 18, 2010
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: DEC 21, 2010 Drunk At Brewdog Aberdeen: Very strong overpowering spices, from nose to body. Hides nearly all the other flavours. Very Christmassy but not my scene
davidfoley (20) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance - Medium ruby red colour; Good carbonation; Off white head, little retention
Smell - Mince pies, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, light citrus and dried fruit; Sweet aroma
Taste - Sweetness, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, cherries, light citrus
Mouthfeel - Light body; Medium carbonation; Light dry & bitter finish
Drinkability - Very drinkable, light with good carbonation
Overall - Good beer, recommend it; Interesting and has nice festive feel; A little more body would be good; Well balanced
Psykling (13) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 18, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
There’s ginger in it sure enough - very distinct in the nose, perhaps slightly offputting, until paired with the almost cookie-like maltiness. Hoppy in a dry yet subtle way, perhaps because the spices overpower the hop flavors a bit. Roasted, mild, and lingering. Very drinkable stout, slips down easily - if you can stand the spice surprise, that is (think english ginger spread or ginger bread, that’l help place the bouquet)
kennethaus (13) - - MAY 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Chocolate, spicy, roasty, nuts, herbs, cheese, basement aromas, citrus, basement aromas, citrus
netland (12) - DENMARK - OCT 18, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice spiced christmas brew that you drink more of without getting filled by christmas spicies.
The ginger gives a nice freshness, the body adds character.
prebenosterlid (5) - DENMARK - JAN 1, 2011 does not count
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Starts off as a nice gentle stout. You think your home free, but then all of a sudden the ginger kicks in. Funny beer - I wouldnt drink a pint of it but im glad I tried it.
Atek (2) - Budapest, HUNGARY - MAR 8, 2012 does not count
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
0,33 l bottle from Copenhagen, thx for Malaczki. Very dark red color with medium brown head. Smells like gingerbread that made me christmas mood. Spicy taste with ginger and some cocoa, medium carbonated, moderate bitterness at the end. I loved it.