tmoreau (3266) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2016
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Ellynís Tap & Grill in Glen Ellyn, IL., and full sampler served, displaying a bright & clear, darkest brown color, with ruby highlighting, a fluffy layer of tan head foam, and frothy spray as lacing. The nose was toasted, moderately roasted, with a touch of caramel sweetness, and holiday spices that highlighted ginger, clove, & nutmeg to me. The taste was as a dark, holiday loaf, with maybe a hint of dark fruit, slightly earthy & herbal bitterness, spices toward the back, in a medium body, with average carbonation. Decently warming.
fidelis83 (2267) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - FEB 1, 2016
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark brown pour with a one finger, creamy tan head. Aroma is allspice heavy pie spice, cooked apple, toasty cinnamon, dark caramel, crusty bread, nutty notes and earthy hops. Flavor is cinnamon, allspice, roast, chocolate, cooked apple and plum, potpourri floral notes, nutty, woody and pine notes. Medium body, slightly syrupy feel, heavy and sharp carbonation. Pretty good overall, but way over carbonated.
jsporrer (307) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2016
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bottle. Pours a dark brown with a thin tan ring. Looks like Coke. Sweet winter spice aroma with some dark fruits. Fairly smooth with hints of figs, nutmeg, & cinnamon. Flavor isnít too bold and doesnít linger very long. Has a warm dry finish with emphasis on the cinnamon. OK but not great.
screigh (559) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 7, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours almost black. Large Brown head with some lacing. Spicy aroma. Spicy flavor. A bit of dark chocolate bitterness.
jmohno (1400) - Iowa, USA - JAN 2, 2016
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark with slight red hue. Light head. Aroma is brown sugar caramel, and light spices. Slight chocolate maybe a slight/faint roast. Taste is smooth with some mild malty smoothness and some blended dark malts, dark fruits, and dark chocolate character. Spices are somewhat subdued, which I like, and this seems on the lines of a porter/ strong ale almost as well.
Luvystypotables (1294) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 31, 2015
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma of all spice and gingerbread pours a dark brown color without a head. Taste like gingerbread cookies with a hint of rum. Watery feel with a mild rum finish.
freekyp (1775) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - DEC 30, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours deep brown with a single finger off-white head. The aroma is spicy and molasses-ridden at the same time, Sweet Moravian cookie-like taste with some winter spices mixed in. Robust and thick, it stops just short of cloying.
Wallaby501 (24) - - DEC 28, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
This gets really high marks but Iím not sure why. Opposite some reviewers I found that the cinnamon and other spices overpower the beer itself and leave me thinking I drank a beer that was just heavily spiced with cinnamon. It is an interesting beer but honestly a little more restraint on the adjuncts would help in my opinion.
Hiledd (40) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Imperial stout, dark brown / black color, cherry, chocolate, coffee flavor, light brown foam that dissipates quickly, warm alcohol finish
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snoot8726 (68) - Terre Haute, Indiana, USA - DEC 27, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark brown pour with an eggshell head. Big spices on the nose but glad they donít over power the taste. Cinnamon, and general spices with some light roastiness. Solid brew.