AlabastorJones (800) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 19, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ginger nose, sweet roasty ginger bread flavor, spicey and sweet but I think I prefer their standard porter to this christmas cookie version, interesting though
aarossell (151) - Grandville, Michigan, USA - DEC 15, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JAN 21, 2007 New brew from Founder’s on tap. Like their Porter, which is delicious, only this is made with some mysterious and tasty spices. Perhaps cinnamon, clove...and others that I don’t know about. A little too bitter at the finish, but nicely refreshing. Very good beer!
MikeMac (185) - Wyandotte, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Founders Black Party Black with a tan head. Atomas of xmas spices and fruit present. Nice creamy porter with a hint of spices to finish it off very drinkable ...
Bigassfish (140) - Naperville/Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On Nitro tap at Founders. Black with tan/light brown head with spices in the head. Flavor of chocolate and spice is quite nice. Cinamon and nutmeg. Tons of flavor. A good twist on the fine porter.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 11, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
light black with a small bubbly beige head. heavy spice, ginger and tons of anis. to Jagermiesterish for me
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 4, 2005
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
black with little to no head, tastes like jagermeister with a splash of ginger
badnewsbeers (2316) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: FEB 1, 2005 on the nitro at founders....great dark appearance as typical with these beers...a nice and creamy palate; aroma is abundant of spices, cinnamon, chocolate; flavor is similar ( i agree with silphium that is was much too heavy on the anise)
Silphium (3111) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Founders. Deep brown pour, medium/thick creamy nitrogen (no!) head leaving nice lacing. Cinnamon toast crunch aroma. Heavy anise (another no!) flavor with notes of cinnamon. Much of the underlying chocolatey malt character is dominated by the over-the-top anise. More or less the brewery’s version of Anchor Our Special Ale.
AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 23, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Definitely a nitrous pour. There is a creamy head, and that unmistakable flatness on your tongue that suggest nitro. I noticed a fair amount of anise in the beer, licoricey. Other than that, pretty decent winter brew. Warming. Filling.