Thorpe429 (4944) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Thanks to Lunch for sharing this bottle. Served in a Hardywood goblet. Pours dark. The nose has loads of bourbon atop hefty spice and a bit of vanilla, chocolate, and roast. Flavor is similarly dominated by bourbon and spice. The bourbon does a good job knocking out some of the spice, but then itself is too strong. Spice and bourbon, not much else.
Beergeek23322 (1685) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 8, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12/7/2013. On tap at the brewery on release. Pours black with a beige head. Sweet spicy aromas with chocolate, dark roasted malt and fruit. The oak ageing adds a bit more dimension to the beer than the regular lease. Great brew for the Holidays.
devman171 (507) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - DEC 7, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
O tap at the release, pours black with low head. Aroma is sweet bourbon and ginger notes, taste is awesome sweet chocolate gingerbread, could use some more body, awesome beer
merc7186 (1469) - North Tonawanda, New York, USA - NOV 16, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: Dark Brown Hue, Passes Minimal Light, Off White Head Ring, Some Lacing
S: Cinnamon, Molasses, Brown Sugar, Sweet Bread
T: Molasses, Brown Sugar, Mild Bourbon, Mild Cinnamon
M: Average Carbonation, Medium to Full Bodied, Mildly Sweet, Mildly Boozy
Overall, the flavors really do combine very well to recreate that gingerbread taste and the bourbon sweetens up the flavors just a touch more.
SudsMcDuff (5322) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - SEP 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle … pours a dark charcoal . Foam level is acceptable .. . Bold spice, burnt rum cake and ash ... Could never do a whole bottle by myself .. . . Time for bed young man!
Smurf2055 (1064) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 20, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours deep red with little carbonation.
Smell is light oak, vanilla and cherry.
Taste is sweet ashy, vanilla and ginger. Bigger taste than the non BA version.
Fuller bodied than the regular version.
Wasn’t blown away by either this or the regular version, but I didn’t have them fresh.
UDBeernut (1252) - Near Buffalo, New York, USA - AUG 30, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ba bottle share. Less ginger, some more bourbon. One of the few times i like the none ba version more, still good.
alexsdad06 (3821) - Ohio, USA - AUG 2, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 ml bottle shared by mikem409 on 1/1/2013. Pours dark brown in color with a medium sized beige head. The aroma and flavor have a nice mix of the good stout characteristics: roast, chocolate and caramel with the addition of gingerbread cookies, spices and bourbon/vanilla from the barrel. Everything seemed to work pretty well together; tasty.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JUL 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black pour with some tan lacing. Aroma of muted ginger, roasted malt and light bourbon. Flavor is of gingerbread, spice and light appertif like alcohols. Christmassy.
50belair (1718) - Florida, USA - JUN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at Chris’ birthday bash. Brown pour with a kaki head. Boozy aromas. Booze not bourbon, roasted malts and cinnamon notes with noticeable bitterness from the hops. God body and mouthfeel.
daknole (8005) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Super dark brown pour, brown head. Flavors of christmas cookies, bourbon, spice, molasses. Sweet and freaking delicious.