Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I probably didn’t let this one "warm" up enough as there isn’t the slightest bit of head on this pour. It is thick though, and it is black. Really heavy-looking. Might be the glass I chose though, because CP’s pour had a nice half-finger of mocha-colored froth on top. This is a really thick and luscious beer. Heavy, slightly oily feel. Good carbonation. A sipper.
The first whiff of this smells exactly like freshly-baked gingerbread cookies. Spot on. They nailed it. Sweet bready aroma, vanilla, creme brulee, faint chocolate. Smells great. This beer starts out sweet for sure, with just a smidge of ginger on the finish. Sometimes when a sweet stout is "imperialized," it can get too sweet and cloying. Not this one. Great balance of sweetness and semi-bitter dark chocolate. Vanilla, sugar cookies, ginger, roasted cocoa. I’m glad I split this bottle, as I wouldn’t think I’d enjoy a full bottle to myself, but as my glass empties, I find myself wishing there was more.
Fantastic beer. I’d like more, and am definitely interested in the Barrel-Aged version now.
SteveOrz85 (60) - Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 3, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big bottle into pint glass. Dark brown color with 3 finger tan head. Aroma reeks with notes of gingerbread. Taste is lightly sweet and medium spiced with a touch of bitterness toward finish. Malty. Light carbonation. Medium bodied. Somewhat thick textured. Good winter time or holiday beer.
jake65 (2851) - Boise, Idaho, USA - APR 15, 2015
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle, Boise imperial stout tasting. Dark brown with a smaller brown ring. Nose is sweet and spicy; vanilla and ginger snap cookie. Really great gingerbread / ginger snap taste... I love it! This is spot on and exactly what I’d hoped for. Well done, I’d love to get my hands on this again around Christmas.
charule (1478) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - APR 3, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to jackl free beer week. Poured almost black with min. Aroma full of spices cinnamon nutmeg sweet. Light carb med bod. Taste is less intense then aroma.
dmac (4510) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - MAR 25, 2015
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at EBF. Poured a great looking pitch bkack with a full foamy beige head. Aroma/flavor of gingerbread cookies, lpsugar topped lightly burnt toast, dry vanilla bean and some milk. Smooth body with average carbonation. Great beer.
WillRunForBeer (1164) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 21, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at EBF. Pours dark brown with a beige head. Aroma is gingerbread, wow! Flavor does not disappoint. Mild chocolate, fresh gingerbread.
GreatDane1632 (708) - USA - MAR 11, 2015
4.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750mL bottle poured into a tulip -- Opaque brown/black pour with quick to dissipate tan head. Aroma of sweet Christmas. Flavor follows and the spice profile is complimentary, subtle and delicious. This beer is so delicious you’ll want to drink a whole bottle and is easy enough to drink you could and high enough abv you’ll be drunk if you do.
rdixon77 (1410) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at RBWG. Nice caramel color. Smelled like gingersnaps cookies. Lots of vanilla and roast. Really sweet and tasty.
Ferris (6858) - Burnaby, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 25, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle - Gingerbread and some roast malts. Deep brown with a thin beige head. Ginger, vanilla and spice with a bit of a bitter finish. Not bad, but finish is a bit harsh.
Homer321 (2509) - Rock Ridge, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at GT. nose is huge ginger and dark bread. Nice clove character with a pine note. Like a cake.
luttonm (2906) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 17, 2015
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler at Brony Tasting, DC. Amazing ginger-snap aroma. Dark brown. Lovely sweet body. Spicy baked sweets, so tasty and balanced well. Great specialty beer. I could drink lots of this.