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RATINGS: 127   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.76   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
I probably didnít let this one "warm" up enough as there isnít 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 CPís 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. Iím glad I split this bottle, as I wouldnít think Iíd enjoy a full bottle to myself, but as my glass empties, I find myself wishing there was more. Fantastic beer. Iíd like more, and am definitely interested in the Barrel-Aged version now.


4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CanIHave4Beers (3322) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2014
Bottle, shared by a kind soul, in a location remote of my dining room.
Pours a very dark brown with a decent head and good lacing on the glass.

The aroma is loads of ginger with some brown sugar and some roastiness. Itís more ginger forward than anything, but in the most inviting and appetizing way Iíve maybe ever experienced in a beer with ginger.

The flavor is gingery and surprisingly only lightly sweet. Itís got a nice light roastiness, and a nice spiciness. Like with the aroma though this is pretty centered around ginger with all the other elements complimenting that.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
AirForceHops (3308) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 14, 2014
750 ml bottle. Thanks to Adam Jackson on this 2013 vintage. Yes, I am drinking a ginger bread beer in September, what to make a thing about it? Deep brown color with plenty of head retention. Aroma is a lot of spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and mild nutty hints.

The flavor is more along the true organic/ natural ginger bread flavor. Unlike a Boston beer made ginger bread stout I had holidayís of beers past. This stout is subtle and integrated pretty well. The body is a tad thinner for a higher gravity stout, got to say the spice is nicely subtle. At 9.2 % with spice this is damn easy to down. Finishing snifter number two right now!

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
wedgie9 (2004) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 3, 2014
Tasted on 2/8/14 from a bottle at the RBWG Grand Tasting, big thanks to Drake for sharing. Pours completely black with an average brown head that slowly recedes to average, even lace. The nose is dark molasses and plenty of spicy ginger, it is really impressive how much this smells like a gingerbread cookie. The flavor is fairly sweet up front, moving to some bitterness and ginger spice, like a gingerbread cookie that is just a little bit burnt on the bottom. The body is full with very light carbonation and a long lightly bitter molasses and ginger finish.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Emeister84 (1040) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - AUG 3, 2014
Aromas of gingerbread, dark chocolate, milk chocolate, some roast. Black with a fairly lasting tan head. Lightly sweet. Full bodied.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 15, 2014
750 ml bottle from RABinCO back when he was RABinVA - thanks again, Ryan! Pours a deep opaque brown with a huge tan head. Aroma of ginger, chocolate, holly, pine, earth, leaves, roast, and a splash of brown sugar. The flavor is the same. Medium-bodied, with low carbonation and an earthy, spicy, smooth mouthfeel. Something is a little off here. I had higher hopes. It isnít bad, just a little disappointing.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
brokensail (11089) - Orange County, California, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting. Very dark brown pour with a tan head. Aromas of molasses, ginger, clove, and cocoa powder. A bit of toffee and oatmeal. Decent roasted malt, too. Flavor is slightly sweet with some toffee, molasses, and oatmeal character. Mild bitterness of roasted malt and cocoa powder. Nice ginger spiciness.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
GenDV138 (1452) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 5, 2014
Bottle I brought to the RBSG 2014 Grand Tasting at Schlafly Tap Room. 2013 release. Dark brownish black with light tan head. Aromas of ginger, mint, chocolate. Tastes of chocolate, ginger, light mint, caramel. Medium-full body with a dry finish. Better fresh but interesting to see how itís changed with some mintiness coming through..

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcnielsen (2190) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JUN 25, 2014
Sampled at Grand Tasting during RBSG. Pours a deep brown color with white head. Spice, cookie, oats flavors.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
adnielsen (9285) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUN 21, 2014
Bottle @ RBSG Grand Tasting. Pours a reddish brown appearance with a brown head. Ginger, caramel, toffee, slightly minty nose. Dark chocolate, ginger, caramel, spicy flavor. Fine.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RussianDragon (491) - - MAY 8, 2014
On tap at Rustico Ballston. Pours a still black with deep red hues when backlit. Aroma is freshly cut ginger and roasted malts. Flavor is hot ginger and general spicules. Solid.


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