lortsker (332) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - MAY 3, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle. Pours dark brown, with a reddish hue. Aroma: Cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, very spiced, malty, molasses, sweet gale, roasted notes, acidic notes, T: Christmas, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, malty sweet, liquorice, star anise, heavily spiced, not for me.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - APR 30, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark black with just a hint of brown mixed in and a finger of frothy khaki colored head. The head fades down fairly slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of holiday spices with some clove, cinnamon, and ginger. There is some dark sweet and roasty malts beneath with a hint of dark fruitiness.
T - Starts off with some holiday spices with some cinnamon, ginger, a hint of sweet dark fruit, and some sweet caramel malts. Through the middle, a bit of roasted malt come through with some more spices and a bit of of light fruity flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet lightly roasted malts with spices, dark fruit, and a hint of booze.
M - Medium-full bodied with moderate-light carbonation. Feels smooth with a sweet, spicy, and warming finish.
D - Very drinkable. Really nice malt and spice balance with good complexity. The finish has a great mix of being sweet and warming.
kschep (1706) - DENMARK - APR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
#1469 bottle; nose is rotten fruit, cream, stale coffee, cola, sour earth, leaves, plum, feel is watery, carb is medium, taste is dried fruit, some gingerbread, sour earth, thyme
doublebock (502) - California, USA - MAR 30, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Black color with thick beige head. Malty and mocha aroma. Very smooth body like a Guinness draft. Sweet toffee and toasted malt flavor with a subtle ginger flavor on the finish.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 24, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle purchased at The Davis Beer Shoppe. The aroma is a bit spicy with perhaps some rye or juniper character. Light anise. Fair sweetness and roastiness presence as well. Nice, robust aroma. Scantly transparent dark brown/mahogany body with a medium light tan head. Decent legging present. Starts quite sweet and sugary at first, with some anise, mild cocoa, and spiciness following. Finishes with a robust roastiness. The English yeast imparts almost a minerally underbody. I found this beer really enjoyable. More along the lines of an English Strong Ale than a Spice/Herb/Vegetable, IMO.
bb (6858) - Alamo, California, USA - FEB 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Spice (ginger - cardamon mostly) and light yeast aroma. Spice and caramel flavor with yeast. Medium bodied. Spice and caramel lingers with light earth and light yeast.
beerguy101 (5284) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 1, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled on 1/28/2012. This spiced/herb ale pours a very dark reddish brown/black color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized tan foamy head, with decent retention and nice lacing. The aroma is caramel, fruity and sweet, spicy with a hint of ginger. A medium bodied spice/herb/vegetable ale. The malts are caramel, fruity and sweet. The hops are earthy and herbal. Mild carbonation. Malt forward, but not sweet. An interesting mix of spices. Its herbal, earthy, and spicy with a touch of hotness. Very smooth and mellow. Nice sipping beer. This beer would make a great Winter Warner session ale. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.
mrmartin (669) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 29, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Black pour with small tan head.. Nose is ginger and roasted malts. Body is full, chocolate, ginger and too much anise. Bitter finish.
bhensonb (11060) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Pours really dark brown with a creamy/bubbly tan head. Aroma is like mint chocolate, except it’s ginger. Med body. Flavor is chocolate with ginger and anise, and likely other things. Interesting and rather tasty. Finishes towards dry.
brokensail (10916) - Orange County, California, USA - JAN 22, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown in color with a small light brown head. There is an overwhelming aroma of licorice to this. The ginger and other spices are there, but the anise really overshadows them. A bit of roasted malt and chocolate is present, maybe a touch of toast. The flavor has a similar intense anise/licorice flavor to it, which works if you are a fan of that. Lots of roasted malt and a bit of vanilla, actually. Not bad, but not really my favorite.