kitschy (326) - Nebraska, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottle from Beertopia. Dark beer with tan head. Amazing lacing up and down the glass. Aroma is huge - chocolate, ginger, caramon, cloves, perhaps molasses... floral hops... incredible nose. Flavor is strange. like some carrots and beets were stewed in the mash. along with chocolate and fruit. Aftertaste is delicious - sweet, with good malt flavor.
Ernest (7283) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, light brown, mostly lasting.
Body is dark brown.
Aroma is lightly to moderately malty (roasted nuts, caramel), with notes of nutmeg, clove, spruce, and eucalyptus.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The spice blend is somewhat medicinal in character, but still mostly attractive. Pleasant but ultimately underwhelming.
thornecb (5445) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 24, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours deep amber into a snifter. Offwhite head recedes to hug rim. Cinnamon and ginger aromas. Quite spicy from front to back -- you can taste everything described on the label: cinnamon, ginger, cardamon, cloves...dry lasting spice finish.
heemer77 (5290) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 22, 2008
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2009 I tried this again, with about the same result. This like eating burnt gingerbread mixed with lots of clove. It starts out looking ok with a deep brown body and some garnet at the edges. There is a heavy duty light tan head. It smells of strong ginger spice and fresh peas. The taste has that burned character with an English walnut finish. Barely drinkable. This is way over spiced.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - DEC 21, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Dark mahogony pour with a light tan head. Very spicy, ginger, cinnamon allspice a little clove maybe. Very spicy flavor too, whoo. A little bitter as well. Overall not too bad.
odgaard (382) - Skyum, Thisted, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Botle. Large offwhite head. very dark red/brown. Aroma: plum, spices - probably cinamon, a littele alc. Taste: More bitterness and less sweetnes than I had expected. Cinamon and also cardamom is very present. I like it, but indeed its a little strange.
AmEricanbrew (6722) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear brown with a tan head. Lots of minty menthol, pungent pine sol style aromas. Medium body. Flavor is more mainstream with light roasty malts mixed with sage and evergreen brush berries. Must be gettin close to Christmas.
robertjm (847) - Albany, California, USA - DEC 19, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Serious spice-filled aroma!! Absolutely huge! Pours a light tan very huge head with lots of large bubbles, but a head that seems to stay.Lots of spices in the flavor as well. Actually reminds me of a XMAS homebrew I made about 13 years ago. Fair amount of sediment left in the bottom of the bottle. Palatte is full of spices too. Normal weight body. Definately a unique one. Would go great with a curry, or other spicy foods.
EHSRanders (1994) - Tjele, DENMARK - DEC 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Black colour with large creamu light brown fully lasting head. Hoppy and very spicy aroma. Spicy bitter flavor
after4ever (7534) - Brier, Washington, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
500. Oy. This ginger thing, man, you really need to be ready for it. It is strange. Pours a nearly-opaque dark brown with light caramel highlights at the corners. Towering, sudsy tan head. Good lacing. Huge ginger nose starts smacking you around as soon as the cap comes off--very aggressive, very unconventional and unexpected. None of this is bad, but, man, it is also not very appetizing, unfortunately. Creamy medium body, with a sharp, ginger-root-y, dryingly spiced and somewhat scetic mid-palate. Long arid mid-palate. I stopped drinking this as soon as I was done describing it, and the burps are not any more fun than the beer. So why is the score fairly high for something I enjoyed so little? Because the ginger is what bugs, not the beer. The beer is fine. Yeah, the ginger is part of the beer, but a ginger fan might enjoy this. The ginger flavor is wickedly intense, but it is well modulated within the overall aesthetic of the beer. Something else, now, please.