Damico (2203) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 26, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours pretty murky dark brownish not quite black. Aroma brings a nice subtle chai tea note from the blend of addition, especially vanilla, cacao, and cinnamon. There are also a bit of birchy root notes as well, and a bit of the ansie. The flavor brings sublte chai tea and some anise as well, with the Dr. Peppery birch flavor popping up out of no where.
daknole (8004) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 24, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Alright this shit is weird. Dark brown beer with loads of spice, tea, roast, coffee, peppery notes. Just wayyyy too much going on. Bizarre and not overly drinkable.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - SEP 29, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bottle served in a Pipeworks snifter. Batch #180.
A: Pours a solid black color with a light khaki head forming on the pour. It recedes quickly to a thin ring. Some splotches of lace.
S: The spices really dominate this nose. A ton of cinnamon and peppercorn with some light vanilla sweetness. Mild chocolate underneath, but this is mostly the spices here.
T: As with the nose the spices dominate the taste, but thankfully itís a tad more balanced. Cinnamon with the clove and some light citrus. Light lactose, some roast and a little chocolate. A little ginger bread to it. ABV is well hidden.
M: Medium bodied with a nice mouthfeel. Medium carbonation with a little bit of prickly carbonation bubbles. Would be pretty nice if the taste wasnít so harsh.
O: I see where they were going with this, but the base beers gets lost with the dominating cinnamon and clove spices. Not that well executed in my opinion. On itís own it doesnít really work, but if paired with another heavily spice food or treat it would be really nice. I could sip a few ounces of this around Christmas time while eating some ginger bread cookies.
Serving type: bottle
ryecatcher (539) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 27, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: SEP 28, 2013 Bottle. Pours a deep dark... blah blah blah -- itís a fucking stout so it looks like a stout. Nose is heavy on the cardamom and it overshadows the rest of the spices. The cacao nibs add a chocolatey body and it is a silky smooth mouthfeel, but mainly it tastes a whole like a heavier version of P-Dubs Pastrami on Rye. Iím not hating, but these spiced brews are getting a bit tired and overdone at that. Been a big fan of this brewery since the first batch of NinVs.Uni ... and you can gimme the Ninjas, the Abductions and the various Belgians til the cows come home and hell, I donít even mind the addition of fruit... but for the love of God fellas -- please knock off the potpourri beers.
jtclockwork (6216) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours dark brown with tan head. Nose and taste of winter spices, cocoa, vanilla, milk sugar, star anise, cinnamon and cardamom. Medium body.
ChiGuy68 (295) - Illinois, USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tasted from a bomber I picked up from Before You Go, in Logan Square, Chicago. It poured dark brown/black with a quickly dissipating beige head and minimal lacing. Spiced Chai aroma. I believe this will be a beer with small cult following. It is delicious, but not in a way that will give it mass appeal.
rhsiung (486) - USA - SEP 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
bomber from wlvliquors. delicious. different spices than in holiday and pumpkin beers. if you donít like chai, you wonít like this. me, i wish i could get it at starbucks. or argo.
Cbuk1013 (228) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was a bit disappointed. Smells totally like chai tea. Taste is a bit thin, heavy on the cinnamon. Tastes like Christmas. O.K. Beer.
Imperial_Scout (282) - Illinois, USA - SEP 1, 2013
1.2 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours dark brown with tan head. Look like a good stout. Nose and taste are otherwise. Maybe Iím not a fan of xmas beers in August, but that what this is. Cinnimaon is over powering. The beer actually has a nice body too it, but this one isnít my thing.
rxeight (785) - Illinois, USA - AUG 31, 2013
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Way too much spice. Tastes like turkish coffee. Really doesnt get much milk stout. Not impressed.