legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a deep black with khaki head. Nice nose of ginger and spices but the flavours get way too cloying towards the end of the bottle.
ShawnC (74) - - OCT 25, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with a creamy pale brown head. Nose is great. Spicy gingerbread with nutmeg and cinnamon, coffee malts hide in the background. Great mouthfeel. Spices are very tight in mid palate. Stout in the front and stout on the finish with ginger and spice in the middle. Finish is lingering dark malt with a touch of hop presence just to clean up.
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Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from Binnyís Lakeview. Pours a very deep brown, mostly black colored body with a finger-width, dense and creamy, very dark brown head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is big spices up front with a bit of a fruitcake as well as a decent chocolate, caramel, and roast backing. Definitely get each of the ginger, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg spices that mix with the fruitcake and light roasts nicely as this warms more. Flavor is similar. Spices and a light fruitcake up front before a nice chocolate and light caramel sweetness come in. Medium-light roasts towards the end blend nicely with the soft chocolates and a light vanilla note before this finishes fairly dry and balanced with the gingerbread spicing and chocolate covered roasts leaving a lengthy aftertaste. Medium, smooth and soft body with a soft, medium-light carbonation. Overall, a really solid stout. Smooth and sweet, but balanced really well with plenty of spices and a light roast. Nicely done.
Mora2000 (5304) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg notes, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The ginger and strong cinnamon notes really come through strongly. They are joined by some chocolate and roasted malt character that melds well with the spices. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, spicy stout.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 22, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma has dark roasted grain, some chocolate, gingerbread spices. Flavor is very much the same with a light sweetness. Medium-heavy mouthfeel with medium-high carbonation. Overall, was very tasty bud I guess I was a tad dissapointed. Mouthfeel seemed a bit thin and I expected a bit more bolder flavors.....then again, maybe itís just me. Liked it non the less.
bluejacket74 (1177) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours dark brown/black with about an inch tan head. Head retention is good, and thereís a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is nice, it smells like gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted malt and chocolate. The taste is pretty much just like the aroma, itís mostly sweet and spicy. Thereís also the addition of some molasses and cloves to the taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium, itís creamy and a bit smooth with moderate carbonation. I think itís a solid overall brew, I might have to buy another bottle. Not too bad for $7.99.
degbert (963) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. (Firsties.) Pours a rich, oily brown-black with a high, tight-grained head. Nose is molasses, spice, and dried fruit -- itís a beer that smells like a fruitcake. (And I mean a good fruitcake, not that thing your Aunt Harriet keeps giving people every year.) At the front of the mouth, itís dry and spicy, but the sweetness opens up into what I can only call molasses-drenched espresso. On the finish, notes of vanilla and brown sugar open up, and there is a return of that same dryness. Very nice and well balanced.