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RATINGS: 427   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive, beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But itís the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jhp40219 (304) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle poured into snifter glass. Pours like a milkshake! Black with a giagantic tan head that takes quite some time to fade and leaves loads of lacing behind. When chilled, the aroma is huge with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove aroma. Smells like I just walked into Bed, Bath and Beyond in December! Christmas in a bottle! I want this aroma as a candle! However after it warms, aroma is just strong alcohol. (Aroma rating is based on the chilled aroma). Taste really is fresh baked gingerbread! Cinnamon, banana, nutmeg, clove, ginger, malts and cocoa. Spices really do have a kick, giving a peppery burn on the tongue and throat as it finishes. And that 9% alcohol is definitely noticable in the taste too. Palate is thick and extremely rich with a good amount of carbonation and a long finish of cinnamon and malts with the aforementioned burn. Great dessert beer! Perfect for this season. Delicious, but definitely not something youíre going to want to drink more than one in a sitting.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours black with thin tan head. Ginger and cinnamon are apparent in first scent. Very spicy beer with little feel of alcohol.very drinkable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Daytonbeer (644) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Pours jet black with brown heat and nice lacing. Aroma of anise, clove, and ginger with malts and chocolate. Taste is soy sauce and licorice. Interesting winter brew. Good for a cold winter night.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
MadIndian (2380) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
Bottle. Hmm, this one was hard for me to rate. As far as a holiday brew goes, it does its job well with hints of ginger, spice, cinnamon androasted malt. It is not something I would drink on a regular basis, but it was fine for a holiday beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Dixonian (1561) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
22oz bottle. Deep black pour, tan head. Smells like a fresh baked gingerbread cookie with hints of spices and cocoa. Flavor is heavily spiced and chocolaty. Yum!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
thirdeye11 (5544) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
(Draught) dark brown, very dark brown fine head. Nose of gingerbread, spices, milk chocolate. Taste of milk chocolate, heavy spices and gingerbread, anise, medium body, delicious.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
abcfan (720) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Great looking and tasting brew! Pours black with a full/fluffy brown head. Aroma is chocolate and gingerbread. Taste is gingerbread, but not overwhelming, it has a bitter coffee balance to it. Finish is very long / sticky like ginger cocoa powder.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
davey101 (692) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2012
Batch 1, 650ml bottle into a DFH signature glass. A - Pours a dark black body. One finger of light tan foam with super sticky lacing and retention. S - Dominating cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger snaps lead into some roasty malts. Sweet and spicy, Really does smell like a gingerbread cookie. T - Ginger, sugar, cinnamon, bitter roasted malts. Kind of a mess actually. Alcohol is present and makes the large level of sweetness quite noticeable. Meh, not impressive. M - Thin to medium bodied which makes the alcohol pretty unpleasant. O - Great concept, but it didnít materialize too well. Smell is incredible but the taste and mouth feel leave a lot to be desired. Really wanted to like this one, damn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Pailhead (4808) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, chocolate, and light roasted coffee. It pours a dark brown with no transparency and a large tan head with good retention that leaves behind a decent amount of webbing. The flavor starts with a quick dose of sweet chocolate. There is a good dose of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon that build into the finish and mix with some vanilla and light roasted coffee notes. Itís medium bodied with soft carbonation and mouthfeel.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
hopslammer (30) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 6, 2012
Sam Adams has yet to disappoint. Except for their blonde barley wine, that was a little weak...BUT this is delicious. Upon popping the cap and taking an immediate inhale, you can smell Christmas in the air (or at least coming out of the bottle). Iím not terribly familiar with gingerbread cookies as i never really make or made them as a kid, but the special ingredients are listed in on the front label and I know what they all taste like. It smells like all those ingredients. However, upon liquid to lips, the taste is more akin to a very good stout. ie, it loses some of its "cookie" flavor. Though, the cookie flavor comes about as an after taste. Overall, a very good beer. I would certainly get again, and at 9% and only 7.99$ (in Indiana) it makes the decision that much easier!

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