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RATINGS: 486   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
alexanderj (3429) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle; poured a dark brown/black with a medium to large light brown head. Aroma of caramel, cocoa, cookies, spice, roasted malt and alcohol. Flavor was much more seasonal/spice than stout. Some solid spice flavor with a roasted undertone and only hints of cookies. A solid beer for sure.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5639) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle. Black bodied with a tall, dense, thick brown head. Aroma is strong spice and gingerbread cookies. Soft roasted malt comes through as well. Taste is roasted malt, gingerbread cookies, spice notes, flavored coffee and faint chocolate. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation and lots of sugary stickiness. Finishes with more roasted malt, gingerbread cookies, spices and coffee notes.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Very good seasonal offering from Sam. Spices of gingerbread are there in balance with a high-alcohol, but not overly boozy stout. Nice and dark, tan head, definite notes of ginger, clove and cinnamon. Gets the holiday season started.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
dpc0649 (3) - middleville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2012 does not count
This was a pretty good beer. All in all. Iím generally not a big fan of anything made by Sam Adams, but this one tasted like a real beer not some over produced piece of shit. My girlfriend enjoyed it as well, so anytime she can get down on a beer its a win in my book. Great looking head and quality lacing on the glass. Itís no Founderís Breakfast Sout, but it is decent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Bottle poured into glass. Was somewhat jazzed to try this since I like ginger bread. This was somewhat of a disappointment for me. Good aroma, ginger and chocolate malt, but the flavor didnít really do it for me. I let it warm up a bit but the flavor didnít really translate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
Gingerbread is very evident on the aroma, along with spices, brown sugar and hops. Jet black with a thin tan foam. Nicely blended flavors of resin, herbs, cloves and gingerbread. Overall, remarkably smooth with well masked alcohol. Great job Sam Adams. Iíd give this an A rating

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 24, 2012
from bottle. Aroma of cinnamon and other holiday spices. Pours pitch black with light brown head. Tastes like cinnamon up front with a good bit of ginger right after. These along with other spices balance well with the malt so as not to overpower it too much. Decent mouthfeel.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 24, 2012
bottle. oily black pour with a small, stable, brown head. a pumpkin beer array of spices with a roasted malt profile aroma. the stout underneath the spice addition is moderately sweet with lots of bitter roast and sweet chocolates. a bit of breadiness. a balanced stout regarding roasty and chocolaty. spices are quite potent, but acceptable, with the typical pumpkin-like beer addition. full bodied, inky, oily, proper carbo. this is great. SA really hit a homerun with this series.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
obxdude10 (2131) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
I really enjoyed this seasonal offering from Sam Adams. The beer poured a pitch-black color with a consistency of motor oil. The head was dark brown at first, and very thick. The head color seemed to change a bit after the first few sips, to a lighter brown color. The head also left a beautiful, thick and cascading lace around the edges of the glass. The nose features some chocolate, cream, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and freshly baked bread. The body is very thick, but is very well-balanced with a great combination of spices, malt and hops. The flavors are extremely well-rounded, with delicious chocolate and bready malts, nutmeg, cream, light hops, and slight hints of cinnamon and clove. The beer finishes fairly heavy and robust. This beer will definitely warm ya up in the cold winter months, and should add a little bit of cheer to your holiday season!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Thechasm442 (409) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
22 oz bottle served in a duvel tulip. Pours a rich black with a thick tan head and decent lacing. Aroma is roasted malts and barley, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and some wheat. Taste is interesting. Up front there are spices, mostly nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and clover. It is followed by a smooth roasty malt and finishes with a creamy flavor. Mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. This is a unique and really well crafted beer.

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