jeremytoni (3008) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a dark brown/black color with a fair amount of head. Sweet spicy malty flavor with a quick finish.
johnnnniee (2410) - Bedford, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 10, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a solid dark brown/black color with a huge fluffy tan head that sticks around forever. The aroma is dominated by ginger with a hint of clove sneaking out. There might be more in there but I canít get past the ginger sauce. The flavor is a little better, but not much. Ginger again is a dominant flavor here with some nutmeg and all spice rounding out the spice palette. Thereís some caramel, a hint of chocolate, a touch of lactose, and a bit of wet dog in here to make an attempt at some balance. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sweet spice laden mouthfeel. I did not enjoy this beer, I rank it right up there with cherry wheat. The Ginger is strong enough that instead of thinking gingerbread men Iím thinking Japanese steak house ginger sauce. Great idea, lackluster results.
jhp40219 (316) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
Stracey (39) - Pelham, Alabama, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with thin tan head. Ginger and cinnamon are apparent in first scent. Very spicy beer with little feel of alcohol.very drinkable
Daytonbeer (654) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
MadIndian (2425) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Dixonian (1562) - Plano, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
thirdeye11 (5620) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(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.
abcfan (736) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
davey101 (693) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.