alexanderj (3429) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheBeerGod (5639) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
efecher (70) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dpc0649 (3) - middleville, Michigan, USA - NOV 25, 2012 does not count
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - NOV 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
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.
Thisis12ptfont (1008) - Los Angeles, CA, California, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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
kimjongill (207) - - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
SSSteve (3991) - - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
obxdude10 (2131) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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!
Thechasm442 (409) - Wilmington, Illinois, USA - NOV 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.