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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   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 it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
dfinney23 (2938) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Aroma and taste of gingerbread and caramel without being overly sweet. Unfortunately, unlike with cookies, you can’t bite the head off a gingerbread beer. This year’s seems a little smoky. Can you toast gingerbread?

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
RamyG4 (324) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is loaded with spice; ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lots of caramel, a good amount of alcohol as well. Taste is very sweet, some coffee and more spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Pretty good.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
radagast83 (7392) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was spiced gingerbread notes, touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some lightly burnt malts. Some earthy hop character came out in this one as well. In a pinch this one is a decent holiday brew, though the Hardywood one we had just prior to this one was hard to beat.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
The body is very dark brown, almost black. Rich and robust, with many spice notes (I detected cinnamon and ginger). Some light hop bite.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
screigh (670) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Pours a deep black color. Large brown head lats with lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet and super ginger. Taste is super ginger. Kind of a slick oatmeal mouthfeel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Serving: Bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The nose reminds me of a combination of gingerbread and root beer. The flavor is on the sweet side with notes of ginger, cinnamon, spice bread, and light brown malt notes. It comes across as more of a brown ale than a stout to me. Medium bodied with a lasting finish. This one didn’t do much for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Huhzubendah (3546) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Shared by radagast83. Thanks Chris! The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma of spice, sweet, sugary malts, light chocolate. The flavor is ok. A bit cloying and certainly best in small quantities. Not in the same league as the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout we had just prior. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation. Alcohol presence not as well disguised as it could be. Overall, this was middle of the road.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
beerbastard (841) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours Black with Tan head that holds on to the sides. Bursting with aromas of gingerbread, clove, and nutmeg. Tastes same spices with some roasted malts, little smoke. Sweet. All of these flavors loiter on my palate into the finish. Fun Chirstmas beer, especially fun to share with friends not into craft beer.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 11/20
thechandler (593) - Charleston, West Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a creamy tan head. Aroma is sweet and spicy. Flavor is reasonably sweet. Notes of crystallized ginger, rather than gingerbread. Additional notes of nutmeg and allspice. Not bad, but a little sweet for me. Very creamy and sweet.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4047) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Oh sam adams, how you rarely disappoint... but you certainly managed to on this occasion. Not that this is a horrible beer or anything. On the contrary, it is actually fairly tasty. But while this is a tasty beverage, it doesn’t hold a candle to the original Hardywood GBS. I guess that was my mistake in going into this having just had the Hardwood version. this one does pour a nice dark clear brown with good head retention, and is quite nice to look at. And all the notes of ginger and nutmeg are there, but it is overpowered by the cinnamon and overall just seems a bit thin on the palate. I did love the label art with the little guy that gets his leg broken off. But for my money, I’d rather pick up a Hardywood that is about 10x’s as delicious and little cheaper to boot!

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