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 (4007) - - 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 (2153) - 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 (430) - Manhattan, 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.
mansquito (4479) - Nueva York, New York, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Associated Supermarket, Bushwick growler ($12.99): Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma is gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate, and roasted malts. Taste is somewhat sweet throughout. Body is kind of oily. Spices are all over the place in the mouth and donít give much respite. Dark malts sustain throughout, but the roast most evident in the finish and the afterataste. I was a bit wary of getting a growler of this, but I think that I will manage to finish this whole jawn without too much difficulty.
GT2 (9412) - Oceanside, California, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
500mL thanks to radagast83. Deep black pour with a magazine thick coffee head. Thick gingerbread nose, dough, spices. Taste is a tad metallic and butyric harsh acid :( a bit too chemical. A bit boozy. Doesn't quite pull it off. A bit papery and harsh on the palate.
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Travlr (17722) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Dark brown color, small tan edge head. Aroma of cinnamon and assorted spice. Taste is spiced chocolate soda bread.
BroSpud (1912) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large bottle. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Good dessert beer for the holidays. A good mix of holiday flavors with all the spices coming through along with enough sweetness to balance it all out. One of the better Sams.
Jethro6191 (501) - Indiana, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap. Pours brown with a thin wispy tan head. Decent lacing. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger aromas. Similar flavors with coffee and chocolate notes. Medium body with a smooth rich mouthfeel. Sweet spicy finish.
robforbes (2089) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours a dark brown with a small khaki head that dissipates quickly, lots of carbonation, and a little lacing.
smell is of spice, cocoa, malt, and bread.
taste is of spice, cloves, cinnamon, malt, cocoa, and some licorice.