bb (6532) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Blackish beer with a brown head. Ginger and light mollasses aroma with rich malt. Toffee and ginger flavor with light spice. Medium bodied. Toffee and ginger lingers with light spice and malt.
cards04 (1424) - Steinbach, Manitoba, CANADA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with cocoa head. Enjoyed at JL Beers in Fargo. Lots of interesting things going on here. Aromas are indeed of ginger bread. I also get some nice vanilla, bubblegum and roasted malt flavours. Good stuff!
Braudog (5459) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, of course. Gingerbread cookie aroma wafts at least a foot away from the glass. If you get closer, you get more of an alcohol tease. It drinks quite nicely ... not as much gingerbread as I feared. Instead, a mellow cinnamon, holiday beer essence. Enjoyable holiday stout. (#4886, 1/3/2013)
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with a frothy, uneven light-brown head. The aroma is strikingly reminiscent of gingerbread cookies - the ginger root spiciness is there, but greatly tempered with sweet vanilla malts, cinnamon and clove - just like in actual gingerbread cookies and cakes. Mildly sweet, lightly bitter flavor with mild coffee notes under spicy ginger, toffee candies, light alcohol. A bit thin bodied, but this is a really festive holiday beer. Boston Beer Co. really needs to put this into their winter pack alongside Old Fezziwig.
Drake (7843) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rumor has it, this beer came about after Ed Koch visited Hardywood Park brewing, famous for their Gingerbread Stout, and the similarities are there. 22 ounce bottle from Giant Leesburg. Pours a dark brown color with a medium sized dark brown frothy head. Decent head retention. Aroma of ginger, herbal notes, a bit of coconut. The taste is roasted malts, ginger, herbal notes, anise, burnt sugar. Medium bodied. Not as great as the Hardywood, but still a solid beer.
DuffManOhYeah (132) - USA - JAN 1, 2013
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
Smells good, and if you think about gingerbread when you are taking a sip, the taste really comes through. The after taste is pretty sore. Wouldn’t buy again.
mixmasterob (877) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour with a big fluffy, dense brown head. Nice looking pour. Aroma was big time spice. Loads of cinnamon, molasses, roast and ginger bread. If not overly spiced, pretty good. Flavor a were right on par. Cloves, rich dark malts, cocoa, cinnamon and ginger. Mouthfeel was rich and big with decent carbonation. Big time spice all over this one. Good stuff.
dogfishho (583) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours somewhat thin but nearly opaque black with a thin tan head. The aroma is roasty, dominated by a strong ginger note. On the palate the gingerbread flavor is balanced by mice alcohol warming and rich malty sweetness. Somewhat one-noted, but the note is good.
alobar (2589) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a tar black color with a creamy tan head. Excellent lacing. Aroma of cinnamon ginger, roasted malt, and wheat. Spice flavor with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted malt, and hint of vanilla. Creamy mouthfeel. Very nice beer.
BeerStallion (5) - - JAN 1, 2013 does not count
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
A: pours a dark brown with absolutely no light pass through. Head is a creamy dark tan.
S: Sweet caramel malt with notes of anise, gingerbread, and alcohol.
T: A dark sour ale with strong flavors of clove. The gingerbread taste is pretty subtle. Clove cinnamon, cardamom, coriander, and nutmeg dominate this brew. Not so much a gingerbread ale as it is a spiced dark flemish sour.
M: I expected it to be more creamy based on the smell. Not much carbonation to speak of.
O: I guess I expected more of a thick gingerbread stout. I was surprised, but not disappointed, by this beer. It is tasty in that same weird way that I like to dip my French fries into my frosty...or chocolate covered pretzels. Sour and spice make a nice combination that hides the 9% quite well.