brokensail (12508) - Orange County, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a tan head. Big spice aromas of clove and nutmeg. Plenty of ginger, some sweet molasses, toast, and chocolate. A bit of sweet potato, maple syrup, and roast. There’s a really good gingerbread, clove, and nutmeg flavor. Notes of maple syrup, sweet potato, bread, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malt.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rating #284. Very dark black pour with a brown head. Big ginger and molasses aroma. Light bitterness, more molasses and ginger with some cinnamon, not bad. (2729)
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Not all that different than a pumpkin stout. Not quite what I was expecting. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really live up to it’s label description. It did go nicely with Reese’s Pieces. Great label art.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with an average, light brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was fairly weak and contained gingerbread, light roasted and chocolate malts; brown sugar; lots of ginger; and other spices. Ginger is the dominant aroma. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter, ever so slightly sour and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was chocolate, cookie, ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon, other spices, roasted malt, ginger bread, but mostly ginger and cinnamon. The medium body was oily and a bit creamy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.
EtTuCthulhu (1328) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch No. 1 bottle. This stout smells like a baked gingerbread cookie with a little extra cinnamon, and the appearance combines an opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer on top of the liquid. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly bitter, but there is a definite mild spice flavor reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie, which mixes ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove; furthermore, the palate fuses a long finish, full body, slick texture, and a soft carbonation, making the flavor the main attraction of this brew.
Cbuk1013 (246) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown color with tan foam, smells of cinnamon and roasted nuts, and malt. Gingerbread flavors with stout finish. Fun beer to try.
annunz123 (921) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full disclosure--I like sweet beers more than most on this board and love ginger. Gingerbread aroma is right up my alley and there’s more of the same in the flavor. But there’s a little tinniness in the aftertaste that combined with the alcohol gives a somewhat unpleasant finish. This beer is good, but I’m still a little disappointed.
BarleyandVine (47) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A rich roasty aroma with supporting spices. The ginger comes through nicely early on the first sip. Subtle sweetness that balances well with the roast and ginger spiciness. A tasty cold rainy night kind of beer. Bravo Sam Adams!
hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... A black pour creates a mid-sized, dense, cappuccino-colored head. Good retention. The bouquet presents a malty, spicy medley of deep-roasted barley, caramel, nutmeg, clove, licorice and cinnamon. Full-bodied with a thick, velvety mouthfeel and feathery carbonation. The flavor is a warm hug on a cold winter night - subtle holiday spices, roasted malts, caramel and a whisper of molasses. Balance is nearly perfect and there is no hint of the relatively high abv; zilch. Heart-warming, lightly minerally finish. Nice effort here. Although the ethanol cannot be smelled or tasted, it can certainly be felt.
jzzbassman (1523) - New Albany, Mississippi, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle tasted at Oxford Tasting Nov 2012. Dark brown pour with a small head. Smells more like allspice than ginger, but wow does it taste like sweetened gingerbread cookies, along with the requisite spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit sweet to drink much of but a tasty take on the style.
JDBaker11058 (1467) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: deep mahogany, with two fingers of frothy, creamy dark tan head that lasts a long time. Aroma: definite gingerbread, with clove, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, candied cherries, and molasses. Taste: ginger snaps, molasses, brown sugar, toasted pumpernickel bread, clove, a little peppery spice, a hint of old leather and maybe some cherry pie filling, with a bit of very dark chocolate far underneath. Finish: spicy, slightly sweet, and a little roasty. Notes: This smelled and tasted exactly as I expected, which is a good thing. Definitely not an every day beer, but a fun treat nonetheless.