sonnycheeba (2520) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a thick pillow of frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roast malt, gingerbread, sugar, cinnamon, floral hops, some dark fruit, and spice. Flavor is roast and caramel malt forward with heavy gingerbread and spice and light hops and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
llcooldave (985) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Black in the glass. Dark roasted flavor notes along with some holiday spices. Aroma of dark cocoa and more spice; clove and cinnamon. Overall, a solidly brewed effort. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing!
BucannonXC5 (663) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Type: 22-oz. bomber
Glass: Karl Strauss pint
From: Costco in San Marcos, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2012
Price: $20 for Small Batch Collection variety 4-pack
BOD: None, “Batch 1” on back of label
Black with 2-3 fingers of tan head. Sporadic and bad lacing. Below average retention and was gone within 7-8 minutes.
Smelled Fire Balls, Ginger Ale, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and a tad bit of honey.
Tasted a lot of those smells but with a bit of a butter cheesy feel. Got nutmeg, cinnamon, butter, cheese and gingerbread. Definitely a huge artificial taste.
Medium body. Oily texture. Soft (Below average)-to-average carbonation. Abrupt finish.
Really not a fan of this beer at all. The smell was the best part and then it just took a drastic turn.
jgb9348 (4274) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep dark brown coloured, almost completely opaque with a nice, two centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of tons of roasted malt, cherries, caramel, toffee, apples and a bit of nice pungent ginger - very nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavour with anise, allspice, cinnamon and tons of ginger of course noticeable with a very full bodied maltiness and a lot of sweetness at the end. Aftertaste is quite deep with the roasted malt and spices really coming out, but the full flavour and the alcohol warmth at the end really help the complexity of the spices. Overall, a very nice beer offered by who - Sam Adams - great to see! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Giant Food in Falls Church (Bailey’s Crossroads), Virginia on 17-November-2012 for US$6.49 sampled at home in Upstate New York on 07-December-2012.
Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draught at Khoury’s, The beer is a brownish-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and gingerbread. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, ginger and chocolate. The finish is toasty with a sweetly spiced aftertaste. Above average overall.
PorterPounder (4931) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - World Market - 22 oz bomber. Licorice black pour, initially thick but thins out khaki colored head, thin lacing. Aroma of licorice, Carbona cleaner, nutmeg and ginger. Full-bodied flavor that could get cloying if it does not settle down a bit, Notes of licorice, ginger snap cookies, a touch of nutmeg - some potting soil notes in the back end. Thickish, rich mouthfeel. Strong individually in all four categories but overall too cloying - 12 oz would have been enough.
2mu2ku (20) - - DEC 7, 2012
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Flat out awesome. Subtle hint of gingerbread, but all stout. Light on the palate. If you love Bells, Founders stouts, you’ll appreciate this beer.
argo0 (11077) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Small beige head atop cola dark brown body. Aroma is moderately sweet, gingerbread, some milk chocolate, light cinnamon. Taste is moderately sweet, gingerbread, cocoa, some cinnamon, roast. Soft medium body.
Westmeister (1293) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours a black with a medium creamy tan head. Nose of heavy spicing, cinnamon, ginger, baked bread. Taste is spicy, chocolate, ginger, pie spices. Very filling and full-bodied. I really enjoyed this, but found it to be almost too much for one person. Oh, who am I kidding, I killed it. Delicious.
bigrond (1408) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew was Very, very good. Pours a deep dark brown with nice head which dissipates quickly. Palate its strong. The gingerbread is barely there, which is good. Finishes smooth, alcohol is well hid.