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RATINGS: 463   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 itís the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Onslow (1210) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2013
Pour from a 22oz bomber. Inky dark brew with small tan head. Aroma of ginger, sweet malt, nutmeg, other spices. Taste is sweet up front with lots of ginger and mulling spices. Finishes a little dry with (surprise!) a lot of ginger. Really solid seasonal with all the trimmings, though a bit heavy on the spice, especially ginger. (Nuthing wrong with Ginger but I like Mary Ann.)

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
mnmike (1047) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 30, 2013
Quality brew - the nutmeg and other spices really are the main story here. Head lasted forever.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
samsmith33 (402) - - JAN 30, 2013
Ginger, lemon, cranberry or pomegranate. Dark black pour, creamy head. Thick looking with legs. Toast and coffee in the taste in addition to the ginger/gingerbread from the aroma. A Sharp bite late. A nice holiday beer.....too bad I didn?t try it until almost February. I think this is more of what the old fezziwig ale should be.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
daknole (9443) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - JAN 27, 2013
Dark brown pour, tan head. Aroma of spice cake, gingerbread, light hops, some faint roasted malt. Flavor is sweet and spicy. Cookies, mulling spices.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bu11zeye (11971) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - JAN 26, 2013
(22oz bottle) Pours a black body with a thick brown head. Aroma of gingerbread, clove, cinnamon, chocolate, and graham cracker. Flavor of clove, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, graham cracker, marshmallow, chocolate, and roasted malt.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Ughsmash (7182) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a well-retained smoked beige head. The aroma picked up bright cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise over a good blend of chocolates and rye bread.. spice-heavy, but enjoyable. The flavor found tart spices on the tip of the tongue (ginger, cloves, and cinnamon more than anything else), with gingerbread and chocolate supporting.. finished with a good blend of tart wintery spices and sweet, tasty malts. Medium-bodied and quite spicy on the palate.. good stuff.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Jow (2264) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
Bottle from whole foods on really cold night. Pours dark brown with thin head. Nose is of lovely gingerbread. Taste is not overpoweringly gingerbread with just the right amount and itís not a sugary sweet mess luckily. Ubget nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, chocolate, smoke, and coffee. Itís creamy light booze to finish

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
SDalkoholic (2179) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a thick development of foam head which took several minutes to retreat while the stout appeared a dark blackish brown hue. Aroma is decked with scent of real ginger bread cookies with notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg really tricks my mind into the notion that I am about to actually eat a gingerbread man cookie. As for the drink, the same ingredients become more apparent in the flavor but then also bring out the dark roast malts that ensure that this really is a stout. In the finish, there is a harsh astringent aftertaste that kind of ruins the fun of drinking this beer.

4.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
rangerred (955) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber. Pours pitch black with a fairly thick one finger dark tan head. While head retention isnít especially outstanding, the lacing is. This is really a nice looking beer. Gingerbread is huge in the aroma along with a healthy dose of clove. Really no subtleties here. Some cinnamon and allspice but I really have to try hard to pick out any stout characteristics. Almost no roast, coffee, or chocolate. A little too spice heavy. On the taste, there is a little more going on. Still extremely heavy on the spices with ginger, nutmeg and allspice dominating. Peel that back, however, and you have some vanilla and cinnamon notes along with some hints of baked bread, molasses, and brown sugar. I honestly tastes like taking a bite of a gingerbread man. You really need to let the beer warm up a little for the flavors to make a big impact. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the sweetness remains dialed back enough to make this fairly drinkable. I have to say I had my doubts at first but Samuel Adams has really pulled off a good one. This beer is so gingerbread like it is scary. Like someone put a pulverized gingerbread man into a stout. I really wish I wouldíve tried this earlier so I could have picked up another bottle to age.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1010) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
Bottle. Pitch with creamy mocha head and dense lacing. Smells roasty, almost smoky, sweet and spiced. Flavor follows- but slightly disjointed- and a little overkill. Syrupy.


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