HopTsing (443) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
From the bottle poured a very dark brew with a thick, foamy, dark brown head. Aroma of ginger bread cookies. Full bodied with a nice feel and the flavors of ginger bread cookies and a nice hop presence.
Sperine (283) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Capone's in Norristown, PA. This is the definition of a dessert beer. The gingerbread flavors are great. Incredibly smooth. Perfect for enjoying slowly after a meal.
trujahwarrior (509) - Monroe, Washington, USA - JAN 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a growler, pours a dark brown/black color with a mediump khaki head that leaves light lacing. Smells of gingerbread and spices and a hint of chocolate. Tastes of gingerbread, spices, chocolate and molasses. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy with great carbonation. Overall this is a great tasting winter spiced stout with a gingerbread touch. Too bad it only available this winter since its part of their batch one series.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark and black with a thin but dense brown head. Nose is definitely gingerbread, but one could say pumpkin pie as you can get cinnamon, cloves, ginger, molasses and some hints of chocolate. The taste is sweet, but not over the top as one would think from the nose, the bitterness balance is great and come through a lot on the end. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy, heavy and has a long finish. Nice treat.
ChainGangGuy (4422) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a thickish, tan-hued head of foam.
Smell: Roasty, dark malts with notes of bitterish chocolate, dark caramel, a little toast, a hint of fruit, and good showing of the spice blend.
Taste: A start of solid maltiness of toast mingled amongst the roastiness. Dark chocolate squares, spiced caramel. Moderate sweetness. Scant fruitiness. A pinch of standard sugar with the spice character. MMGS features each component nicely, without me quickly tiring of the spices. The roastiness pulls back a bit to let the spices close out the smooth, creamy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit soft. Smooth mouthfeel overall.
Overall: Well-integrated alcohol and the spice character was pleasant without being over-the-top. I thought it was better than I had expected.
Chuckaduck (670) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours the deepest brown-black (looks like motor oil) with a very bubbly, fast-diminishing brown head. Aroma is ginger, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, fruit, brown sugar. Holy wow. Taste is a flavor explosion; licorice, ginger, mint, cloves, some sweetness, and a bitter chocolate finish. Spotty lacing. Medium-high carbonation. This was really interesting. I am so glad I found some bottles of this. Iím going to call this a success. Itís flavorful, itís drinkable, itís pretty strong. I like it.
sthlm (1233) - Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
[Bottle] Pours very dark brown with a nice brown head. Aroma lives up to the description, with lots of spice (nutmeg, clove--I actually would have guessed allspice as well if not for the description). Very mild ginger. Taste is quite nice, and markedly improves with warming. Spice integrated very nicely. Hit of alcohol early, then becomes well restrained. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, very dry, long finish. Overall, a very nice spiced beer.
HeadyDE (521) - Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle offering into snifter..pretty black color..1.5 finger head after aggressive pour..brownish head..gingerbread aroma is spot on and better than expected..clove..nutmeg are secondary..intriguing smelling beer..reminiscent of some pumpkin offerings as they share similar profiles..mouthfeel is ok..alcohol is well hidden..suprisingly so..palate is smooth, but on the end finish is a bit watery and flimsy..ok..gimmick beer..
nittanyjim (59) - - JAN 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black as night with a tan head. Some lacing w/ decent carbonation. Aroma is sweet like cola with clove-like spices. Taste starts with spice, mixing with sweet malt and just the slightest bit of bitterness. Fades with spices (ginger and cinnamon?). Mildly chewy mouthfeel. A solid beer, but I donít really pick up on much in the way of a gingerbread flavor.
DuffMan (7030) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap @ Public House in Vegas. Dark brown stout appearance. Aroma is equally sweetly spicy and smokey-- quite surprising. Surprising malty depth to the palate: dark chocolate, roast, and a meaty smokey Bamberg-esque character all support a balanced amount of Christmas spices (nutmeg, clove, ginger). Moderate bitter finish ends things nicely. Surprisingly excellent!