Drake (8030) - 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 (133) - 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 (881) - 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 (588) - 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 (2715) - 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.
AndyW68 (1022) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with weak brown head. Licorice aroma that doea not follow through to tasting. Not very carbonated. Roasted malt, sweet with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Gingerbread comes through strong. Bitter ending fade s quickly. Love it.
jkwalking05 (3619) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black with a good sized tan head. Aroma is of ginger, cinnamon, molasses, roasted malts, vanilla. Taste is of cinnamon, sharp ginger, roasted malt.
travita (3831) - Frisco, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is dark, black in color, and tannish in color. The smell is gingerbread, heavily spiced, metallic, molasses, and baking. The taste is roasted, so spiced, ginger, black licorice, and ok.
ReggieDunlap (3005) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a thin mocha head...looks thick. Aroma is cinnamony but definitely reminiscent of gingerbread. Flavor is roasty cinnamon/allspice/clove with a hint of roasty/burnt malts like molasses but again...i see where they are going with the gingerbread thing. Mouthfeel is medium/full with a roasty/spicy finish.