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RATINGS: 507   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
hopscotch (10612) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
jzzbassman (1587) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JDBaker11058 (1935) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chudwick (2819) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bomber - pours black with brown head and decent lacing. Nose is milk chocolate, ginger and alcohol. Flavor adds coffee, a general spiciness, more alcohol and a solid malt base. Taste is bitter and spicy - an interesting mix. Very boozy. I wonder how this would taste without all of the spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Draft at Crunchyís (from backlog). Dark brown pour with clove ginger and allspice aromas. Molasses, ginger, and allspice in the flavor. This beer was named well.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
superspak (4675) - Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in 10/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark khaki with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of spices and dark malt notes. Taste of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, dark bread, molasses, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, dark bread, toast, clove, molasses, and light roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of roasted malt flavors with spices with good complexity; with a nice malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial stout! Great balance of dark malt and spice flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - MAR 16, 2013
A very fun stout -- wish I had this over the holidays. Strong gingerbread aroma. Christmas spice flavors -- besides gingerbread, cinnamon and nutmeg too. A pretty good roasty stout base, with few chocolate or coffee notes (to be expected). Maybe just a hair too sweet, and a hair too syrupy (as opposed to merely thick) in mouthfeel. But those are nitpicks. This is good; I enjoy it; and do like the lingering spices after taking a sip. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 11, 2013
Sample from a tasting at Samís, Durham. It was a chilly day, so the spiced stout style appealed. Thick dark brown pour, a silky, gritty body. Nose was fairly unapologetic in its spiciness but it seemed to work with the richness of the chocolate base. Certainly did taste strongly like a gingerbread cookie but other spice notes like nutmeg, cinnamon, even a hint of clove were in there too. I donít know if I could do a bomber of this but the sample I had was plenty enjoyable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - MAR 10, 2013
Bottle. Molasses, cake, and ginger, and anise aroma. Black with a huge tan head, thick creamy lacing. Molasses, anise, lightly smoky malt, ginger, and cola flavor. Medium body, flat carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
shrubber85 (10675) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - MAR 8, 2013
Bottle. Gingerbread malt aroma with hint of licorice. Dark brown with moderate tan head. Ginger malt, light pepper/anise and ash flavor. Nice body. Well blended. Overall solid beer.

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