AirForceHops (2986) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Did a side-by-side comparison with Bison Organic Gingerbread Ale and the SA won. Get way to cap off a night of tasting on 29 Dec 2012. Deep black color in a snifter. Aromas of gingered bread, chocolate malt, cinnamon, and a touch of molasses. Flavor is roasted malt dominant with licorice, ginger snap cookies and molasses. Medium body, soft carbonation with a light silky texture. Some ABV warmth after the sip.Overall, I think this is slightly above average and a nice holiday brew.
lamas (1347) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Batch #1. A jet-black pour with a thick and creamy chestnut head. Gingerbread cookies! Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, caramel, a wheaty graininess, and some roasted malts in the aroma. Goes down medium-bodied and rather smooth. Caramel, some molasses, and a touch of candi sugar upfront taste-wise. Kinda banana bready/fruit cakey. Touches of raisins & figs here and there. The finish is mildly bitter with some roasted black coffee and dark chocolate. Plenty of the aforementioned wintry spices present the whole way through. The alcohol is hidden quite nicely. Another surprise from Sam Adams.
pineypower (2485) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Spirits Crossroads. Pours black with a nice tan head. Aroma is of sweet and spicy gingerbread, roast, light chocolate and some light bitterness. Taste is complex, the gingerbread is nicely balanced, the spices are noticeable, but never over the top, some cinnamon, light roast, mild chocolate. Everything works in this very well. Nice work SA.
gripweed57 (608) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 ounce bottle. Opague brown, black color topped by a thick bubbly tan head. Aroma or sweet roasted malt, molasses and gingerbread. Rich chewy roasted malt flavor with obvious gingerbread flavor. Molasses, raisins, figs and all the spices are here. Nice to sip this by the fireplace or chiminea. Thick and rich with a nice treacle-like finish. Some resiny hops as well.
damzz (249) - Massachusetts, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black with a medium brown head. Nose is ginger. Palate is thick, smooth, spice with some malt. Good sipping stout.
Kinz (3257) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours black with a decent deep tan head that slowly fades away. Aroma of, well, gingerbread. Really rather spot on there. The flavor is similar, but the spice hits just a bit too hard, particularly the nutmeg and clove. Not bad, but if you were going to get that spicy, it would have needed a lot more body to cover for it.
OntBeerDrinker (424) - Ontario, CANADA - DEC 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Big brown head black beer. Smells of spice and chocolate. The chocolate is more there then the spice’s when it’s cold,but when it gets warmer its the other way aropund. aslo some hop bit,site’s heavy with a strong 9% felt. Gets me buzzed. Seem;s more like a chocolate stout with spice’s/ Good but not great., Stout fan. Cool Label cheer’s!
drjay44 (2583) - Salida, Colorado, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml. bottle. Pours a thick, well retained, beige head, with some lacing, over a clear, dark brown (SRM 35) body....nose is ginger, heavy molasses, slight clove.....taste is ginger, heavy molasses, clove, light brown sugar, hints of nutmeg, clove, very light cinnamon heat, finishing with a slightly harsh spice melange....mouth feel medium, sticky, slightly astringent, carbonation low, after the exuberant lasting head. The spices, while used judiciously, are dominant in this beer, except for the heavily roasted malts. This is, in essence, a bunch of gingerbread, dumped into a vat of a light Russian Imperial Stout or, more likely, because of the heavy molasses aroma and flavor, Baltic Porter. BJCP 8/3/13/4/7
jd10 (68) - Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 27, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours nearly black with brown head. aroma is almost entirely gingerbread spices - mostly nutmeg and cloves - although some wheat and maybe anise sneak into the background, too. taste is immediate ginger, dark bread, and some molasses. starts fairly sweet but the finish is spicy and surprisingly bitter and astringent, with a strong lingering aftertaste (anise and cinnamon/spice?) that i did not find pleasant.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - DEC 27, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Pours jet black color with a thin brown head that falls to a ring. Smell of banana bread, fruit cake, gingerbread, cloves, nutmeg, coffee, and a hint of cinnamon. Initial taste of banana bread followed by a brief appearance of ginger, cloves, and cherries. Finishes with dark roasted malt with a strong flavor of gingerbread and notes of cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of alcohol warmth. Full bodied, smooth, and silky. Nice amount of carbonation.