rumproasts (2589) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Deep brown. Lightly sweet stout with ginger and other holiday spice including cinnamon and nutmeg. Decent.
ozarkspops (313) - - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark black pour. Light head. Aroma is very similar to a pumpkin beer. Taste is a lot like a ginger bread man. There is quite a bit of sweetness to start but gives way to all the spices. Very rich. An imposing beer.
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Ratman197 (9055) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a lasting brown head. Aromas of ginger, cinnamon, clove, carmel and dark chocolate. Palate was medium to full bodied and smooth. Flavorsof clove, cinnamon, ginger, carmel and dark chocolate with a smooth lingering spiced finish.
BrooHa (120) - New York, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
BLARGH!! Maybe it just ain’t my thang but this is quite gross for me.
Pours like a stout and looks nice. The aroma is predominately gingerbread and a sour-type smell reminiscent of a sour, for some reason. Typical stout roastiness very faint in the background.
Flavor is over-the-top gingerbread and feels unbalanced. Roasty stout goodness in the aftertaste. Slightly medicinal in nature. MIGHT pair this with a dessert but, otherwise, me no likey.
Might be a drain pour for me. Sorry.
NikkTwist (1393) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Tattooed Mom. Very, very dark brown with a foamy brown head that mostly disappeared. Dark chocolate caramel covered gingerbread. Tootsie Roll. Vanilla extract. Black coffee. Some expected Christmas spice, but not too much. Bit too sweet. Feels sticky but still reads a bit thin, especially when cold. Not as awful as it could be, but still not a big fan.
phaleslu (5878) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Hopjacks Filling Station. Pours a coffee brown with a small beige head. Big spicy aroma. Notes of nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malts. Really works as gingerbread. Light-medium body - a little thin. Mild carbonation. Spicy mouthfeel. Solid.
dfhhead25 (251) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma- spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, some ginger, slight chocolate and roasted notes
Appearance- pitch black with a solid white head
Taste- spices upfront, nice roasted notes in the mid-palate, some pastry sweetness on the finish
Palate- decent body and mouthfeel, although I’d prefer a touch less carbonation
Overall- Somewhat novelty brew from Sam Adams but quality nonetheless. It’s always good to push the envelope and Sam Adams has been doing that quite well of late.
rader58 (763) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours dark brown/black. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, clove. Flavor is plum, licorice, clove, burnt sugar, nutmeg. Spices are strong, but impart a little too much licorice for my taste.
baraciisch (1533) - USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep black in color with tan reddish head... Aroma is roasted malts cinnamon nutmeg and gingerbread... Rich roasted malt flavor with notes of spices, ginger, and light bitterness on the palate... Delicious
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RSRIZZO (1847) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle poured into a Stem glass at 40°. Color is black with good carbonation and a nice tight brown head with a few big bubbles on top. Aroma is deeply roasted with Christmas spices, the ginger seems to stand out. It has a bolder medium body and a lighter somewhat fuzzy mouth feel. Flavor is roasted, just a hint of coffee coming across then a bit of chocolate. The spices jump out next, clove and nutmeg leading, then ginger and just a touch of cinnamon with the hops giving it a very light citrus and pine on the end. After taste has a rich feel with the spices hanging on and a light bitterness. Wow, overall there is a lot going on in this and although I don’t like all these spices in a brew this is balanced and drinkable.