Ughsmash (7507) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Poured deep brown with a well-retained smoked beige head. The aroma picked up bright cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, and anise over a good blend of chocolates and rye bread.. spice-heavy, but enjoyable. The flavor found tart spices on the tip of the tongue (ginger, cloves, and cinnamon more than anything else), with gingerbread and chocolate supporting.. finished with a good blend of tart wintery spices and sweet, tasty malts. Medium-bodied and quite spicy on the palate.. good stuff.
Jow (3276) - New York, USA - JAN 24, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from whole foods on really cold night. Pours dark brown with thin head. Nose is of lovely gingerbread. Taste is not overpoweringly gingerbread with just the right amount and it’s not a sugary sweet mess luckily. Ubget nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, chocolate, smoke, and coffee. It’s creamy light booze to finish
SDalkoholic (2318) - Linda Vista, California, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from South Bay Liquor: Created a thick development of foam head which took several minutes to retreat while the stout appeared a dark blackish brown hue. Aroma is decked with scent of real ginger bread cookies with notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg really tricks my mind into the notion that I am about to actually eat a gingerbread man cookie. As for the drink, the same ingredients become more apparent in the flavor but then also bring out the dark roast malts that ensure that this really is a stout. In the finish, there is a harsh astringent aftertaste that kind of ruins the fun of drinking this beer.
rangerred (989) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - JAN 23, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.
Pours pitch black with a fairly thick one finger dark tan head. While head retention isn’t especially outstanding, the lacing is. This is really a nice looking beer.
Gingerbread is huge in the aroma along with a healthy dose of clove. Really no subtleties here. Some cinnamon and allspice but I really have to try hard to pick out any stout characteristics. Almost no roast, coffee, or chocolate. A little too spice heavy.
On the taste, there is a little more going on. Still extremely heavy on the spices with ginger, nutmeg and allspice dominating. Peel that back, however, and you have some vanilla and cinnamon notes along with some hints of baked bread, molasses, and brown sugar. I honestly tastes like taking a bite of a gingerbread man. You really need to let the beer warm up a little for the flavors to make a big impact. Mouthfeel is thick and creamy but the sweetness remains dialed back enough to make this fairly drinkable.
I have to say I had my doubts at first but Samuel Adams has really pulled off a good one. This beer is so gingerbread like it is scary. Like someone put a pulverized gingerbread man into a stout. I really wish I would’ve tried this earlier so I could have picked up another bottle to age.
tia (1633) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pitch with creamy mocha head and dense lacing. Smells roasty, almost smoky, sweet and spiced. Flavor follows- but slightly disjointed- and a little overkill. Syrupy.
HopTsing (545) - 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 (510) - 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 (1012) - 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 (4721) - Woodstock, 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 Bullock’s 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.