elektrikjester (90) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a deep dark brown with a thin tan head that dissipates quickly. Trace amount of lacing. Aroma of ginger and brown sugar dominates, with a cloying sweetness that doesn’t leave room for much else. Taste is much more complex, however. Yes, the beer is sweet and ginger drives the flavor. But spices of nutmeg and cinnamon are more apparent, as is vanilla. Roasted malts are noticeable, but clearly in the background. Alcohol is well hidden. Mouthfeel is a watery, a bit thinner than might be expected for a stout. In sum, a mild, okay stout that allows some real Christmasy flavors come through.
blipp (5679) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a thin head. Sweet malts, ginger, cinnamon, ginger bread, and lighter roasted malty notes. Pretty good balance of stout and spice.
HopandSoul (3) - Texas, USA - DEC 13, 2012 does not count
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
A great pour with a lovely aroma of gingerbread that smells like the holidays. However the overall spice overpowers the rest of the beer.
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jmohno (1019) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black,thick tan head,lacing.
Smelled of pumpkin spices at first,cinnamon and nutmeg stick out more.
Not liking the taste of this fairly cold so far,has some astringecy with acidic and saltiness as well.Its smooth somewhat sweet chocolatly,with a diet vanilla cola tone to it.Some roastyness in finish with a not so good taste left in your mouth,kind of diety fake sugar thing. There is some good flavors in this but,the finish is bad.It could be some harsh hard hitting clove/cinnomon astringency. Its worth trying once but not one of the small batch series that I like. It is a bit cloyingly sweet and has a cloying extract/spice flavor. I guess I think its a bit overspiced,so maybe this would be ok or better aged.
If I were to pick up another,which I most likely wont,I would at least try to age it-something tells me it wouldnt be much better really though.
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22 oz. Bomber: Pours coffee black with a medium frothy tan head that is mostly lasting leaving nice lacing. Roasty aroma has a gingerbread presence with hints of ginger and nutmeg. Sweet malty flavor is a mouthful of gingerbread with spicy cinnamon in the finish. Very smooth and well balanced. Easy drinking with a WOW factor!
DCLawyer (1312) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber->SA glass. Black with large tan head. Aroma of gingerbread, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, malt. Tastes of ginger and spices over malt and a touch of coffee. Good, not great.
vadavid (142) - Fredericksburg, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Merry Mischief pours a deep, dark color with a rich beige head. It smells like a spiced beer. The spices dominate — cloves, ginger, nutmeg — hmm, like a gingerbread cookie. Go figure. The spices take the front seat in the flavor too. However, they are mitigated by the roasted, and slightly sweet, stout. The finish leaves behind a bit bit of sweetness and spice, with a "sufficient" alcohol warmth. At 9% ABV, this is a beer best enjoyed while sipping.
vtafro (2461) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Black pour with brown head. Sweet Christmas scented spice and ginger toned aromas. Light gingerbread notes with rather bland stout tones. The texture is nice though.
dlovell2 (567) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Very dark brown, almost black with coffee colored head. Roasted malt aroma some fruity aromas with spices. First flavor is bitter dark chocolate flavor then molasses and black coffee. Then I taste cherries cinnamon and ginger. Creamy . Fantastic brew!
JohnnyJ (4084) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Very dark brown pour, almost black, with a tan head. Quite a lot of spice, sweet sugary malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, light clove, and a bit of chocolate. Somewhat like a sweet, spiced cookie, but overall just a marginal spiced stout.