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RATINGS: 465   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
wmubronco1992 (640) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Bomber shared with my wife. Pours black. moderate brown head. Some lacing. Huge aroma of Christmas spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, etc.). Flavor is of chocolate gingerbread. Chocolate & spice mouthfeel. This is definitely a fun beer, but a bit over the top. It felt a bit forced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
redtechnj (222) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Appearance- Thick black with a fluffy brown head Aroma- Ginger, cinnamon,allspice,sweet Flavor- Sweet gingerbread, Not as sweet tasting and smelling

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
jahshuwuh (431) - USA - DEC 25, 2012
Nice dark color with light tan head. Strong gingerbread smell, cinnamon, nutmeg. Spices come through the most in the taste and not very much sweet a little bitter. Not that much going on overall. Decent. Fits its purpose. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
MadRobin (2069) - Silver Spring, USA - DEC 25, 2012
Poured from 22 oz. bottle. Opaque, brown-black with enormous, creamy brown head that lingers quite a while, but leaves only fair lacing. Aroma of dark fruit, caramel, roasted malt, nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger. Taste of dark roasted malt, dark fruit, dark bread, cinnamon, clove, chocolate and ginger. Full body and medium carbonation. This has elements of a rich, full-bodied stout coupled with a spiced Christmas beer. Unfortunately, they don't seem to blend well. It's like the beer was at war with itself. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
dmac (4212) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - DEC 25, 2012
22oz bomber from Spirits, I think. Poured a pitch black silky body under a huge thick dense frothy dark mocha colored head. Aroma is very much a gingerbread cookie, notes of giner, cinnamon, nutmeg, light toast and some maple syrup. The body is smooth and fuller with light carbonation and a lingering burnt aftertaste. Flavor of burnt toast, light spices, burnt dark chocolate and a hint of coffee bean. Nicely done and not over the top with the spicing.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Baadnewsbear (17) - - DEC 24, 2012
Not much aroma, but I smell hints of cinnamon. The taste is great, I'm getting lots of gingerbread and nutmeg. The mouthfeel is medium and a bit sticky. Overall, very pleasant stout. Sweeter than I expected ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
Hartung32 (234) - Indiana, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Great Christmas beer. I still prefer Great Lakes Christmas; but this is darker, richer,and has different flavors than most of the style(all while hiding its ABV pretty well). ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
unclemattie (4263) - Georgia, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Batch 1. 22oz bottle. Black pour, gingerbread colored foam. It really has perfect lacing. Smells of ground ginger, roasted grains. Tastes of mustard seed, chocolate, allspice. Very creamy texture, not much carbonation. Pretty nice. Happy Festivus, 2012. (3559)

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Slubgob (195) - West Hartford, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Bomber into point glass. Dark brown, no light gets through. Hot chocolate colored head that clings t to side of glass.noise could pass for leftover pumpkin brew, dominated by cinnamon and clove.in the mouth it?s more balanced, with s nice dark chocolate store and the same slices but we?ll restrained spp they float in the background rather than knocking out the net itself.finished a bit acrid. For a spiced beer, this is the best example I?ve had yet and it doesn?t taste like leftover pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
keanex (1503) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Batch #1, 2012 release.
Appearance: This is a beautiful looking stout with a pitch black body and medium sized creamy brown head, it dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a frothy coating.
Aroma: If this were labeled as a pumpkin beer I donít think anyone would notice. Thatís nothing against the beer, but more a shot at how pumpkin beers are dominated by spices. This has nutmeg, ginger, and some cinnamon on the nose with some alcohol upon swirling with hints of cocoa and roasted malts.
Taste: The taste is much better than the aroma, with a lot more balance. The intro has a blend of spices, but rather subdued with cocoa and a roasted malt backing, all blended together well. The spices and roasted malts linger a bit, mostly a little cinnamon tingle.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with a full texture, light carbonation.
Overall: This is a good take on the style and I think itís worth trying. I donít love this, but itís a nice beer to split for the holidays.
Ratings: Ar: 6, Ap: 5, Ta: 7, Pa: 4, Ov: 14

2014 release.
Glass: Carton Teku.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall, dense and long lasting mocha colored head.
Aroma: Ginger and vanilla jump to mind with a dash of cinnamon. The spices are prominent, but not overpowering. The base beer is hidden though, showing light malt sweetness with a dash of roast.
Taste: The malt base shows off more here, giving a light presence of chocolate syrup with a hint of creamer and accompanied by light spices of ginger, cinnamon and a hint of clove. The beer is nicely balanced and very drinkable.
Palate: Creamy bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This is a very solid holiday themed stout. Iím not sure that thereís much different from a pumpkin inspired stout but this is a nicely done one.
Ratings: Ar: 7, Ap: 5, Ta: 7, Pa: 5, Ov: 14

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