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RATINGS: 429   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 it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
pours black, with milk chocolate color thick head. Earthy cinnamon and spices nose. I’d hoped for a more distinct aroma. Medium thick body, the spices show nicely on the flavor, a hint of heat from the spices. A decent offering.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
odinstyr (561) - Hamilton, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Pours a dark brown with a fizzy 2-fingered brown head. Smells of caramel, ginger, clove, baking cookies, coffee. Taste is bitter and sweet, nutmeg, ginger, chocolate malts, hint of vanilla, clove, and coffee.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
matty (206) - Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 9, 2012
22 oz. bottle poure into a glass. Pours a deep black color, didn’t see any light pass through the glass. Thick tan head which settled to a thin film. Sweet malt aroma with some ginger and orange peel maybe? Reminiscent of a spiced holiday ale. Full bodied, thick mouthfeel, sticky. Tastes like your average stout with extra spices. Smooth warming finish. I will be getting another one (or two) for when it gets cold. If it gets cold that is. Recommended!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerandBlues2 (9903) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle shared by sonnycheeba. Pours black with a medium, creamy tan head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is ginger, toast and cookie malt, cinnamon and nutmeg notes with dates. Flavor is malt dominant with medium spices, ginger, dates and plums with a sweet finish. Full body and medium carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sonnycheeba (3643) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 9, 2012
Bottle. Pours deep, dark brown with a thick pillow of frothy tan head; good retention and lacing. Aroma is roast malt, gingerbread, sugar, cinnamon, floral hops, some dark fruit, and spice. Flavor is roast and caramel malt forward with heavy gingerbread and spice and light hops and faint dark fruit esters; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
llcooldave (1104) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2012 Black in the glass. Dark roasted flavor notes along with some holiday spices. Aroma of dark cocoa and more spice; clove and cinnamon. Overall, a solidly brewed effort. Thanks to BarZigKin for sharing!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
BucannonXC5 (896) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 8, 2012
Type: 22-oz. bomber Glass: Karl Strauss pint From: Costco in San Marcos, Calif., on Dec. 6, 2012 Price: $20 for Small Batch Collection variety 4-pack BOD: None, “Batch 1” on back of label Black with 2-3 fingers of tan head. Sporadic and bad lacing. Below average retention and was gone within 7-8 minutes. Smelled Fire Balls, Ginger Ale, nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread and a tad bit of honey. Tasted a lot of those smells but with a bit of a butter cheesy feel. Got nutmeg, cinnamon, butter, cheese and gingerbread. Definitely a huge artificial taste. Medium body. Oily texture. Soft (Below average)-to-average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Really not a fan of this beer at all. The smell was the best part and then it just took a drastic turn.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jgb9348 (4783) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Deep dark brown coloured, almost completely opaque with a nice, two centimetre tall light brown head. Aroma of tons of roasted malt, cherries, caramel, toffee, apples and a bit of nice pungent ginger - very nice. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong roasted malt flavour with anise, allspice, cinnamon and tons of ginger of course noticeable with a very full bodied maltiness and a lot of sweetness at the end. Aftertaste is quite deep with the roasted malt and spices really coming out, but the full flavour and the alcohol warmth at the end really help the complexity of the spices. Overall, a very nice beer offered by who - Sam Adams - great to see! I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Giant Food in Falls Church (Bailey’s Crossroads), Virginia on 17-November-2012 for US$6.49 sampled at home in Upstate New York on 07-December-2012.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Dogbrick (8322) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 7, 2012
On draught at Khoury’s, The beer is a brownish-black color with a medium tan head that recedes steadily. Patchy lacing on the glass. Aroma of malt and gingerbread. Medium to full body with flavors of roasted malt, ginger and chocolate. The finish is toasty with a sweetly spiced aftertaste. Above average overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
PorterPounder (5607) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
Tallahassee, Fl. - World Market - 22 oz bomber. Licorice black pour, initially thick but thins out khaki colored head, thin lacing. Aroma of licorice, Carbona cleaner, nutmeg and ginger. Full-bodied flavor that could get cloying if it does not settle down a bit, Notes of licorice, ginger snap cookies, a touch of nutmeg - some potting soil notes in the back end. Thickish, rich mouthfeel. Strong individually in all four categories but overall too cloying - 12 oz would have been enough.

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