keanex (1629) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
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
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
ElGaucho (2319) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 22, 2012
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Clove and nutmeg notes in the nose. One of the most complex, intriguing and unique aromas Iíve had in a beer. Pitch black body. A rare beer through which not even a little light passes. Light brown head. Tastes like it smells. Very gingerbread in the flavor. Nailed it. Very much a holiday beer. Outstanding.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a deep, thick black with a nose of gingered bread, chocolate nutmeg, cinammon, and a touch vanilla bean. Flavor is a rose-infused swirl of gingered bread, nutmeg, cinammon, roasted cocoa, and a touch of autumn leaves in the finish. Thick and lingering on the tongue. Not bad but the bitter floral notes detract.
badhack (434) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours nearly black with a tan head with virtually infinite retention. Scent is light, spice, hops. The flavor is intense, it is very strongly flavored with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon with a backdrop of ginger and malt. Malt is mostly dark. This beer is like drinking a gingerbread house. My only complaint is that they should lighten the malt profile slightly as it tastes like a cookie that is slightly overbaked.
Steve_0 (3485) - Denver, Colorado, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at my parents, shared with my dad and my Uncle Anthony; this dude is one crazy character. Pour is pitch black, super viscous, with a long-lastng, fluffy brown head and great lacing. Potpourri, coriander, gingerbread, light cocoa, vanilla, pumpkin, and marshmallows in the aroma. Taste is somewhat medicinal, chocolate, potpourri, cinnamon, red licorice, big spice, nutmeg, and sweet potatoes with a lightly spicy finish. Creamy body with soft carbonation. Really nice spiced beer and super reminiscent of Christmas Day cookies at my grandmaís house. Awesome experience!
Derek881 (1175) - Kiev, UKRAINE - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a large bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a rich, full black color with a large, dark-tan, foamy-creamy head with average retention, but good lacing and cling. Its aroma had a roasty chocolate and caramel malt blend with a definite presence of gingerbread, along with some lighter tones of molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a touch of earthy hops. It had a malty chocolate-caramel taste mixed with the gingerbread and light cinnamon flavors and was modestly sweet, with an undertone of lighter earthy bitterness. The beer had a rich, creamy body, with good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel and finish, and was a touch on the dry side.
braznadian (59) - Washington, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Looks like motor oil pouring into a glass. Absolutely pitch black with three fingers of fluffy tan head. Smells very nice. Cloves, ginger and a touch of citrus strike the nose. Very clean aroma. Very smooth taste. Clove and cinnamon followed by a touch of sweetness with a spiced aftertaste. Alcohol taste is well hidden though I feel a warming effect after the third sip so this is definately strong. Just a touch heavy on the clove I think, and could benefit from just a little more sweetness.
Imaena (2089) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - DEC 20, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle: Nice black sweet sticky stout with lots of spice - particularly pumpkin pie spice.
Tmoney99 (12217) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Poured clear dark brown with an average frothy light brown head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid allspice ginger and dark malt aroma. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium dark sweet spice malt flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid drinkable beer.
rader58 (825) - 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.