DSG (5657) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - JAN 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sample at a tasting at the Beer & Beyond shop. Thanks Alex Shmoo-Shmoo.As Samuel Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. Black with a thin tan head. Aroma of cookies with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg and a bit of chocolate. Sweetish flavor with chocolate, cookies, spices, some roastiness in the background and a bitterish finish. Medium to full-bodied. Decent.
jb (2157) - Rochester, New York, USA - JAN 17, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at MacGregors. Not bad, it went down fast. Ron informed me I had not had this yet, thanks Ron! Enjoyable but it wouldnít be my 1st choice to try again. Lots of spicy ginger/clove.
ARH (337) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
22oz bomber poured into a snifter. Thereís no doubt this is a gingerbread beer from the aroma - itís the dominating scent. Thereís some vanilla (reminiscent of a "frosting" scent) along with some jujyfruit/gumdrop aromas (mostly cherry and lemon-esque) followed briefly by faint whiffs of alcohol. A near opaque red/brown body is topped by a generous, fluffy, brown head - which recedes, although a decent layer remains throughout). The lacing is of small bubbles which mostly cascade without much remaining on the glass. An initial dry, alcohol taste is the first greeting of the liquid in the mouth, but this blends into the dry gingerbread sweetness, and shortly thereafter, a very light citrus (lemon) sour. Thereís also a mellow bitter presence in there, but I canít quite pinpoint it aside from the tongue feel. Itís a medium-full body beer thatís mostly flat - although some carbonation comes through more as it warms - with a creamy texture. The finish starts out as toasty and chocolaty with a mellow butter and nutty quality to it. After awhile longer, the gingerbread taste is what sticks as the prevalent aftertaste along with some hoppiness (really the first time the hoppiness reveals itself - there were maybe some hints earlier in the initial taste, but itís washed out by the sweetness and malt flavors); although itís tough to say what I think of it - syrupy sweet gingerbread plus mellow bitter hops. This might be a well constructed beer, but itís a bit too sugary sweet for my preferences.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4843) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 13, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled from a 16.6 oz brown bottle this beer poured thick and black with an enormous fluffy dark brown head that lingered and left good lacing. The aroma was malty with a bit of vanilla, gingerbread and fruity hops. The flavor was toast and malty with notes of gingerbread, cinnamon, anise, vanilla, port wine and fruity hops. Medium length finish of toasty malts and gingerbread. Medium body and smooth. Decent.
BlowOffTube (442) - Michigan, USA - JAN 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black pour tan head. Clove cinnamon bread chocolate aroma. Creamy chocolate cinnamon clove spices taste. Thick body little carbonation.
scottw86 (1090) - Maryland, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured a very dark brown, almost black, with a large tan head. Aroma has lots of ginger, cloves, and oatmeal. Nutmeg and coffee as well. Taste is full-bodied with a good amount of creamy chocolate flavors. A bit too much clove. Nice cinnamon flavors with ginger. Roasted malts are slightly nutty. Aftertaste has more clove with other spices and milk chocolate. Overall tasty, but the spices are a bit unbalanced.
Block (1333) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - JAN 6, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice and robust. A strong body which masks the alcohol with sweet chocolate, roasted, caramel flavors. Just a bit of spice at the finish.
Dapierce17 (79) - Pasco, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured thick black with ample brown head. Aromas of gingerbread, nutmeg, toffee, and bitter chocolate. Flavors of gingerbread, sweet roasted malt, wheat notes, and toffee. Very full bodied, thick and creamy. Alcohol is surprisingly mellow.
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AR (1000) - Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Distinct aroma of spices - either a pumpkin pie or gingerbread. The flavor has a strong gingerbread flavor with heavy spices.
mybrainhurts (352) - North Dakota, USA - JAN 5, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cookie spices in the nose. Flavors of holiday spices, gingerbread, caramel, and sugar coated walnuts. Nice and warming. Only issue is a weird, overly sweet lingering finish. Overall, a good holiday treat.