bluemooner (573) - East Bethel, Minnesota, USA - NOV 29, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a creamy brown head. Aroma is roasted malt and cinnamon. Flavor has some classic stout notes of roasted malt, caramel, and chocolate, but the gingerbread spices really show up here though do not overpower. Medium to full body with very soft carbonation and alcohol masked quite well. Very good balance to make it a delicious seasonal.
davey101 (564) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Batch 1, 650ml bottle into a DFH signature glass.
A - Pours a dark black body. One finger of light tan foam with super sticky lacing and retention.
S - Dominating cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger snaps lead into some roasty malts. Sweet and spicy, Really does smell like a gingerbread cookie.
T - Ginger, sugar, cinnamon, bitter roasted malts. Kind of a mess actually. Alcohol is present and makes the large level of sweetness quite noticeable. Meh, not impressive.
M - Thin to medium bodied which makes the alcohol pretty unpleasant.
O - Great concept, but it didnít materialize too well. Smell is incredible but the taste and mouth feel leave a lot to be desired. Really wanted to like this one, damn.
wmubronco1992 (562) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2012
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
dogfishho (562) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours somewhat thin but nearly opaque black with a thin tan head. The aroma is roasty, dominated by a strong ginger note. On the palate the gingerbread flavor is balanced by mice alcohol warming and rich malty sweetness. Somewhat one-noted, but the note is good.
Peacehammer (558) - California, USA - DEC 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
pours black, with milk chocolate color thick head. Earthy cinnamon and spices nose. Iíd 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.
bigguns22 (528) - Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a tan head. Aroma is much like a bag of ginger snap. More spices then malts in this stout and very smooth after taste that has almost no bitterness.
Crash (526) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a dark brown almost black with thick tall head and lots of lacing. I would say this is the sweetest stout I have had to date; the wife even liked it!
Bricks (517) - Delaware, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Nice tan foamy head with flat dull black appearance. Smells strongly of clove and nutmeg with a bit of sweetness, not bad. Tastes of spices and sweet malt, definitely a lot of cinnamon in there. A bit over-carbonated at the beginning and dry/bitter on the end. Itís decent and you definitely warm up to it after you get used to the cinnamon overkill.
Wittales (515) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 2, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance was clear reddish black with creamy diminishing tannish 1/2 finger head,spotty lacing. Aromas are of spicey winter brew ie; cinaminain, nutmeg, clove, ginger, sweet honey,chocolate, caramel,crystal, 2-row malts. Taste are sweet, chocolate, toffee, candi, coffee malts,then spicey ginger, nutmeg and cinamiain, herbal hints of hops. No alcohol present. Palate was soft creamy CO2 with meduim-full body, then smooth average length spicey malty clean finish. A welcome addition to sam adams lineup...
Daytonbeer (513) - Ohio, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours jet black with brown heat and nice lacing. Aroma of anise, clove, and ginger with malts and chocolate. Taste is soy sauce and licorice. Interesting winter brew. Good for a cold winter night.