Guerde (1192) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(bottle) Pours jet black with a medium dark tan head that leaves a good amount of lacing. Aroma is spice heavy, but not overbearingly so, and this smells quite reminiscent of SA’s Fat Jack Pumpkin Beer. The cinnamon, clove, ginger, and nutmeg are all very prominent and individually detectable, which generally isn’t the case with spice beers. I also think I smell a touch of allspice. There is some hints of roasted malt and dark chocolate that attempt to burble up through the spice mix, and the addition of them to the spice is a welcome combination. The flavor has a fair amount of spices, and does certainly remind one of gingerbread, but the spices in the flavor are harder to detect individually than in the aroma. There’s also a good amount of chocolate here which resembles spiced mocha. The finish holds little kicks of spice that linger on after drinking as well as a crisp hit of wheat right after the mid. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is smooth. ABV is undetectable. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer that I’d like to try again.
EtTuCthulhu (1174) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch No. 1 bottle. This stout smells like a baked gingerbread cookie with a little extra cinnamon, and the appearance combines an opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer on top of the liquid. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly bitter, but there is a definite mild spice flavor reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie, which mixes ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove; furthermore, the palate fuses a long finish, full body, slick texture, and a soft carbonation, making the flavor the main attraction of this brew.
gregwilsonstl (1170) - Missouri, USA - NOV 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful dark black with thick foamy tan head. Sweet with noticeable ginger. Loads of spices. Hints of chocolate in the background. Ginger lasts on the palate for awhile. Tasty novelty brew. Hides the 9% well.
olr1984 (1163) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22oz bottle. Pours a dark black with large tan foamy head that sticks around for a while. There’s a molasses, cinnamon, chocolate aroma. Malty taste with hints of cinnamon and ginger.
AndyW68 (1159) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 31, 2012
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Black with weak brown head. Licorice aroma that doea not follow through to tasting. Not very carbonated. Roasted malt, sweet with some cinnamon and nutmeg. Gingerbread comes through strong. Bitter ending fade s quickly. Love it.
fletchfighters (1149) - AUSTRALIA - DEC 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
At yardhouse in Honululu.
Black with some ruby highlights. Light tan head.
Served a bit cold but once warmed up, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, orange peel, and subtle ginger bread.
Taste is pretty much the same, except ginger bread is much more obvious. Medium bodied, low carbonation. Spice is the right amount and ABV is well hidden. Good RIS
jmohno (1148) - Iowa, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Black,thick tan head,lacing.
Smelled of pumpkin spices at first,cinnamon and nutmeg stick out more.
Not liking the taste of this fairly cold so far,has some astringecy with acidic and saltiness as well.Its smooth somewhat sweet chocolatly,with a diet vanilla cola tone to it.Some roastyness in finish with a not so good taste left in your mouth,kind of diety fake sugar thing. There is some good flavors in this but,the finish is bad.It could be some harsh hard hitting clove/cinnomon astringency. Its worth trying once but not one of the small batch series that I like. It is a bit cloyingly sweet and has a cloying extract/spice flavor. I guess I think its a bit overspiced,so maybe this would be ok or better aged.
If I were to pick up another,which I most likely wont,I would at least try to age it-something tells me it wouldnt be much better really though.
llcooldave (1142) - San Antonio, Texas, USA - DEC 8, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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!
scottw86 (1133) - 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.
monk191 (1124) - California, USA - DEC 20, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A very nice stout. Pours a beautiful thick black with a brown head. Smells a bit like gingerbread. Taste is very milk stout, starts creamy and sweet, with a bit of gingerbread coming in at the finish. Had in the bottle.
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