degbert (1521) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. (Firsties.) Pours a rich, oily brown-black with a high, tight-grained head. Nose is molasses, spice, and dried fruit -- itís a beer that smells like a fruitcake. (And I mean a good fruitcake, not that thing your Aunt Harriet keeps giving people every year.) At the front of the mouth, itís dry and spicy, but the sweetness opens up into what I can only call molasses-drenched espresso. On the finish, notes of vanilla and brown sugar open up, and there is a return of that same dryness. Very nice and well balanced.
olr1984 (1500) - 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. Thereís a molasses, cinnamon, chocolate aroma. Malty taste with hints of cinnamon and ginger.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: Not all that different than a pumpkin stout. Not quite what I was expecting. It wasnít bad, but it didnít really live up to itís label deScription. It did go nicely with Reeseís Pieces. Great label art.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a very dark brown that was basically opaque black in the glass with an average, light brown head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was fairly weak and contained gingerbread, light roasted and chocolate malts; brown sugar; lots of ginger; and other spices. Ginger is the dominant aroma. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter, ever so slightly sour and slightly acidic with an average duration. There was chocolate, cookie, ginger, brown sugar, cinnamon, other spices, roasted malt, ginger bread, but mostly ginger and cinnamon. The medium body was oily and a bit creamy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly astringent finish.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This brew was Very, very good. Pours a deep dark brown with nice head which dissipates quickly. Palate its strong. The gingerbread is barely there, which is good. Finishes smooth, alcohol is well hid.
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a very dark brown with a dark espresso foam colored head. No head retention--otherwise a gorgeous pour. Cherry, spicy, smoky nose. Smooth, thick mouthfeel. Cherry, smoke, medicine, raisin, and fruitcake flavors.
dlovell2 (1480) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 2, 2015 Very dark brown, almost black with coffee colored head. Roasted malt aroma some fruity aromas with spices. First flavor is bitter dark chocolate flavor then molasses and black coffee. Then I taste cherries cinnamon and ginger. Creamy . Fantastic brew!
tia (1476) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pitch with creamy mocha head and dense lacing. Smells roasty, almost smoky, sweet and spiced. Flavor follows- but slightly disjointed- and a little overkill. Syrupy.
beertholomeus (1439) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, spice, roasted malt and bready aroma. Chocolate, ginger, licorice, cinnamon, clove, biscuit and roasted malt flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, clove and nutmeg finish.
williamherbert (1425) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Merry Maker" version. Aroma is chock full of Christmasy spices. Cinnamon and cola. A hint of nutty/hazelnut malts, but this might go well mixed with a liquor. There is almost a doughy/glazed doughnut aroma, as well as vanilla. A touch of a chocolate Italian cookie. They could make a candle out of this thing.
Deep dark brown color. Decent head that dissipates quickly. No lacing on the side to speak of.
The flavor is chalky, with a load of sugary spices. I suppose itís like gingerbread, but more like a gingersnap cookie. There is a certain dry/hay kind of flavor profile; grainy. Chocolate sugar cookies.
It has an oily, thick feel. Dry as a bone at the end. If you like dry, Italian cookies, this is your beer. Iím not knocking it at all: itís a nice little winter warmer (it basically is, isnít it?), that would be welcome out of a snifter or some kind of stemmed glass.
Barreras (1420) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 11, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a deep brown color with a distinct ginger spice aroma. Taste is a rich malr flavor with a sweet gingerbread cookie flavor. Roasted malt is evident and a good mix with the mild gingerbread and cinnamon flavor.