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RATINGS: 505   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.65/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive, beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But itís the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
degbert (1521) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
olr1984 (1500) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - JAN 9, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2012
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DocJitsu (1484) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - AUG 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
dlovell2 (1480) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 10, 2012
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!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
tia (1476) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - JAN 23, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
beertholomeus (1439) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
williamherbert (1425) - Syracuse, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2013
"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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Barreras (1420) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 11, 2014
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.

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