RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - JAN 12, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours brown/black with a small-ish head. Aroma of gingersnaps, earth, licorice, acidic coffee, and toffee. Flavors follow similar suit with gentle stout notes and abundant spicing: so lots of gingersnap flavor, and some background earth, coffee, dark chocolate and general roastiness. slight sweetness is noticeable as it warms. Finishes a little tangy with an astringent aftertaste and flavors of ginger, licorice, bad coffee, and dark chocolate. Not too bitter. Medium-heavy bodied with a prickly carbonation and a hollow mouthfeel, it’s not the smoothest beer. I honestly thought I would like this more than I do, but nothing seems to come together clearly and the astringent (or acidic or tangy) type of flavors put me off. Oh well.
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark and black with a thin but dense brown head. Nose is definitely gingerbread, but one could say pumpkin pie as you can get cinnamon, cloves, ginger, molasses and some hints of chocolate. The taste is sweet, but not over the top as one would think from the nose, the bitterness balance is great and come through a lot on the end. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy, heavy and has a long finish. Nice treat.
Derek881 (1006) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured from a large bottle into a trumpet glass to drink. The beer had a rich, full black color with a large, dark-tan, foamy-creamy head with average retention, but good lacing and cling. Its aroma had a roasty chocolate and caramel malt blend with a definite presence of gingerbread, along with some lighter tones of molasses, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and a touch of earthy hops. It had a malty chocolate-caramel taste mixed with the gingerbread and light cinnamon flavors and was modestly sweet, with an undertone of lighter earthy bitterness. The beer had a rich, creamy body, with good carbonation and a nice mouthfeel and finish, and was a touch on the dry side.
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.
jrodooo5 (997) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - DEC 10, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Outstanding dark pour w/ a nice mocha head that leaves a lot of lacing. A very spicy aroma draws you in. The taste is a huge spice concoction that is velvety smooth on the palate! Definitely unique & it all seems to come together to make 1 really good beer!
NeoHippie2 (977) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 1, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 30, 2012 Pours a deep brown/black into the glass with a tan head. Lots and lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and ginger on the nose. Then you go in for the taste and...it kind of just tastes like a spiced porter really. Just lots of spice and lots of malt. It hides the abv well I’ll give it that. Definitely doesn’t taste like gingerbread beer, which is kind of what I wanted. It’s not bad it just doesn’t remind me of what a gingerbread stout should really taste like. I love the concept behind this beer so much and for a first run not too shabby. I hope they can refine the flavor on this one over time.
nike (965) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I have to admit I was surprised by this one. Sam Adams making a beer a little more on the bold side. Ususaly there beers are more on the mild side, but this one had some different flavors to it. Even has a little more balance and a touch of complexity for this brewery.
Darkmagus82 (961) - - AUG 20, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Transfer from BA review on 12-27-12-
Poured from growler into a snifter glass
Appearance – Pours a nearly black color with a tiny tan head that fades very rapidly. Upon fading the head leaves only a very light level of lacing on the glass.
Smell- The aroma is big of spice with heavy aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Mixed with these spice aromas are some sweet brown sugar and caramel, some milk chocolate, a light boozy smell. Overall it smells like a alcohol infused cocoa gingerbread cookie.
Taste –The taste starts out with a sweet milk chocolate flavor mixed with a strong ginger and nutmeg taste. These flavors remain throughout the taste with the ginger and nutmeg loosing potency as the taste moves on. More toward the middle, a cinnamon flavor quickly comes to the tongue. While it comes in quickly, like the other spice flavors, it lessens in intensity as the taste advances further. Notes of a caramel sweetness replace the milky sweet tastes at the end with the milk chocolate flavor taking on a more cocoa flavor. Also at the end a light coffee and a mildly warming alcohol taste come to the tongue leaving a nice spiced fairly sweet dark flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel –The body of the beer was on the average side with a carbonation level that was rather average to just above average for a imperial stout of 9% abv. The carbonation was good for the spiced flavors of the stout, but .a slightly thicker body may have been better for the darker flavors of the brew.
Overall – A rather tasty stout with a nice sweet and spiced flavor. While rather heavy in the gingerbread cookie spices up front, they dwindle down as the taste advanced, never really getting the chance to overpower the brew and producing overall a rather nice and flavorful stout.
HighWine (951) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle to snifter during a drinking game. Probably not my smartest idea. Dark black pour with a foamy milk chocolate head that reduces to a splotchy lace on the glass. Aroma of juniper and Christmas spice. Taste is gingerbread with a cup of black coffee. Generous use of bittering hops keeps this from being too sweet. Very enjoyable but sometimes the sip tastes artificially flavored. Would definitely have again.
rajendra82 (951) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark brown pour settled into a near black liquid into the glass, and the head above that was khaki in color, and two fingers thick. The smell of the beer was very malty and had aromas of cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg. The smell wasn’t particularly like gingerbread, but the taste was a little closer. The ginger was heavier in the taste, and the malt was most like brown sugar. There were also flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg in the taste, making it more complex. than the cookies. The wheat in the malt was also evident in the bock like bready flavor. The label mentions cloves, but those were not easily detectable for me under the other spices. The mouthfeel was a lot thinner than most stouts, and the finish had some lingering spice. This beer was nice winter seasonal.