arminjewell (5718) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour out of 500 mL bottle, dark thick oily black pour with nice creamy mocha colored head, lots of carbonation streaming at first but subsided. Aroma brought notes of nice ginger, cinnamon, chocolate, roasted malts, hints of earth, touch of grainy notes, tiny bit of cookie notes. Taste is basically a spiced stout, some fairly nice roast, coffee, and dark chocolate tones mix with some slight earthy ginger, cinnamon, and clove, some slight caramel, grainy tones, finishing fairly sweet but dries out with the roast at the end. The mouthfeel was pretty nice, but was just slightly lacking in depth. Very tasty, and no sign of the 9%.
blipp (5680) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours near black with a thin head. Sweet malts, ginger, cinnamon, ginger bread, and lighter roasted malty notes. Pretty good balance of stout and spice.
SudsMcDuff (5661) - .....Manchester United.........., Texas, USA - NOV 12, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a bottle before dinner ..of onions .. . . pours a deep black .. medium foam .. . lacing is good .. . light to medium bitterness .. nicely balanced with the spices .. . quite well masked, booze only slightly peter griff-ins .. . good but a whole bottle got to be a bit much .. . . rocketcar!!
BVery (5617) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Super dark thick pour with a huge head. Lots of gingerbread, nutmeg, with some chocolate on the taste. Very good!
AmEricanbrew (5523) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 26, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black color with tan foam. Nice spicy gingerbread cookie, clove, nutmeg, allspice, chocolate, dark roast aromas. Smooth rich mouthfeel with soft co2. Gingerbread cookie, clove, nutmeg, allspice flavors with a rich, malty chocolate, dark roast base brew--very good
Braudog (5493) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Black, of course. Gingerbread cookie aroma wafts at least a foot away from the glass. If you get closer, you get more of an alcohol tease. It drinks quite nicely ... not as much gingerbread as I feared. Instead, a mellow cinnamon, holiday beer essence. Enjoyable holiday stout. (#4886, 1/3/2013)
thirdeye11 (5394) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Draught) dark brown, very dark brown fine head. Nose of gingerbread, spices, milk chocolate. Taste of milk chocolate, heavy spices and gingerbread, anise, medium body, delicious.
Mora2000 (5358) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The beer pours a very dark brown to black color with a tan head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg notes, as well as some roasted malt. The flavor is very similar. The ginger and strong cinnamon notes really come through strongly. They are joined by some chocolate and roasted malt character that melds well with the spices. Medium to thick mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice, spicy stout.
PorterPounder (5202) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - DEC 7, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tallahassee, Fl. - World Market - 22 oz bomber. Licorice black pour, initially thick but thins out khaki colored head, thin lacing. Aroma of licorice, Carbona cleaner, nutmeg and ginger. Full-bodied flavor that could get cloying if it does not settle down a bit, Notes of licorice, ginger snap cookies, a touch of nutmeg - some potting soil notes in the back end. Thickish, rich mouthfeel. Strong individually in all four categories but overall too cloying - 12 oz would have been enough.
TheBeerGod (5053) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - NOV 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black bodied with a tall, dense, thick brown head. Aroma is strong spice and gingerbread cookies. Soft roasted malt comes through as well. Taste is roasted malt, gingerbread cookies, spice notes, flavored coffee and faint chocolate. Body is medium with a strong, dense carbonation and lots of sugary stickiness. Finishes with more roasted malt, gingerbread cookies, spices and coffee notes.