Heathen (1458) - 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 wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really live up to it’s label description. It did go nicely with Reese’s 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.
Darkmagus82 (884) - - 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.
DocJitsu (902) - 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.
rougeau13 (1987) - Richmond, Texas, USA - JUL 19, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Black with a large chocolate milk colored head that leaves lots of lacing. Aroma of gingerbread, spices, and roasted malt. Medium bodied with soft carbonation. Sweet tasting and a little boozy, and full of holiday spices; maybe a bit much so.
Iphonephan (3159) - McLean, Virginia, USA - JUN 21, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a 22 oz bottle shared at home. Pours black with a tan head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon and cloves. Flavors of ginger bread. Smooth, oily mouthfeel. Sweet finish.
nuplastikk (4321) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JUN 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber. Drinking it in Summer of 2014, probably bottled last winter. Deep brown-black body. Creamy beige head. The flavors bring me right back to Winter. Rich creamy, warm chocolate tones. Pumpkin pie spices..in the sense that if you told me this was an Imperial Pumpkin Porter I wouldn’t question it. Pretty nice, well exceeding my expectations.
DearBeer2013 (44) - - MAY 31, 2014
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Carbony, malty and hints of cinnamon. I liked it, but could probably drink like one or two beers.
Sledutah (4392) - Utah, USA - MAY 30, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle picked up at Discount Liquor in Evanston
Pours almost black with a medium sized dark tan head and good lacing. Aroma is gingerbread, spices, dark malts and nutmeg. The taste is dark malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, chocolate and spice
Very nice. This is like gingerbread in a glass. I’m not usually a fan of this kind of beer, but this is good.
TXBadger (1334) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 19, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Had this when it was still called Merry Mischief. Reviewed from notes: pours a darker brown almost black color with tan head. Gingerbread, cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg on the nose with a little roasted malt; follows onto the palate. Finishes sweet.
SamP01 (556) - New Jersey, USA - MAY 14, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark rusty brown with a large slowly fading creamy brown head. Aroma of sweet caramel malt, ginger bread and sugar cookie, molasses, nutmeg. Taste the same as aroma with mild toasted malt and bitterness. Palate is a medium to full body, good carbonation, mildly creamy. Finish the same as taste with a full flavored and mildly burnt toasted bitterness and dry ending. Overall would probably go well with some sugar or ginger bread cookies, a nice holiday brew.
CopterScott (134) - Kansas, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
pours black with a dark tan head. aroma is ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor is same with chocolate malts. thick mouth feel with medium to soft carbonation. This is really what it sounds like, not my favorite but definitely as advertised.