BroSpud (1359) - , Massachusetts, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Large bottle. Pours black with a creamy tan head. Good dessert beer for the holidays. A good mix of holiday flavors with all the spices coming through along with enough sweetness to balance it all out. One of the better Sams.
wedgie9 (1590) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - MAY 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted on 5/14/13 from a capped 22oz bottle. Pours almost completely black, dark brown with a thick tan head that slowly recedes to even, average lace. The nose is full of darkly roasted coffee, molasses, dark chocolate, and of course, tons of freshly baked gingerbread. The flavor is much the same, with the gingerbread taking the lead, and all of the classic roasted coffee and chocolate notes of a stout taking a back seat. The body is full with fairly lively carbonation for a big stout, with a very long gingerbread and bitter coffee finish. This is a solid beer.
BMan1113VR (7381) - Los Angeles, California, USA - MAY 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a near black hued body with a large and retentive foamy brown head. Aromas show huge gingerbread spices with ginger, nutmeg, clove, anise, chocolate, raisins, and nougat. A little bit woody feeling from the spices. Floral. Flavors are a bit raisiny and chocolate like with a touch of eugenol tongue numbness. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and graham cracker. Plums, dark fruit, light chocolate with a medium to low ashy character. Creamy mouthfeel with well hidden alcohol, medium to full bodied. Light cotton candy in the finish. Pretty solid. Slightly reminiscent of Pumpkinator.
boxofrane (1187) - pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours pitch black with a small brown head. The aroma has a big cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread kick.. kind of overpowers everything else. The taste has gingerbread, some milk chocolate, and some booze on the finish. This is decent for what it is but not something i’d want a lot of.
womencantsail (6902) - Garbage Grove, California, USA - MAY 11, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Black pour with a tan head. Big spice aromas of clove and nutmeg. Plenty of ginger, some sweet molasses, toast, and chocolate. A bit of sweet potato, maple syrup, and roast. There’s a really good gingerbread, clove, and nutmeg flavor. Notes of maple syrup, sweet potato, bread, molasses, chocolate, and roasted malt.
Hophead22 (2746) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAY 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Rating #284. Very dark black pour with a brown head. Big ginger and molasses aroma. Light bitterness, more molasses and ginger with some cinnamon, not bad. (2729)
Heathen (1386) - 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.
EtTuCthulhu (398) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Batch No. 1 bottle. This stout smells like a baked gingerbread cookie with a little extra cinnamon, and the appearance combines an opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer on top of the liquid. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly bitter, but there is a definite mild spice flavor reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie, which mixes ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove; furthermore, the palate fuses a long finish, full body, slick texture, and a soft carbonation, making the flavor the main attraction of this brew.
Cbuk1013 (56) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark brown color with tan foam, smells of cinnamon and roasted nuts, and malt. Gingerbread flavors with stout finish. Fun beer to try.
annunz123 (630) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Full disclosure--I like sweet beers more than most on this board and love ginger. Gingerbread aroma is right up my alley and there’s more of the same in the flavor. But there’s a little tinniness in the aftertaste that combined with the alcohol gives a somewhat unpleasant finish. This beer is good, but I’m still a little disappointed.
BarleyandVine (15) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
A rich roasty aroma with supporting spices. The ginger comes through nicely early on the first sip. Subtle sweetness that balances well with the roast and ginger spiciness. A tasty cold rainy night kind of beer. Bravo Sam Adams!