ghostbear12 (3) - Memphis, Tennessee, USA - MAY 7, 2013 does not count
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Christmas. Dark. Heavy. Cream. Warm, and refreshing. Wish I had another few.
adamhorror (84) - USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black like a stout but not as thick body-wise. Not much head, I didn't pour too vigorously to create a large head. Aroma is spicy, similar to gingerbread but not as strong as hops cut through. Taste is spicy, very Christmas ale-ish. Reminds me of Sam Adams Merry Mischief with less flavor. Palate is hoppy, cinnamon, ginger, not very watery but a tad thin for its appearance.
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radio_nowhere (917) - Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber into snifter glass. Deep dark brown/black with brown head. Aroma of roasted malt, cinnamon, chocolate, licorice, clove and fruity Belgian yeast. Taste adds more spiciness (adding allspice, nutmeg and rosehips to aroma spices), some coffee, dark fruit, ending with a nice hop bite. Heavy body, average carbonation, rich, complex with a dry warm finish. It’s fun trying to figure out all the flavors, kind of a spices bomb. Overall very enjoyable.
Braudog (5903) - Traveling the USA, Missouri, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like a deep, dark secret ... brooding and black/red and totally opaque, with a full-up head of heavy, pock-marked foam. The aroma is meaty and aggressive, and carries over a foot from the glass to my nasal passages, hinting at some rough clove and maybe a wee bit whiskey. The drink is an adventure, a gritty and slightly dirty quaff, the almost Christmas-y blend of spices taking the predominate roll. Nice way to finish off this series. (Beer #5,000!!, 5/4/2013)
john_henry (116) - - MAY 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: JUL 10, 2013 Pours a lovely dark beer. Small dark head, that fits the perfect carbonation. Interesting spicy aroma and almost medicinal taste. Very morish, will definitely be re-visiting this one.
ThreeCats (607) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with nice team head, looks like a stout rather than a Belgian strong. Aroma of roast and raisins, heavy caramel, Clove, cinnamon. Taste of heavy spices, cinnamon and Clove, allspice, pumpkin pie.
Jesterdeal (1984) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - APR 30, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma of crazy gingerbread spice and cinnamon. Pours deep brown with a good film. Taste is great with roast, dry rub rosemary, cinnamon and ginger. Great great vertical.
portableparty (1960) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 28, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours dark brown/black with a big foamy soapy khaki/tan head that slowly fades to a film and lacing. Aroma has licorice molasses and cardamon along with cinnamon canned pumpkin. Taste has much more of the above with cardamon cinnamon and canned pumpkin with roasted malt and a little heat in the finish. Palate is medium and finishes chalky and dry. Enjoyable and rather intriguing.
Boutip (4868) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - APR 28, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a large dark brown foamy head with good retention and some lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves are quite strong with some light roasted malt notes and some light residuals sugar notes. Taste is also a good mix of roasted malt with some cinnamon and cloves and some residual sugar. Light spicy ginger notes are also distinguishable. Body is full with light creamy texture and good carbonation. Interesting mix of spices with solid malt backbone. I would have liked this better with some toned down roasted malt.
TheJestersBeer (2138) - SWEDEN - APR 27, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours almost pitch black, with a brown head.
Roasted, very spicy aroma, malt, chocolate, cinnamon, cloves, allspice, loads of ginger, coffee, earth, licorice.
Semi-sweet, full bodied, mid to high bitterness,creamy CO2.
Intensely spicy taste, roasted malt, chocolate, licorice, cloves, cinnamon, ginger, ashes, hops, caramel, tobacco.
I’m awfully divided about this beer. On the one hand, it’s a beautifully crafted beer in the background, with a solid backbone and silky, smooth malt structures. On the other hand, it’s spiced to oblivion and beyond, and then some. I would like the spices to be more subdued and balanced. Maybe that will happen over time, but at the moment it’s verging on undrinkable, regardless of the top quality. (2013-04-27)