BillWyce (805) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: Poured opaque black with a 1-finger tan head. Aroma of cola or caramel, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some mild clove beneath. Full body, somewhat oily with a dry finish. Flavor of roasted malt and some earthy yeast. The spices lie beneath with a slight burnt note that lightens as it warms.
skokott (42) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - MAR 30, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Generally not a huge fan of seasonal/christmas beers but this is a standout. Strong allspice/clove with nutmeg and other spices.
Definitely not a beer to "knock back" one after the other but an outstanding beer not only in it’s class but overall.
I would say in my top 3 easily.
Hophead22 (2879) - Redlands, by way of Wisconsin,, California, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle. Rating #401. Not really my thing, decent, but not something I need to try again. (2619)
zvikar (3903) - Ramat Gan, ISRAEL - MAR 30, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample at a Vertical Epic tasting at Mastikim. Thanks Ariel. Pours black, opaque with a beige to brown head, aroma of spices like a xmas ale, honey malt, caraway, flavor of spices like caraway, clove, nutmeg, allspice, some coffee, pretty sweet, medium to full bodied
VictorStr (1582) - Helsingborg, SWEDEN - MAR 29, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aroma av juletid. Nejlika intryck i en apelsin. Pluspoäng för innovationen och kraften i aroman och smaken. Medium beska med liten eftersmak. Får bli att köpa en till och lagra den två år, så kommer den var ännu mer välbalanserad.
blipp (6646) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours deep brown with a beige head. Big belgian yeasty notes, weird spicy notes, almost like ginger and peppercorns, peachy fruits, and lighter roasted malts. Meh, certainly not bad, but not great either.
superspak (3161) - Michigan, USA - MAR 26, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle into tulip glass; obvious November 2012 bottling. Pours pitch black color with a 2 finger dense dark tan head with fantastic retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice dense soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of huge dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, nutmeg, clove, dark bread, pepper, floral, orange peel, light char, roasted earth, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance, complexity, and strength of dark malt, spice, and yeast ester notes. Taste of dark chocolate, roasted malt, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, clove, toast, pepper, dark bread, orange peel, light char, floral, roasted earth, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, roasted malt, toast, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg, clove, pepper, dark bread, floral, light char, roasted earth, and yeast spiciness on the finish for a while. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of roasted malt and spices flavors; with a great sweetness/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a highly excellent spiced Belgian dark ale! Great robustness and balance of dark malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to sip on. A highly enjoyable offering.
philipmeese (84) - Rowayton, Connecticut, USA - MAR 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours opaque, black with a healthy chocolate colored head. Strong, caramel sweet, nutty and chocolate aroma and a flavor that follows, with a full bodied sweetness, with a hint of licorice that sits pleasantly in the mouth.
CWoodsKilla (36) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - MAR 24, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours pitch black with a nice reddish-brown head that lasts decently long. The smell is very heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg. Really reminds me of an overly-spiced pumpkin pie. Flavor is very heavy on those spices as well. I'm a huge fan of limited edition fall beers that use these spices and/or pumpkin in their brewing, so I'm really digging this beer. If they cut back just a little on the intensity of the spices, this would be one of my favorites. The lingering flavor on the palate is just like a good pumpkin ale. Overall, still really good beer if you're into those flavors.
OmegaX (1326) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first VE beer I’ve had. As soon as I popped the top on this brew, I could smell cinnamon wafting out of the bottle. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all very discernible as well as some Belgian yeast. Pour is black with a thin tan head. Looks like a serious impy stout. Taste is raw spices all over with some faint hints at a lightly fruity dubbel. Not bad. I’d love to age one so the spices didn’t seem so raw and in your face. Might be good with some pumpkin pie or a Thanksgiving meal.