Foxbush (1504) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle The Epic poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small brown head. This is a very different ale. The nose picks up cloves and cinnamon. The ale is medium bodied with soft carbonation. There are flavors of caramel, allspice, cinnamon, and clove. I also noted some dark chocolate. The finish lingers in your mouth with the dominate cloves. This is definitely an interesting beverage, but the spices obscure beer like flavors.
Jow (2753) - New York, USA - APR 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap at Stagshead. Pours deep porter like brown with purplish head. Nice nose of Christmas spices. Tastes of super yeast, cloves, peppercorns, all spice, ginger, peaches, figs, and a whole lotta root beer. Quite delicious
dreadnord (1013) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. The nose is heavy chocolate, anise, pumpkin, and graham crackers. The taste is heavy sweet and heavy bitter with the bitter dominating the end. The texture is creamy yet becomes astringent and dry, the body is medium and the finish is long.
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gruberm (329) - - APR 1, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clearing backlog. No comments. Apologies, future ratings will have detail.
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Emeister84 (1611) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - MAR 31, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, ginger, subtle oregano, and fennel. Black with a mostly fading, tan head. Flavors of coffee, soy, and cinnamon; dry, savory, and bitter. Medium-full bodied with low-moderate carbonation, and a dry, licorice-like finish.
AmEricanbrew (6377) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - MAR 31, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12.11.2012. Black color with lasting tan sheen. Minty, chocolate, rootbeer spice aromas. Smooth medium body with soft co2. Nice holiday spice, cocoa, mint, nutty, toasted caramel flavors---a most worthy 12.12.12 brew
DocJitsu (1299) - Pensacola, Florida, USA - MAR 31, 2013
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours an opaque black with very thin slivers of cola brown around the bottom edge of the glass. A big, thick, foamy, long-lasting light mocha colored head. Medium-bodied, slick to mildly astringent moutfheel. Asymmetrical foamy lacing clings and drags as the beer is drunk. Cardamom nose with not much else going on. Flavors of clove up front with mild ginger. The bitterness of the clove needs to be balanced with something that has more depth. The experience is too narrow. Not enough going on. This is the last one?? Stone disappoints again. But, for a different reason this time.
BillWyce (851) - 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)