mikedR (732) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely wonder Belgian ale. Super dark malty base that is not super carbonated and not sweet at all. By itself this makes the ale great. But the spices -- wow! I'm definitely picking up cardamom and cinnamon, and somehow they all work together to elevate the beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hopmelt (75) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Pours very dark brown, not much head, good light khaki lacing. Very malty aroma, lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, pronounced bubble gum aroma. Tastes sweet, then spicy, no bubble gum as in the nose, but all the other spices are there, cannot taste the alcohol, mildly earthy, slight citrus hop notes. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, very spicy, very slight alcohol burn. Overall good, I can see this being very good in 10 years when the spices mellow.
Cybercat (2776) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong aroma has malty and yeasty notes and a firm overtone of spices - I get clove, ginger and maybe allspice. Thought I smelled coriander, though that’s not listed as an ingredient. It pours like a stout - a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor - woooooooo, mouth-filling, strong and herbal; woody, licorice, ginger, roast malt, bitter hoppy, subtle orange and nutty notes. This beer must be sipped slowly! Thick, firm, smooth texture has a strong and persistent tingle. Stones last "triplet date" beer is a winner!
Imaena (1630) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. They laid into the spice cabinet a little to heavy on this one. The nose and taste was solid spice cake. Really nice deep dark color, great scent, and full thick body. Simply too spicy for me.
LinusStick (2701) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer to round out the series. Very heavy on the spices. Aroma was all spice. Strong nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Pour was a deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was all spices. The nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice were there, but the ginger really came out strong. Tasted like a dark gingerbread cookie. A slightly bitter aftertaste seemed a little out of place but was welcome. Light carbonation. Too spicy to be great, but a tasty holiday/gimmick beer.
Darwenus (447) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown, like a porter, with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is spices and sweet vanilla, and the flavor is really big. Strong holiday type spices and fruit and ginger, there’s a fruitcake like quality and a finish with strong cloves and cinnamon. Another outstanding Stone beer.
Bjshades (150) - Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black, aromas.of spice, slight sweet cinnamon notes, it’s ok overall
decaturstevo (4414) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Almost black pour with a tan head and lace. Aroma is pumpkin pie like with a hinto vanilla. Flavor of pumpkin pie with a clovish after taste. Light creamy chocolate. Medium full bodied with a tad of fizziness. Also some anise like characteristics. Pretty nice. Original rate was 3.7 but as I drank the whole 22oz the clovish/allspice really started to eat at me.
ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a well-sized, pillowed, dark tan-hued head. Sufficient lacing present.
Smell: Even before leaning in for a sniff, you can smell the heavy-handed pack of spices, but, go on, already, and use that snout of yours. Sniff long, sniff deep. You get a clear-cut aroma of each member of the spicing addition, overneathe the charred maltiness and Belgian-type esters.
Taste: Roasted, burnt maltiness with some lighter, gentler tastes of breadcrust, brown sugar that, soon, are consumed by the accumulating spiciness. Very little sweetness throughout. Like being tossed in a giant burlap sack with feral cats, you’re torn to shreds by the spices. Also, some bitterness. Yes, some alcohol. And, still, there’s the charry maltiness. Finishes quite dry, quite spicy, and still rather roasty. In fact, those’re the main impressions of the beer: roast and potpourri.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: It’s the end of an era, I suppose, and they’re closing out with a bold holiday spicing that would leave even the folks at St. Feuillien wide-eyed.
MadIndian (2222) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Issacs. Nice medium black body, definite bnotes of clove, ginger, roast and chocolate. I thought the clove was a tad over powering, but overall, a good brew.