glennmastrange (2464) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 21, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Moderate to heavy dark bread, cookie and toasted for the malt, moderate cooked orange for the hops, dough and leather for the yeast, with notes of raisin, fig, clove and cinnamon. Head is small, creamy, light brown with fair slippery lacing and good legs and is mostly diminishing. Color is very dark brown. Flavor starts moderately to heavily sweet and lightly acidic, then the long finish is moderately sweet, lightly acidic and moderately to heavily acidic. Palate is medium to full, oily with a carbonation between soft and lively. It finishes chewy, sticky and dry. I’m usually not a fan of spiced up beers but they marry well in this Belgian Strong Ale.
SaintMatty (6053) - Uppsala, SWEDEN - FEB 21, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
650ml Bottle - Black in colour. Liquorice, vinous fruits and some smoky hints in the aroma. Chocolatey, roasted, smoky and slightly sweet taste with notes of ash, chocolate and coffee detected.
BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass at RHSG. Dark brown/black medium beige head. Aroma: nutmeg, raisins and chocolate. Taste: Sweet and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, full body, dry finish. Overall a better than average Belgian strong ale.
beersak (91) - akron, USA - FEB 20, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Excellent spicy beer with Christmas flavors. Black color with creamy tan-white head. Overall excellent flavor!
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BeerKurve (520) - - FEB 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown with a brown head; excellent lacing retention. Very rich smell of caramel, pumpkin pie, spice, plums, and malts. Taste is rich taste of spices, caramel, plums, piney hops and spruce; Aftertaste is a bit resiny. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very mild and adds quite a bit to the flavor. Probably one of the best beers I’ve had from Stone yet, and one of the best strong ales I’ve ever had
thorongil2 (1860) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent
gyllenbock (6201) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - FEB 18, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sample at a tasting at Systembolaget in February 2013.
Almost black with a brownish head. A lot of "Christmas" spices in this one, both in the aroma and taste. Particularly ginger and pepper. Crazy and all over the place. Not my kind of beer.
allenyen (1) - Massachusetts, USA - FEB 17, 2013 does not count
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
pours a thick black with a light brown head. it has strong flavors of cinnamon and allspice with hints of coffee/chocolate. lots of spice flavor with a slight bitterness at the end. this is a delightful beer to drink, but not one i would drink bottle after bottle.
Treebs (872) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz. bottle served in a CCB snifter.
A: Pours a dark brown color with a tan head forming on the pour. Some splotches of lace are left down the glass.
S: Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some roast with an odd citrus zest component mixed in.
T: Same from the nose. The is a spice bomb. Cinnamon stick, nutmeg and some citrus zest. Sweet cracker malts with some rice cake as well.
M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation level. The spices attack the tongue and really linger a long time making each sip a little less palatable.
O: Too much spice going on and not enough malt profile. Maybe in a year or so when the spices die down it’ll be a little more palatable.
Serving type: bottle
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - FEB 16, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle: pours a mostly opaque dark mahogany with a stringy-lacing light beige head. Has a sweet toasty dark caramel malty nose with some cinnamon and allspice. Starts with pretty good fullness and light effervescence with a toasted dark malty sweetness and lots of earthy spices and smooth bitter balance with some lingering clove spice. Has good complexity and should age well.