Headbanger (2739) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle 1/4/13 (Binny’s Naperville)-42° in Snifter-Pours black with a small brown head. Aroma of spices. Taste of spices, yeast, and dark fruits. I can see why people do not like this spicy full bodied brew but I personally enjoy the spices. Maybe a bit too much but still tasty.
vyvvy (3422) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown with a dense tan head. The aroma is quite spice forward with cinnamon, allspice and ginger in the forefront. There is also dark smooth malt, Belgian yeast and lots of dark fruits (dates/figs). It is quite smooth and gentle. The body is fairly full with some smoothness, but the carbonation at the finish gives it some roughness. The flavor starts with dark roasty/toasty malt and dry spices. The cloves peak through on the taste, but not noticing the orange peel. Ginger and dark fruit are pretty heavy. The finis is dry, powdery and floral. Really nicely done.
obguthr (3313) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Char, nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon aroma. Cola brown, medium yellow head. Flavor is burned gingerbread cookies. Allspice in the finish.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - JAN 4, 2013
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
What beautiful dark pour and creamy head. Spicey and fruity at the same time. The flavors remain on my palate long after swallowing. Perhaps the perfect dark beer.
TheBeerGod (4907) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Black pour with a medium, thick, dense brown head. Aroma is rather spicy with ginger and cinnamon notes, toasted grains, roasted malt, smoky wood and light licorice. Taste is ginger, cinnamon, roasted malt, light licorice, faint clove, chocolate, toasted grains, burnt caramel and light candyish notes. Body is medium-full with a strong, dense carbonation. Finishes with mint chocolate, cinnamon, ginger, clove, roasted malt, burnt grains, caramel and licorice notes.
JaBier (4332) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Market Garden on 12/30/12. Pitch black pour with a medium tan head. Aroma of ginger, cinnamon, malt, slight roast and Belgian esters. Malty flavor with notes of ginger, caramel, anise and toffee before a roasty finish. Pretty nice.
angrypirate06 (1374) - Texas, USA - JAN 4, 2013
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draught. Black pour. Aroma is all over the place: ginger, clove, maple, pancakes, Christmas, potpourri. Flavor is ginger, clove, cinnamon, with a huge roast on the end and too much bitterness for all the spice. Thick mouthfeel.
falco242 (167) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JAN 3, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poura a really dark, almost black color from the bottle with a dark coffee head. Really nice aroma of some Belgian yeast, nutmeg and cinnamon and spice and a bit of sweetness to the nose too. Flavor is spiced and malt and a touch wheaty. Ends a bit bitter which isn?t my favorite, but it?s good overall.
quiznoaz (307) - Arizona, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark oily pour, looks like a stout. The aroma is light, with some malt and sweetness. Nice taste of sweet bourbon and chocolate without being cloying, balanced by a nice bitterness that continues for a while.
vtafro (2169) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 2, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Dark to black pour with brown head. Ginger, cinnamon and licorice aromas dominate. Dark malts with very different spices and malty after taste.