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 (2065) - , 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 (6480) - 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.
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Holy spice bomb....seriously...spice bomb. Pours a thick black tar with a sticky brown head. Not sure how I feel about this, tons of flavor such as cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc. Nice belly burn. Sort of a nice holiday or fall beer. Still good, but not really into spices in my brew.
VALIS (229) - Nashua, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very spicy, clove in particular, also a little cinnamon, nutmeg, black licorice. And clove. Did I mention clove? Because there’s a lot of it here. The spices actually mellow out as the beer warms to room temperature, or my tastebuds were just blown by that point. Sounds like I didn’t like it and that’s not true, but you really need to be in the mood for a liquid spice cabinet.
stt0229 (6) - - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely one of my favorites of the series. Great front end and after notes are not overpowering. Smooth and flavorful.
Strykzone (6025) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - FEB 15, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This bomber was sent to me by Hayduke. We had it together via facebook chat. A very dark pour with enough red. A beautiful dark tan head is four fingers. Is that pumpkin pie in the aroma? So much to it. Oh my, the flavor is the same. Pumpkin pie spices galore. Cinnamon, brown sugar. Hops that grow and bring bitterness and citrus. A zesty bitterness that is noted very deep in the throat. This beer is so complex and changes from sip to sip. I feared it was over done with the complexity but not so. It managed to be able to hold up just fine. Chocolate was tasted later and the last sip was chocolatey mint. Amazingly complex. Delicious.