4theluvofbeer (109) - Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark ruby pour with a big tan head. On the nose there is tons of spice - clove, cinnamon, anise and dark fruits. Flavor is complex ...some roasted malts and chocolate to start and ends with the spices.
HogTownHarry (6129) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUL 3, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2013-02-22 - tasting hosted by blankboy, with gregclow, jercraigs and mabel - bomber c/o ... me!? Pours red/black, almost opaque, with decent creamy tan/light brown head, nice lacing. Aroma is very pleasant - plenty of spice, with citrus and lightly roasted moderately sweet malt, a bit floral - quite a bit going on, hard to pin down - maybe a touch of anise, and a real Belgian yeast character. Taste initially hit my tongue as vegetal, but that settled out quickly - possibly the massive spicing threw me off - and left me with the impression of spicespicespice; cloves, nutmeg, ginger - light roast and floral notes, but it’s mostly about the spice. Average body, really, really astringent from the spice, modest carbonation, long spicy finish - a little over the top, would pair amazingly with a thick beef stew, IMHO.
MrFecesious (1091) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUL 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hog shack bottle share. Ridiculously dark brown with faint ruby spots and a big rocky tan cap. Aroma is a lot of nutmeg, clove, gingerbread cookies. Taste is spicy bitterness, and sweet. Tingly. Spiced heat finish.
CpyNPrnT (413) - Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Aroma is nutmeg and clove. Taste is nutmeg, clove, licorice, nice balance of sweetness from malt and even hop bitterness. Alcohol is nice and warming. A great beer.!
SarkyNorthener (2365) - West Bromwich (Yorkshire Expat), West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle thanks to Richthevillan at tasting. Black beer with small tan head. Aroma of mulled wine, marmite, licorice and dark fruits. Taste is licorice, coffee, spices, prunes and some earthy notes. Medium bodied and a little oily. Superb.
RichTheVillan (3447) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - JUN 29, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from an International Trade; dark brown pour with a frothy tan head, fruity aroma, loads of Christmas spices in the taste cinnamon, nutmeg, some plain chocolate, creamy mouthfeel, very complex rewarding beer.
RussianDragon (514) - - JUN 22, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUL 20, 2014 22 oz bottle. Pours a dark brown with a light beige head that leaves small amount of lacing. Aroma is complex, all notes within context of Belgian yeast. Cloves, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, cloves, orange peel, and cloves. Flavor is same with a sweet spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice to try once, best to share multiple ways. 7 3 6 3 12 = 3.1
Re-rated 7.19.14, Christiansburg, VA
22 oz bottle. Pours a barely translucent dark brown/near black with light barely passing as burgundy hues on glass. Aroma is mild, with notes of clove, cinnamon, cardamom, and cocoa powder, all in the context of Belgian yeast. Flavor is round and well-aged, especially after nearly two years. Belgian ale yeast frames the cinnamon, clove, cardamom and nutmeg spice profile, with a muted presence of bittersweet chocolate syrup. This beer has finally come into its own; it only took 2 years! Medium bodied, full carbonation, pleasantly sweet chocolate and spicy finish. Another great offering from Stone.
Busick (390) - South Carolina, USA - JUN 20, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Usually not a HUGE fan of Belgian Strong’s, but this is a very good beer that is fairly easy to locate.
neuromatt (1169) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 9, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle from AJ’s in Tucson, served in a stem glass alongside 11-11-11 and the red wine barrel version of 11-11-11 at a tasting at Dan’s. Pours deep black with a medium tan head that mostly remains and leaves a small amount of lace. On the nose it has huge notes of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Notes of orange peel, coffee and tobacco come through as well. The flavour is lightly sweet with espresso, chocolate and Christmas spice from the nose. The finish is long and spicy with big allspice, nutmeg and cloves, with other notes from the nose. On the palate it is full in body with a creamy texture and soft carbonation. Overall, a very nice Christmas-spicy dark ale, complex and balanced. A great send off to a great series! 2014-06-07
DarkSong (295) - Dacula, Georgia, USA - JUN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours an inky black color with a small tan head. It has the aroma of spices, caramel and a roasty aroma. It has a very complex taste. It tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg & chocolate with a burnt flavor, I really like this beer.