talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a very dark color with red highlights and a moderately full, tan, dense, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace rings. The nose is like opening a baking spice rack; allspice, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, etc., etc., some banana, and some toasty and spicy notes. The flavor is similar to begin with the nutmeg, toasted caramel, clove, toffee, but dry earthy, minerally notes dry out the flavor like eating dry spices; a bit hard to get used to for the style. The palate is decent for the beer despite the dryness; less than lively, more than moderate, velvety, and coating. The finish bone dry, still caramelly, dry spices, spicy cinnamon, and a rare lingering bitterness. I don’t know where to begin with this one, totally different from anything you will try in this style, but that is Stone’s thing. The spicing was overwhelming and over the top but only became overbearing by the dryness of the finish. Different and unusual but not Stone’s best work.
Sregnar35 (1007) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the abbey. Pours very dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is very spicy, like cinnamon and ginger snap cookies, warm and nice.
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vt3stick (103) - Chicago, USA - JAN 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours brownish-black with slight head. Lots going on in the nose, ginger, cinnamon. Very fragrant. Drinks smoothly as expected with all of the spices plus raisins and then a dry finish.
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Mahogony beer with a light brown head. Malt and spice aroma. Malt and toffee flavor with spice. Medium bodied. Malt and toffee linger with spice and yeast. Light cocoa throughout.
topherh (1914) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - JAN 7, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma is roast malt, cinnamon, ginger, and other spices. Flavor is big spice, cinnamon, clove, a little roast malt and some dark fruit. Very dry with the spiciness throwing this out of balance.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Am I the only person who thinks this tastes like a steak marinade? Pours near black, no head, almost no nose. Flavor is herbal with a little spice and reminds me of A-1 Steak sauce. The hell, Stone? Are you too good to make an abbey ale like a good abbey?
thooper41 (549) - BELGIUM - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle: Appearance is dark brown with brown head. Aroma is or roasted malt. Taste is of roasted malt and hints of ginger and cinnamon.
Silphium (3188) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Deep opaque brown body, medium clumping light brown head. Nice, rich nose of chocolate, cinnamon, allspice, and hints of ginger, sweet, caky, and spicy. Medium body, rich, with chocolate, dark fruitskin, and spice, in addition to roast. Allspice is prominent; orange peel and cloves are notable. Finishes bitter and spicy. A few ounces is enough, as the spices get to be cloying, but not a bad brew.
gripweed57 (872) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Opague black color topped by a small creamy tan head. Spicy roasted malt aroma hints at yeasty dried fruit. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with notes of cinnamon, allspice, burnt caramel and dried fruit. Noticeable resiny hops in finish. Very nice.
unclemattie (4328) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
12.12.12, the last "epic". 22oz bottle. Pours black, chocolate colored head. Oily thick textured. Nice foam, great aromas. Loads if spice. Cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, cloves, and even clove-like esters, chocolate, and alcohol. Loads of spice flavor. Nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, clove, fruity esters, yeasty clove spicyness. Finishes dry with flavor of roasted malts. A perfect beer for the Twelfth Day of Christmas. (3573)