thooper41 (556) - 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 (3191) - 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 (1326) - 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 (4358) - 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)
GMCC2181 (1586) - Newark, Delaware, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via SL... Pours a dark black color....wasnt expecting that at all. Decent little head. Strong lacing left on the glass. Nose of spices... smells like a pumpkin stout. Lots nutmeg, cinnamon. Tasty... if this came out around Fall I would be all over it. Medium body, average carbonation level. Alcohol hidden well. Overall: Enjoyable...
mikedR (1561) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Absolutely wonder Belgian ale. Super dark malty base that is not super carbonated and not sweet at all. By itself this makes the ale great. But the spices -- wow! I'm definitely picking up cardamom and cinnamon, and somehow they all work together to elevate the beer.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
hopmelt (197) - Painesville TWP, Ohio, USA - JAN 6, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: MAY 9, 2013 Pours very dark brown, not much head, good light khaki lacing. Very malty aroma, lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, allspice, pronounced bubble gum aroma. Tastes sweet, then spicy, no bubble gum as in the nose, but all the other spices are there, cannot taste the alcohol, mildly earthy, slight citrus hop notes. Medium mouthfeel, good carbonation, very spicy, very slight alcohol burn. Overall good, I can see this being very good in 10 years when the spices mellow.
Cybercat (4987) - Georgia, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Strong aroma has malty and yeasty notes and a firm overtone of spices - I get clove, ginger and maybe allspice. Thought I smelled coriander, though that’s not listed as an ingredient. It pours like a stout - a deep, warm sable with a thick, fine-bubbled tan head. Flavor - woooooooo, mouth-filling, strong and herbal; woody, licorice, ginger, roast malt, bitter hoppy, subtle orange and nutty notes. This beer must be sipped slowly! Thick, firm, smooth texture has a strong and persistent tingle. Stones last "triplet date" beer is a winner!
Imaena (2173) - Maputo, MOZAMBIQUE - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. They laid into the spice cabinet a little to heavy on this one. The nose and taste was solid spice cake. Really nice deep dark color, great scent, and full thick body. Simply too spicy for me.
LinusStick (3200) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A decent beer to round out the series. Very heavy on the spices. Aroma was all spice. Strong nutmeg, ginger and allspice. Pour was a deep dark black with a one finger tan head. Taste was all spices. The nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice were there, but the ginger really came out strong. Tasted like a dark gingerbread cookie. A slightly bitter aftertaste seemed a little out of place but was welcome. Light carbonation. Too spicy to be great, but a tasty holiday/gimmick beer.