Darwenus (869) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown, like a porter, with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is spices and sweet vanilla, and the flavor is really big. Strong holiday type spices and fruit and ginger, there’s a fruitcake like quality and a finish with strong cloves and cinnamon. Another outstanding Stone beer.
Bjshades (156) - Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark black, aromas.of spice, slight sweet cinnamon notes, it’s ok overall
decaturstevo (5773) - decatur, Tennessee, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JAN 6, 2013 Almost black pour with a tan head and lace. Aroma is pumpkin pie like with a hinto vanilla. Flavor of pumpkin pie with a clovish after taste. Light creamy chocolate. Medium full bodied with a tad of fizziness. Also some anise like characteristics. Pretty nice. Original rate was 3.7 but as I drank the whole 22oz the clovish/allspice really started to eat at me.
ChainGangGuy (4781) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown, near black body with a well-sized, pillowed, dark tan-hued head. Sufficient lacing present.
Smell: Even before leaning in for a sniff, you can smell the heavy-handed pack of spices, but, go on, already, and use that snout of yours. Sniff long, sniff deep. You get a clear-cut aroma of each member of the spicing addition, overneathe the charred maltiness and Belgian-type esters.
Taste: Roasted, burnt maltiness with some lighter, gentler tastes of breadcrust, brown sugar that, soon, are consumed by the accumulating spiciness. Very little sweetness throughout. Like being tossed in a giant burlap sack with feral cats, you’re torn to shreds by the spices. Also, some bitterness. Yes, some alcohol. And, still, there’s the charry maltiness. Finishes quite dry, quite spicy, and still rather roasty. In fact, those’re the main impressions of the beer: roast and potpourri.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: It’s the end of an era, I suppose, and they’re closing out with a bold holiday spicing that would leave even the folks at St. Feuillien wide-eyed.
MadIndian (2729) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On draft at Issacs. Nice medium black body, definite bnotes of clove, ginger, roast and chocolate. I thought the clove was a tad over powering, but overall, a good brew.
Headbanger (3803) - 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 (5790) - 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 (5591) - Staunton, 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 (5997) - 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.