Fratto (2709) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a small tan head. All sorts of baking spice and anger with a touch of booze.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours with a minute shade off of a black hued body with a nice, retentive medium brown head that leaved good lace. Aromas are of spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, raisins, toasted bread, mild Belgian yeast. Ginger bread, estery, vanilla, mildly floral. Pastries, a touch of chocolate, but no real roast character. Flavors are a bit ashy, wooden, roasty, cigarette butts. Dry, bitter, slightly vegetal and astringent spice (not quite as badly as I’m making it sound). Pretty dry, clove, raisins, dark fruit, leather. Medium allspice and low nutmeg. Earthy. Mildly warming, but the alcohol isn’t at all distracting. Slightly confused and a bit overly spiced. Medium carbonation (high 2.5s), slightly fuller body with a dry finish.
Hair6a11 (1399) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled moderate khaki head - retention is average / below average in this glass, with some sticky lacing present. Anyway - the last vertical epic - and it’s fairly interesting, not that it’s my favorite but I haven’t had them all either. The nose is spice dominant : ginger and cinnamon, the orange peel came through later in an obvious and surprising fashion for me. The flavor profile reveals more of the dark malts that the pour revealed, with caramel, cocoa, roast, dark fruits, coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, florals, and a hint of soapiness here. This is an interesting brew that finishes a little odd for me.
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bootle- Poured cold- Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a tan head, that seems to be holding up. Aromas similar to Anchor Christmas ale, pine, spruce, cinnamon, nutmeg... Mouth feel is medium bodied with an initial hit of orange and clove on the palate. A little too much and might be over cloying as it warms. I get a slight sardine flavor from the brew. Not sure if it’s from the cap, but it’s still to young for the effect. Carbonation is very mellow and just as most vintages, this won’t age very well. It’s not well balance. The alcohol is very well hidden for what it is . I’d rather frink Trader Joe’s Vintage ale.
craftbeerdesign (2204) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
shared bomber. pours black with little head. spice filled nose. med body with more spices, dark malts and a light citrus bitterness. chocolate malt finish with some lingering spice.
Wittales (686) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance was clear deep brown with creamy tan tiny diminishing head, no lacing. Aromas are spices ie. clove, nutmeg, vanilla, cinamain, sweet roasted chocolate, coffee malts, no alcohol present. Taste are sweet cocao, coffee, toffee malts with candi shinning through. Spices are present like winter brews are, all spice, nutmeg, cin, clove are slightly coming to play.Palate was soft smooth CO2 with meduim-full body, then lasting dryish spicey finish. Like stoutish and winter combine.
Markm2151 (280) - toledo, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Banana, cherry, and bubblegum on the aroma and palate. Instense aroma. Tan fizzy, creamy head. Well balanced.
BBB63 (6346) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle and served in my Stone IRS Snifter: Pours basically black with an initial huge tan head that left outstanding lacework upon the glassware. The nose strikes out with massive spice overtones of cinnamon, clove, ginger, allspice and orange zest along with the backing chocolate and walnut bread notes. Some black tea and charred smoked bacon too. Minimal hop character which would have helped IMO.
The taste is smothered sweet malts with lot of holidaze spices. The ginger really kicks it into high gear. Again, it does need more hop and espresso like bitterness for balance, nearly cloy. I can not escape the Earl Gray tea character this beer has, I like that! Some charred notes as well. The mouth feel is sticky and lush but has a dry almost thin finish. Bizarre and unique but not something I would really want more than a glass of... what to do with the rest of bomber... maybe some chocolate ice cream?
DYCSoccer17 (3442) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle purchased from Nugget in West Sacramento. The aroma on this is bizarre. I get some significant lime in the nose. I also get a little bit of a chile peppery aroma, too. Floral notes are also there, with a slight, underlying roasty and chocolate maltiness. Bizarre aroma. Gorgeous beer. Opaque black body with a large, creamy, brown head. Good retention. Starts super sweet and milky, with a ton of chocolate creamy flavors in the middle. Quite sweet, and sticky, full body in the middle. Finishes with a dash of chile pepper flavor, and light spiciness. Light floral flavors come through late. This is a really thick, sweet, decadent beer. Unfortunately, it is a bit all over the place, and not overly enjoyable
jbruner (2732) - Athens, Georgia, USA - DEC 29, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an opaque black on tap with a bubbly tan head that dissipates to leave light lacing; looks like a stout with more carbonation. Aroma Aroma of roasted malts, belgian yeast, and spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, allpsice, and clove. Taste follows, with the belgian up front, followed by a cinnamon and ginger middle, then a serious nutmeg and allspice ending that last for a good long time. Complex, interesting, awesome; can’t wait to try the one I have cellaring.