jjuf1853 (1195) - Land O Lakes, Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Brass Tap Trinity. Pours a dark chocolate brownish black with a tan head. Upper head forms sudsy lacing ring around the top of the glass while the rest of the head subdivides into smaller islands throughout the surface. Aroma packs a wallop of a punch of spices headlines by clove and cinnamon. Flavor is pretty unique but the spices start to overpower the finish towards the end. Still a fairly enjoyable beer though.
JoeTheYounger (1122) - Claremont, California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
ON draft at T Phillips Alehouse in La Verne. Poured a dark black with thin head. Aroma was sweet cinnamon and spices. Taste was slightly roasted malt with a nice holiday spice finish. Like a stout mixed with Anchor Christmas beer. Pretty good and I like the fact that the Belgian yeast was hard to spot on this year’s.
swoopjones (5219) - Buffalo, New York, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at blue monk. Dark pour, tan head. Christmas spice aroma, cinnamon cloves and allspice . Christmas flavor, black licqorice, cigarette finish that lingers. Fuller mouthfeel. Decent
Peacehammer (585) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
opened on 12-12-12. Thicker black pour than I’d have thought. Nose is all spices, somewhat indistinguishable. Harsh spices cover the palate, and a finishing spicy bitterness. Not the best from this series, but still decent.
TheEpeeist (3131) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Dark brown with a crema head. Nose is raisin, cinnamon, nutmeg and chocolate banana with musty hints. Slick and coating medium body with a tang. Coating mouthfeel, lingering on the palate. Taste is cinnamon, clove, orange peel, ginger, juniper and bitter chocolate. Slightly sour, maybe the rose hips. Ironically, i think this one the most ageable of the series.
NielsenRatings (8096) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ home, picked up at Wilburs in Fort Collins. Pours a deep brown/black appearance with a nice, lasting dark brown head. Super mintry/sprucey, big ginger, chewy Belgian chocolate malty, quite spicy aroma. Tangy, burnt dark chocolate, anise, light coffee, charred ashy, minty, pine needle flavor with a fairly bitter, minty, earthy hoppy finish. Pretty strong flavor but it was decent enough to drink.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churckey for 12.12.12. Beautiful deep garnet/black pour with a frothy light tan head. Nose and flavor bring big Christmas spice character with cinnamon, clove, and ginger, mixing with bits of roasted malt, chocolate, coffee, and molasses. Definitely one of the more stout-like of the series, and has solid depth of flavor. Fairly full mouthfeel, but not too sticky or syrupy. Quite nice.
trevor211 (1297) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Beautiful black pour, weird gray-brown head. Nose is a burst of baking spices. Lots of cloves, some allspice, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne (though without heat). Flavor keeps all of them, adding chocolate and brown sugar. This is an overpowering baked good in a glass. Strange, and overdone.
Dogbrick (7074) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at 101 Beer Kitchen. The beer pours an opaque brownish-black color with a medium tan head that dissipates slowly. Partial rings of lacing on the glass. The aroma is spicy with some toasted malt in the background. Medium to full body with flavors of burnt malt, cinnamon and a bit of dark chocolate. The finish is sweetly spiced with an earthy, malty aftertaste. Pretty good beer all around.
marcus (5856) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle consumed at Capitol Beer, Sacramento. Pours near black with a thin tan head and a strange spicy aroma - cloves or ginger. There is a delicious dark molasses and raisin flavor with lots of ginger and a dry finish. Very interesting.