HonkeyBra (3068) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 15, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 oz. bottle. So this is how this ends, huh? Black pour. Thick tan head. Aroma of clove, all spice, some cinnamon and ginger. Maybe a touch of tar. Flavor is basically just clove, tons of other spice, maybe a bit of dirt. This is just so mediocre. The body is thin with blah carbonation. I’m not even sure what else to say about this.
GT2 (7720) - Carlsbad, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap at CK for 12.12.12 night! Thanks to craftycarl21 for the share. And by that I mean I just took his glass. Excellent appearance- thick creamy mocha foam, big retention, webby lacing. Clear blood ruby to near black pour. Nose is savory, big sage and lavender again. Are all of these beers spiced? Taste is light formaldehyde -__- rose hips, lavender, more garden spice/herbs, star anise and black pepper. Lactic palate with lemon acid and dark chocolate bite. Decent. Still weird.
thornecb (4109) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep mahogany into a snifter. Mocha milkshake head recedes leaving scant lacing. Clove, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Thick with smoky "bitters", caramel and licorice upfront turning to chocolate covered fruitcake before the lasting espresso and clove finish.
legion242 (2089) - Richardson, Texas, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured a deep coffee colour with minimal head. Smell of nice spices- very holidays like. This followed into the flavours that had Christmas just screaming.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - DEC 15, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle poured into glass. What a great way to end an series. This beer, to me, just screams Christmas time with it’s variety of spice and flavor. Very much a Christmas because of it’s dark color and sweet spicy flavor. I really enjoyed it!
dalepryor (305) - Paducah, Kentucky, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours black with brown head, aromas of spice up front, im picking up a lot of allspice, there is a earthy hop presence followed by roasted malts. Taste is spices up front getting cinnamon and allspice with some hop bitterness along with a very good roasty character possibly some chocolate in the finish. mouthfeel is full with a nice amount of carbonation. Overall this is very well balanced, everything blends together perfectly and no one flavor dominates the rest. Seems to me stone has been on a roll lately with some well crafted brews, nice stuff!
RedSox2004 (1100) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Opaque, dark, dark brown with a bubbly tan head and excellent lace. Dark fruit aromas dominate, accompanied by alcohol, Belgian yeasts, spices and chocolate. Flavors are similar, and feature a chewy bready malt sweetness, dark chocolate, spices and ripe plums. Medium body, tons of carbonation, soft and warming alcohol, and a pleasant fruit sweetness in the finish.
tobias (199) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle: upon opening the bottle I could smell the sweet spice. It was very pleasant and not overpowering. The pour was much darker than I was expecting from a Belgian stong ale. Much more stout like in appearance. The aroma is of malt and spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. hints of roastiness. The flavor is a amazing blend of toasty, roasty, spice, chocolate and malt. Spice is not overbearing and less sweet than I was expecting. It’s like a Belgian spiced stout. I think spice beers can get out of control/balance really quick, but this is a great example of what an world class brewery can create.
thetmaxx (728) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured in to my Stone glass. Wow, not what I expected. Aroma is cinnamon and ginger. Colour is dark, nice head. Flavor also showcases the cinnamon/ginger. There are some dark malts. Finishes thick and sticky sweet. Overall I would have thought this was a DFH brew, and its pretty good.
badpuppy69 (176) - orange, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very dark like a stout, no head really. Aroma is nutmeg coffee dark chocolate some spices. Taste follows the nose with a medium to heavy mouth feel. Slight black licorice note too. Alcohol is hidden well. Slight pumpkin characters but like a stout pumpkin. Pretty good but is not really my style as its very black beer. But good.