Ratman197 (9710) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber poured a clear dark reddish brown nearly black with a small lasting brown head. Aromas of cinnamon, clove, allspice, carmel and dark chocolate. Palate was medium bodied and smooth with a dry finish. Flavors of carmel, cinnamon, clove, allspice, roastiness and dark chocolate with a smooth dry lingering roasty spiced finish.
cmonster (969) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.
Bevacquas (1) - - DEC 19, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Had it on tap and was delicious. Went to the store the next day to stock up on bottles!
jmikolich (1446) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks Brett! Well the gimmick is over, a nice looking beer with lots of deep hues in the color, but the taste is as stone describes it, with a womp of spice, too much spice that muddles together..
TomTron (370) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coffee black with a thin beige head. Aromas of clove, dark chocolate, allspice, and some coffee in their. Whoa, wasn’t what I was expecting in the taste, in fact it keeps morphing with each sip. One sip will pack a huge spice punch with clove and ginger leading the way, to a coffee ground and dark chocolate finish and the next will to be dominated by chocolate malts, dark fruits and floral hops. Rather odd sensory triggering brew here. Alcohol is masked well and it has a pretty dry finish. Stone never seems to disappoint and even though this is not a beer I can see myself drinking all that often, it is still an exceptionally crafted brew. SLAINTE!!
deekyn (1170) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A - pours opaque black brown with low espresso head. S - cinnamon, cloves and a lot of nutmeg. Tangy raw cacao, chalky chocolate, espresso. Notes of vegetal matter and licorice. M - tangy medium bodied. Tangy to a sweet sticky end. T - cloves cinnamon and nutmeg nutmeg up front. Tangy ginger snaps, raw cacao, espresso and earthy vegetal malts in the palate. Lingering bitter grassy vegetal malts. O - interesting spiced holiday brew. 3.9
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GranvilleTim (1467) - Granville, Illinois, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dk black pour with a dark brown head. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, some cinnamon. Taste is creamy, dry, clove, nutmeg, nice anf herbal. Nice lacing.
b3shine (5344) - Indiana, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft to pint at Dutch’s. Looks good; black with foamy beige head that slowly dissipates into lacing. Smells doughy, yeasty, and spicy. Tastes like it smells with a malty backbone. Average on the palate with a fairly dry finish. Solid.
Tmoney99 (10585) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Poured hazy dark brown with an average frothy brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Moderate to heavy complex dark spice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy dark spice sweet flavor with a medium to heavy sweet finish of moderate to long duration. This is a smooth complex standout beer.
raphael (877) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Two days ago had the current Anchor Christmas beer, and really appreciated the spice & hop flavor blending happening here. This 12 12 12 takes to another level. Abby said it tasted like a Chinese medicine herb mixture. I smelled bananas and a complexity of herbs. The table was busy and i couldn’t take notes. chocolate powder, cayenne, pecans. tight dark head over near black body. fine sipping mouth feel.