RedSox2004 (1252) - 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 (202) - 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 (746) - 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 (220) - 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.
BK7 (734) - Turner, Oregon, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber. Spice, dark fruit and some citrus. Creamy and sweet malty background. Light bitter finish with a spicy aftertaste and mild alcohol burn. A good beer but I was hoping for better.
jimmie65 (330) - Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark reddish-brown pour with a red-brown head. Aroma is spice, coffee, malt. Taste is dry, strong bitter. Nutmeg, some citrus, allspice, coffee,
thirdeye11 (5547) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
(Draught) looks really nice, deep brown, creamy Tan head that lasts. Nose is super super clove heavy, allspice, holiday spices, light chocolate, like a floor cleaner of potpourri. Taste is just horrible. Like drinking chocolate clove water. All clove, allspice, dark chocolate, creamy palate but the clove is so strong it’s hard to like. Rough. The description says "just a little!" Clove, but I’m sort of wondering if that’s marketing for "oh damnit, that 40lb bag of clove wasn’t supposed to end up there."
burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured thick and black very little head. Aroma was lots of spices, nutmeg & cinnamon mainly. Taste was of a dark ale with spices. Thick palate. Overall, not my favorite of the verticals but it fits the series well.
ketchepillar (1074) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. "Tastes like christmas" - Kristen-mas. "Smells like my armpit when it was drunk and sexy" - Kristen-mas. Reminiscent of Anchor Xmas for sure. Chocolatier and roastier. A bit weird. Sweet, but with a hop pellet-esque bitterness.
mmmbeer (1241) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz. botlle served in shaker- better late than never I guess. Poured a nontransparent black when held to a light source, darkened tan head formed with about a dozen frog eyes that bubbled and popped as the medium carbonation hit them. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, ginger, cinnamon, darkened fruit, and hype. Hits the mouth with a medium body, spices hit you from the start, which makes the malt almost unnoticeable- the malt tastes like it was smoked, middle has some more spices, finish is just spicy with a bittering undertone. More or less a Christmas cookie in the glass- you might be into that kind of thing, and that’s fine, but I’m not. Hype. Yep, a shitload of hype.