Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Dchmela. A full bodied beer bursting with clove roasty malt and barley. I bet this pairs well with a nice steak!
dchmela (2785) - Orlando, Florida, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours black with a thin off white head. Huge nose of clove and cinnamon as well as roasted grains. Smooth malt with lots of chocolate, cinnamon and roasted grain in the taste. Really amazing beer.
HighWine (955) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, nearly black pour, beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice. Tastes just like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and a very pleasant dark roastiness. Enjoyed this one a lot and it was a nice kickoff to our VE tasting.
oRos (1320) - sacramento, California, USA - DEC 15, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from citrus heights bevmo. Aroma is cinnamon ans spices. Color is black with brown head. Taste is hot cinnamon and ginger bread cookie.
HonkeyBra (3675) - 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 (9241) - San Diego County, 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 (4738) - 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 (2323) - 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!