vlan1 (188) - Eastern Shore, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Draft @ Stone Tap Takeover. Pours black with a tan/beige head. Nose of Cinnamon and Ginger. Taste? Holy Spice Rack batman. Way to much allspice and clove. Sweet malty base but way to much clove going on for it to be drinkable.
Howlader (700) - - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle served in a snifter glass. Good belgian style ale. Not quite as good as some of the previous, but good.
NeoHippie2 (909) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 28, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark brown/black pour with a small beige head. This is a spice bomb, tons of clove, anise, and cinnamon on the nose. Flavor is similar but drier than you might expect. This was my least favorite in the series, just spice overload. The roasted malts come out in the finish which is a little bitter. This one needs a few more years in the cellar.
hockeybeerguy (1507) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JAN 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance has a dark black body yielding a one finger tan foamy head, light slightly foamy lacing.
The smell is an extremely powerful spicy/sweet aromas Ive ever smelled in any beers - clove, ginger, allspice to the chocolate, malt, and sugar, if this isnt complex, then nothing is.
The taste is mainly sweet becomes spicy through all previously mentioned flavors.
The palate is about a medium to almost heavy, eh - sessionable - maybe - perhaps, chocolatey aftertaste, smooth finish.
Overall, wow, I wasn’t expecting this beer to be this good, very complex in all aspects - perhaps had it at the right time, I would have this one again in a heartbeat.
DocLock (7703) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 25, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Capone’s. Pours thick and blackish with tan head. Nose was malty, with notes of pepper, gingerbread, x-mas spice, anise. Tastes christmas spicy, malty, with some finishing black gumdrop and hops.
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - JAN 23, 2014
1.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Could not place the aroma except for soapy until I read their description and it talked of how little clove they use and that was it ... blech. Nearly black body with a nice thick medium brown head. Initial flavor impression was of root beer ... until I saw the clove and that was it. Not a fan, but they’ve built more than enough good will!
beerfest5 (1130) - Dublin, IRELAND - JAN 21, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Better than 11 VE Ale, but come on, enough with the spice for Pete’s sake. Interesting, complex, yes, but the Christmas pudding like flavor is just too much for me.
BOSSbrewer (1420) - Arkansas, USA - JAN 18, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had at the BGoA Winter tasting. Pours dark brown. Thin tan head. Spicy. Clove and cinnamon. Flavor is off. Too spicy. Yuck.
Beese (1462) - Watford, Hertfordshire, ENGLAND - JAN 15, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at BrewDog, Shepherd’s Bush on 7 December 2013. Poured black with a dense tan head and excellent lacing. Spicy aroma with notes of chocolate and orange peal. Initial flavours of cake mix, dried fruit and Christmas pudding. Christmasy is the finish with nutmeg, ginger and brown sugar. Nice festive ale.
MichaelAwesome (3572) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - JAN 13, 2014
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
Maybe the worst beer ever. Maybe. Practically no carbo with aroma and taste containing only medicine. Hard to say if my tongue is infected or that strange brew.