ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A - Pours a dark black color with a thin finger of frothy khaki-chocolate colored head. The head fades down at a normal pace leaving behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with dark fruits, candi sugar, lots of spices including allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger, with a bit of citrus peel, Belgian yeast, and some booze.
T - Starts out with a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with a touch of chocolate and some dark fruits, allspice, cinnamon, and some light citrus peel. Through the middle, some more spices come through with some clove, ginger, and herbs, with some Belgian yeast and candi sugars. The finish is a mix of sweet dark caramel malts with lots of spices, dark fruits, some citrus peels, and some booze.
M - Full bodied with moderate carbonation. Feels smooth with a warming, sweet, and spicy finish.
D - Very drinkable. Nice big BSDA but just a touch too spice heavy. Good complexity.
larryLSB (448) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber, 12/12/12. Dark brown, with a creamy medium tan head. Spicy nose, all those that make the holidays what they are; sweet, malty. Taste was somewhat sweet, full bodied with a creamy texture. Nice.
Macegan75 (728) - Phoenixville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Damico’s for the Epic Series. Pours dark brown, with some head. Nose is ginger, molasses and brown malt. First sip is similar with all spice and mild coffee. Finish is nice with tons of brown malty flavors and a touchof smoke.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours black with tan head. Aroma of allspice, nutmeg, pepper, cinnamon, dark chocolate. Flavor is much the same with a dark roast finish. Medium- Heavy mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, interesting brew!
tricyclist (959) - Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sniffer pour, deep dark brown with full finger khaki head. Nose is quite spiced, ginger, cloves and all that stuff I never go big on. Flavor is similar, quite spiced, sharp... Smooth body, not too heavy.
zmanzorro (128) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap in the commemorative conical glass. Pours a very dark brown with a caramel head. Aroma is of dark fruit. Taste is fruity and dark malts with alcohol. Low carbonation with a lingering fruity taste.
badlizard (5536) - Berkeley, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at brewery. Dark brown to black with a creamy tan head. Sweet roasted grain and allspice aroma. Tastes of chocolate, all spice, nutmeg, and cinnamon with a roasted grain earthy finish and s nice creamy palate.
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Super dark pour, looks almost like a stout with a slick tan head. Wonderful spiced aroma, cinnamon, cloves and some dark fruit. Flavor is even better, a great balance of the spices and sweet malty goodness. This is a fucking tasty beer.
kidmartinek (3741) - austin, Texas, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: DEC 17, 2012 Black beer white head. Lots of licorice and ginger in the aroma. The flavor is licorice, sugar, and ginger. Reminds me of black jelly beans, which I like so I like the taste of the drink but don’t think of it as a beer. Too many adjuncts. It hides its strength well though and is tasty. The finish is a little dry and chalky. The lacing is light and tan. The texture is oily and drools down the inside of the glass after each sip.
mjg74 (2607) - Salem, Oregon, USA - DEC 11, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber from BevMo. Bottled @ 9%. Dark in color. Pretty much black. Slick and oily looking. Highly spiced nutmeg nose. Roasty with a lot of spice. Smooth bodied. Some burning in the finish. Not sure if it’s from the spice or from alcohol. Strong roasty finish as well.