BK7 (773) - 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 (5952) - 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 (456) - 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 (1184) - 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 (1369) - 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.
jb (2750) - Rochester, New York, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
One of the most impressive beers I have ever had, and it is going to get the highest number of anything I have rated. What a good finish to an up and down series, that was mostly pretty enjoyable that I am sad is ending. Beautiful, dark thick foamy head, in a really cool glass that fanned out but was short. Sweet uber spicy nose with dark fruit and malt notes. Body starts spicy, then tasted malty, then creamy, then clean. Dark roast/smoke lingers in some sips. Tingles too. As I can’t imagine how they can improve this, I am rating this quite well.
Beerenberger (1590) - Fischer, Texas, USA - DEC 14, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nose of cinnamon, and dark fruit. Pours a deep dark brown with mostly diminishing tan head and minor lacing. Tastes of cinnamon, allspice, with some bitterness on the finish. Cinnamon lingers on the aftertaste. Medium body and medium carbonation. Overall, the spices are not overpowering and therefore the beer can be enjoyed.
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NobleSquirrel (3439) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 14, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Hopleaf. Glad I didn’t buy into this whole epic thing. this one was a huge let down for a finisher. Pours a deep mahogany with reddish tinges, offwhite head. The nose is super spiced. nutmeg and clove, pumpkin spicing. Weird cop out for a pumpkin beer? Dark malt on the palate along with the spicing. Like an overdone pumpkin beer, really. Horrible way to end the series...
radagast83 (6647) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - DEC 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Churchkey on 12/12/12. Poured a dark color with a dark tan head. Aroma was some Christmas spices - touch of cinnamon, allspice, touch of orange peel. Flavor had roasted malts, sweet dark coffee character, Christmas spices. Reminds me a bit of the Anchor Christmas brew.