xShanex (60) - Wyalusing, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Pours black with a frothy head. Spices on the nose as expected. Cinnamon leads the pack. Decent body. Less roasted quality than expected. Bitterness balances out the sweetness. Slight off flavor on the finish. Alcohol hidden quite nicely. Have another? Maybe in a couple years.
BierFiend (240) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours dark brown with no head. Smells of spices, bitter, malts, and nutmeg. Tastes of spices, bitter, malts, and nutmeg. Very pleasant spice left on the tongue and light bitter.
TheGB (476) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Timberwood grill. Black with a nice brown head. Aroma of allspice, malt and hops. Nice taste with significant spice and good balance with a nice palate.
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natejgood (388) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, almost black, with a nice coffee colored head. I think there may be a bit of smoke in the aroma - and some molasses. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. A bit sweet and very creamy in the mouth. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass as the beer goes down. This beer may be too sweet for some people, but I think it is pretty taste even though I don’t normally like sweet beers.
asheft (2427) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Licorice and ginger aroma complemented by faint pine and black currant. Opaque black under a ruddy, light brown ring and wisps that last. Sweet pumpkin pie spices and juniper and ginger and licorice flavour with a medium bitterness that almost balances the sweetness. Medium to full body, moderate carbonation, lingering bitter licorice finish.
Dazz3 (1463) - Hällefors, SWEDEN - SEP 18, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours pitch black with a big brown head. Smells and tastes smoky, cinnamon, roasted malt, abit bread, bitter with a smoth smoky roasted malt finish.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve never reviewed one of these VE ales before, so as luck would have it, my good friend picked up a bottle and agreed to share it with me. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a creamy one-finger khaki shade. The general appearance is almost stout-like.
S: Stone really didn’t dick around with the spices, did they? There is insane cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg on the nose. The eye-watering spiciness evokes Harpoon’s (overspiced) Winter Warmer in a way. Still, I’d love more of the base beer to come through.
T: The aroma didn’t deceive me, this is spiced to fuck and back. It opens with a heavy-handed explosion of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. After a while, it fades into a long dark fruit finish (plums, mainly). Touches of roasted nuts also appear. Complexity is good, but unfortunately it’s complex in a messy, imbalanced way.
M: This one has a pretty thick body. A shame it had to follow the devastatingly drinkable La Terrible, because this one just seemed indolent and flabby in comparison. Still, alcohol is decently concealed.
O: This brew is meh not because it’s boring and lacking pizzazz, but because it’s pizzazz is haphazard and unfocused. That, and Christmas in July kind of sucks.
jesperhammer (2606) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - SEP 16, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
13-SEP-2013, bottle @Ulkloebben tasting, @Erik.
Black with lasting tan head.
Aroma is roast and ginger.
Taste is roast, coffee, a strong herbal presence, cinnamon, bread. Above average body, long roasted finish. I do not really like it. Overdone on the spices. X-mas-like. Too much.
jflopsu (401) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark black pour with thick brown head. Has a sweet aroma of liquorish, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sweet taste full of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and roasted. Coffee/espresso aftertaste but nothing too strong or bitter.
chimpgibbon (178) - London, Bedfordshire, ENGLAND - SEP 12, 2013
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Cornelius. Black with tan head. Gorgeous Xmas cake aroma with big nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is a little astringent however, particularly on the end. Good front end of boozy pudding giving way to some hop bitterness, but this all falls at the last fence with an unsatisfying acrid quality both in taste and on the palate.