BoydJustitz (58) - Maryland, USA - FEB 20, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Glass at RHSG. Dark brown/black medium beige head. Aroma: nutmeg, raisins and chocolate. Taste: Sweet and a bit bitter. Medium carbonation, full body, dry finish. Overall a better than average Belgian strong ale.
Theydon_Bois (5434) - The ’Sham, Surrey, ENGLAND - DEC 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at BD Camden, 13/12/13.
Black with a good sized tan head.
Nose is dark fruits, cake mix, light smoke, brown sugar, toffee fudge, dates, raisens.
Taste comprises Xmas cake, dark fruit, dates, prunes, brown sugars, light booze, spice, clove.
Medium bodied with bite, fine carbonation, light booze laced dark fruit in the closure.
Decent, the 9% doesn’t really rear its head too much, good level of depth and fairly easy drinking.
OPIE788 (76) - - DEC 14, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. I didn’t vare for this fresh in a bottle last year but this isn’t bad. Nice coffee nose and cinnamon and raisin flavor. Very nice.
Davhgbrew (747) - Coconut Creek, Florida, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark black color. Aroma of dark fruit and cocoa. Sips med to full with currant and anise. Middle has Asian food like spice flavor mild carbonation and finishes smooth cola like sweetness. Very nice complex brew.
Beergeek23322 (1725) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12.12.2013. 22 oz. bottle. Aged for one year. Dark brown, almost black with a foamy beige head. Roasted malt aromas with brown sugar, spices, plums, raisins. A hint of sweet fruit but quickly turns bitter. Rich and robust with a good balance between fruit and spices. This is the right time of year for this one. Excellent brew!
KansaiBeerLvrs (916) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
It’s December 12th so it’s time to crack open a bottle of Stone 12.12.12! 9% beautiful dark brown pour with 1cm of tan head. The aroma is bready, chocolate, possibly some banana & spices. Milky smooth, bitter chocolate, cinnamon & nutmeg all appear in the flavor. I’m getting a real kind of milkshake vibe, it’s not a sweet beer but the texture of the mouthfeel points my mind in that direction. A good beer, perfect for aging & sipping on a cold winter day like today. I really enjoyed it.
maneliquor (2294) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Tap at BD Shepherds Bush. Pours very dark brown with a firm tan head leaving great lacing. Nose is full of spices focusing on cinnamon and cardamon. Very earthy with a hint of squash and rosemary. Balanced though. Taste is a perfect balance between milk chocolate and cinnamon. Absolutely spot on. Spices never over power and roast is always in check. Really well made beer. Love it
Nocturne (554) - Cheshire, ENGLAND - DEC 10, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at BrewDog Manchester. Near black shade with a tan head. Aroma filled with winter spice. Taste has waves of dark maltiness and lots more Christmassy spice notes. I normally have little problem with heavy spiced beers but they were a bit overdone here for me.
DanielBrown (3488) - Birmingham (via Leicester), West Midlands, ENGLAND - DEC 9, 2013
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Keg at Brewdog Brum. Buttery, orange, marzipan, dried fruit (slight). A malty, dark beast. Leavened by fruit. Appropriate for the time of year. Nice. Super rich.
harrymel (820) - Spokane, Washington, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours opaque dark brown with a sheet of mocha foam. Smells really, really spicy. Nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, cloves (stronger than I had anticipated), some floral notes and it all comes together to smell like tee tree oil. Tastes sweet and spiced - the aforementioned collage comes into play, the malts are charred, sweet and accented with a classical belgian yeast character. Medium to full bodied with lighter carb, the beer has a really fine feel. This is an interesting beer, I think it falls into a well done example of the style.
Serving type: bottle
Fantomasus (189) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Strange cat... Aroma is overwhelmed with spice: nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, etc... There are undertones of burnt orange and... metal? Taste is weighted towards bitter with some light sweet/sour/salt. Palate is a low point... thick, oily, bitter, and too much clover in the nose. Fascinating brew but won’t buy again.