kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. Iím not sure what rose hips taste like, but Iím sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.
EithCubes (4420) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. Nose is fully spiced: cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, clove, orange peel, vanilla -- too much!. And sweet malt. Pours very dark brown and sits black in the glass, with a dense brown head. Rich taste in the mouth is sweet with ash, tar, roast, light tobacco, and reaches something of a balance with the above spices, cinnamon and allspice still the strongest among them. I donít particularly like how the spices clash with the malt/yeast character here, though they are accompanied by a very nice and very suitable herbal element. Strong dark chocolate, no bitterness or real hops, very well-hidden alcohol, big fat body and smooth mouthfeel. This plays as a straight imperial stout over anything Belgian or Belgian-inspired, as has been the case with previous bottles. Have to admit Iím a little disappointed in the lack of variation, but the series had its moments.
In the end, I would rank those Iíve had as follows: 06 > 10 > 09 > 11 > 08 > 07 > 12, with the spices much better handled in í07 than í12.
Theydon_Bois (5454) - The íSham, 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% doesnít 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 didnít vare for this fresh in a bottle last year but this isnít bad. Nice coffee nose and cinnamon and raisin flavor. Very nice.
Davhgbrew (750) - 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 (1730) - 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 (917) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 12, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Itís December 12th so itís 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. Iím getting a real kind of milkshake vibe, itís 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 (556) - 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