jsmerig (1199) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a near black with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and dark malt. Taste is sweet and smooth with roasted coffee notes mixed with cinnamon and spice. Good for special occasions.
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BeerSkull (1195) - SWEDEN - APR 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Bottle). Interestingly, spicy aroma and the taste is the same. The label mentions "cinnamon, ginger, allspice, sweet orange peel, clove and rosehips" and I can taste at least 5 of the 6 spices. I really like this beer, very well balanced despite all spices. Thanks for an interesting vertical journey Stone!
pdx77 (1191) - Oregon, USA - DEC 21, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draught at Bailey’s Taproom. Deep, dark pour with chocolate head. Spicy taste, just riding the edge on being too much spice.
brystmar (1189) - Dallas, Texas, USA - FEB 7, 2013
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Super spicy aroma, Christmas cloves in my face. Hmm, way too heavy on the spices in the aroma & taste. Booze at the end. Bleh.
rxeight (1188) - Illinois, USA - DEC 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Purchased this to enjoy with the 11.11.11. Dark pour. Compared to the 11 this had more nutmed, less cinamon no pepper. Some belgian spices but covered up by the kitchen spices. Slightly better than the 11, but still not my style.
Fatehunter (1178) - Corbett, Oregon, USA - FEB 5, 2013
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A thin head on a pitch black body.
The aroma is loaded with black pepper, dark fruits, molasses and caramel. Amazing.
The taste is dark... molasses sweetness, black licorice, plum and grapefruit bitterness. Quite complex with some bold flavors.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation and a heavier body.
It’s a sipper.
talon1117 (1152) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JAN 8, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The pour is a very dark color with red highlights and a moderately full, tan, dense, frothy head which settles to a thin froth and leaves similar lace rings. The nose is like opening a baking spice rack; allspice, cinnamon, orange peel, cardamom, clove, nutmeg, etc., etc., some banana, and some toasty and spicy notes. The flavor is similar to begin with the nutmeg, toasted caramel, clove, toffee, but dry earthy, minerally notes dry out the flavor like eating dry spices; a bit hard to get used to for the style. The palate is decent for the beer despite the dryness; less than lively, more than moderate, velvety, and coating. The finish bone dry, still caramelly, dry spices, spicy cinnamon, and a rare lingering bitterness. I don’t know where to begin with this one, totally different from anything you will try in this style, but that is Stone’s thing. The spicing was overwhelming and over the top but only became overbearing by the dryness of the finish. Different and unusual but not Stone’s best work.
halfonit (1150) - Fall River, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 11, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Driftwood. Pours black with a thick caramel head. Aroma is of malts, chocolate, slight smoke, and cloves. Flavor is of malts, cloves, chocolate, yeast, and booziness. Full bodied. Leaves a bitter sweet malt, chocolate, and clove finish. Unique.
thorongil2 (1147) - , Ontario, CANADA - FEB 18, 2013
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
(bottle) very dark brown with a medium tall brown head; aromas of cloves, brown sugar; dry spicy flavour with a long strong bitter finish, excellent
GTAEgeek (1141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summit’s. Dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma is cereals, caramel, cinnamon, and dates. Sweet, with a very dry finish. Medium to heavy body, velvety, grainy, and astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer; thick, dry, and fairly difficult to drink, but tasty nonetheless.