MaBeer1972 (1506) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 12, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Julios. Pours out jet black with a thick coffee-cream head that fades to a thin lace. super aromatic herbal and spicy aroma. Big and chewy flavors. Goes down very smooth though. Lots of spice, some sweetness, some smoke, some coffee notes. Nice bitterness to balance. Finish is herbal and smoky.
JHeath99 (1503) - Warner Robins, Georgia, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours dark opaque amber with a thin layer of toffee colored head. Aroma of nutmeg and what definitely hints toward Old Bay or some other spice. Taste of spice, earth, and wood.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 30, 2013
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
THOUGHTS: Wonderful and very Christmasy. Tons of spices but they never overpowered the huge malt base. I did not want this one to end. Hid alcohol incredibly well.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured an opaque black with an average, light brown head that mostly, but slowly diminished and left excellent lacing. The aroma had moderate caramel and chocolate syrup; hints of coffee; dark fruit; cinnamon, which maybe the strongest aroma; oranges; holiday spices; dark spice cake; and spiced cookies. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet and lightly bitter with a long duration. There was caramel, chocolate syrup, holiday spices, oranges, dark fruit, dark spiced cake, spice cookies, chocolate and hints of coffee. The full body was creamy with soft but copious carbonation and a dry finish.
Zeswaft (1493) - Charleston, South Carolina, USA - JAN 13, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This is a massive surprise. Pours our thick black and dark tan head. The abundance of spices leap out. Flavors of cinnamon and allspice, balanced handily with rich roasted malts and chocolate, plus a healthy dose of hops. The best way that I could describe this is as an imperial pumpkin/spice stout. Freaking delicious and dangerously drinkable.
pdx77 (1484) - 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.
Sarlacc83 (1480) - Portland, Oregon, USA - AUG 26, 2013
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
22oz bottle. The end.
A: Opaque black with a thin brown head. Sticks to the side of the glass.
N: Orange, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, chili pepper, molasses allspice, and pumpkin. To call this Christmas in a bottle might make it sound better than it is, but it’s apt.
T: Bitter and spicy. Lots of flavor, but they’re not what I’d call good - in fact it’s more of a massive overload.
M: Thick and dry. Medium bodied.
O: This is my least favorite by far. There’s just too much going on here, and it never comes together - it’s the throw everything into the kettle approach which I don’t much like.
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, thanks Brett! Well the gimmick is over, a nice looking beer with lots of deep hues in the color, but the taste is as stone describes it, with a womp of spice, too much spice that muddles together..
kevinator (1475) - 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. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m 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.
trevor211 (1466) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 16, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brouwer’s for 12/12/12. Beautiful black pour, weird gray-brown head. Nose is a burst of baking spices. Lots of cloves, some allspice, cinnamon, and a dash of cayenne (though without heat). Flavor keeps all of them, adding chocolate and brown sugar. This is an overpowering baked good in a glass. Strange, and overdone.
lamas (1466) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 19, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. A deep mahogany pour with a thick and creamy mocha head. The aroma features plenty of allspice, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, orange zest, caramel maltiness, and touches of zesty citrus way off in the background. Medium to full-bodied on the way down. A remarkable taste of fresh gingersnap cookies! Caramel maltiness upfront taste-wise. Molasses. Plenty of cloves and cinnamon follow. Kinda roasty. Touches of chocolate and smoke. The alcohol is well-hidden.