Oscbert (1128) - Sacramento, California, USA - JAN 12, 2013
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
~Strong aroma of clove, licorice, pepper and ginger. Reminds me of the holidays. Love the smell, but not getting any malt or hops.
~Pours pitch black with small brown bubbly head.
~Strong clove flavor with same spices that were found in aroma along with cinnamon. Spices are overwhelming and make this hard to drink.
~medium full bodied with medium CO2, lingering bitter clove finish.
~The spices are too much on this. Loved the aroma, but my palate was assaulted by a spice cabinet. Needs sweetness for balance or less spices. Bummer. I was really looking forward to this.
dbarnold (1126) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - FEB 7, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Belgian Christmas ale from Stone anyone? Big body, fruity, sweet, slight roast, and a big sweet, dry finish. Good stuff, does not need to age, CONSUME!
Sickboy282 (1115) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bootle- Poured cold- Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a tan head, that seems to be holding up. Aromas similar to Anchor Christmas ale, pine, spruce, cinnamon, nutmeg... Mouth feel is medium bodied with an initial hit of orange and clove on the palate. A little too much and might be over cloying as it warms. I get a slight sardine flavor from the brew. Not sure if it’s from the cap, but it’s still to young for the effect. Carbonation is very mellow and just as most vintages, this won’t age very well. It’s not well balance. The alcohol is very well hidden for what it is . I’d rather frink Trader Joe’s Vintage ale.
CamdenD (1113) - Madrid, SPAIN - DEC 27, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Really nice beer. Strong and unique yet terribly drinkable for its strength. Works like a dubbel with some added spice. Pours black and beautiful.
dresden (1106) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Near black with a tan head. Aroma is spices -cinnamon, nutmeg, coriander, and chocolate. Taste of Belgian candy sugar, spices as above, and ash? Hmm interesting and alcohol very well hidden.
dpjuart (1093) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from GE at Logan Twp. Pours black with brown, 1 finger head, dissipating to a thin film. Smells of ginger snaps, completely dominating, some mild chocolate. Smooth raisin and chocolate flavor with ginger and anise. Pretty damn good.
Joakgust (1091) - Stockholm, SWEDEN - JUL 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Opaque black beer with a large beige head. Aroma is malty with notes of cloves, caramel spices and cola. Flavor is malty with notes of cloves, dried fruit and caramel. High potential, although at this point it isn’t really quite finished maturing.
beachbum25 (1085) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - JAN 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Specific Gravity, Salisbury Md-Dark blackish pour w/a moderate tan head. Spiced/pine aroma. Dark belgian flavor w/a lot of spice, Ginger, allspice, some pine tar/pitch, & cloves. Smooth & easy to drink, alcohol was well hidden. Long spicy finish, a good ending for this series!
Jayb0 (1081) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I’m going to have to get some more of these and tuck them away. Because this was great from the gate. Deep, dark, roasted deliciousness. Both sturdy and silky. Great sharp hops balanced with creamy malts and just enough spicing.
Nocturne (1074) - 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.