BeerSkull (1374) - 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!
OmegaX (1372) - Florida, USA - MAR 24, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This is the first VE beer I’ve had. As soon as I popped the top on this brew, I could smell cinnamon wafting out of the bottle. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove are all very discernible as well as some Belgian yeast. Pour is black with a thin tan head. Looks like a serious impy stout. Taste is raw spices all over with some faint hints at a lightly fruity dubbel. Not bad. I’d love to age one so the spices didn’t seem so raw and in your face. Might be good with some pumpkin pie or a Thanksgiving meal.
CheersMate (1339) - Portland (Sellhood), Oregon, USA - DEC 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Was reminiscent of a pumpkin porter to me. It had a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. Poured much darker than expected; nearly black in appearance. Aroma was strong cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and a little yeast. The texture wace nice. It had its "Belgian" moments, but it didn’t remind me of a abbey style beer in any way; hence the use of the "-ish", but still.....This was a decent brew, but they’re calling it a Belgian Strong Ale? I guess using Belgian-ish yeast, qualifies this as being a Belgian-ish beer. The spices were definitely dominant, and had their moments.Overally, pretty good, but a bit of a twist to the ending of this series (and thank God for that).
gripweed57 (1329) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - JAN 6, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 ounce bottle. Opague black color topped by a small creamy tan head. Spicy roasted malt aroma hints at yeasty dried fruit. Bittersweet roasted malt flavor with notes of cinnamon, allspice, burnt caramel and dried fruit. Noticeable resiny hops in finish. Very nice.
Joakgust (1321) - 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.
ryecatcher (1320) - Bridgeport, Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Sat on this one for about a year, seemed an apt way to close out 2013. Pours a stouty brown black, medium tan head, so so retention and lacing. Nose is like a Christmas pudding: molasses, dried fruits, and pie spice, with some malt and cocoa. Mouth is medium bodied, semisweet, roasty and spices up front, then it’s like liquid gingerbread. Style says Belgian, and so does the bottle, but this tastes and feels more like a stout or porter with holiday flavors. Whatever it is categorized as though, it’s decent. An early Happy New Year to all!
chucklemation (1319) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a bomber with a jet black color and a very healthy foamy tan head. Has a huge combination of smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, banana. Taste is also highly complex, with cinnamon and ginger and medium bitterness in the finish. Has a full body, smooth mouthfeel. This is the best pumpkin beer I’ve had that’s not really a pumpkin beer. Among my favorite spiced ales, just a close second behind Unibroue’s La Terrible.
brystmar (1314) - 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.
halfonit (1313) - 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.
Chipalsa (1310) - Florida, USA - MAR 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz Bomber - thanks Jordan
Appearance - Motor oil, tan lacing
Aroma -Toast, Belgian yeast, cinnamon
Taste - Cinnamon, nutmeg, yeast, hops
Thanks Jordan for the share. This beer was spicy... full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Just great although I would see the need for aging.