greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - FEB 15, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Holy spice bomb....seriously...spice bomb. Pours a thick black tar with a sticky brown head. Not sure how I feel about this, tons of flavor such as cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, etc. Nice belly burn. Sort of a nice holiday or fall beer. Still good, but not really into spices in my brew.
abcfan (848) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a red tinge and no head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and dark fruit. Full bodies and smooth. Taste is primarily cinnamon and spice, finishes very dry.
bp (836) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 27, 2013
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: pours dark black with a frothy tan head, aroma is sweet with some spices, taste is spiced with some chocolate flavor as well but not too sweet, very dry finish.
HughConway (830) - Washington, USA - DEC 26, 2012
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber bottle. Pours dark black, thick tan head. Aroma of allspice and nutmeg and cloves, taste is spice and finish is spicy. Tasty beer.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - SEP 17, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve never reviewed one of these VE ales before, so as luck would have it, my good friend picked up a bottle and agreed to share it with me. Portion of a 22 oz bottle into a Duvel tulip. From two day old notes.
A: Pours a very dark brown color. The head is a creamy one-finger khaki shade. The general appearance is almost stout-like.
S: Stone really didn’t dick around with the spices, did they? There is insane cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg on the nose. The eye-watering spiciness evokes Harpoon’s (overspiced) Winter Warmer in a way. Still, I’d love more of the base beer to come through.
T: The aroma didn’t deceive me, this is spiced to fuck and back. It opens with a heavy-handed explosion of cinnamon, ginger, clove, and nutmeg. After a while, it fades into a long dark fruit finish (plums, mainly). Touches of roasted nuts also appear. Complexity is good, but unfortunately it’s complex in a messy, imbalanced way.
M: This one has a pretty thick body. A shame it had to follow the devastatingly drinkable La Terrible, because this one just seemed indolent and flabby in comparison. Still, alcohol is decently concealed.
O: This brew is meh not because it’s boring and lacking pizzazz, but because it’s pizzazz is haphazard and unfocused. That, and Christmas in July kind of sucks.
RickTStiles (826) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours black with a thick lasting brown head with plenty of lacing. Huge bready sweet aroma. Creamy mouthfeel. Taste is pumpkin, citrus, nuts and bananas. Finish is Light but rich.
rader58 (825) - Leawood, Kansas, USA - FEB 14, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
sample at Waldo Pizza. Pours jet black with brown head. Aroma of spicy, chocolate, nutmeg, clove, dried cherry, cinnamon. Flavor is clove, roasty, peat, port wine. Quite Spicy.
smaynard6000 (822) - Apopka, Florida, USA - DEC 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours pitch black with frothy and creamy brown head. Aroma is full of spices; cinnamon, clove, and ginger are all well represented. Reminded me a lot of spicy autumn pumpkin beers, a lot of clove in the finish. I don’t think I’ve ever tasted anything quite like this, truly unique. Well done.
thetmaxx (817) - West Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Poured in to my Stone glass. Wow, not what I expected. Aroma is cinnamon and ginger. Colour is dark, nice head. Flavor also showcases the cinnamon/ginger. There are some dark malts. Finishes thick and sticky sweet. Overall I would have thought this was a DFH brew, and its pretty good.
kdm1984 (814) - Missouri, USA - JAN 13, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark with very sizable head and ample lacing that last for a decent amount of time. Aroma: cinnamon, cayenne, clove, orange peel, Hot Tamales candy. Very spicy and hot for sure, especially for the first few minutes. Mellows somewhat as it sits in the glass, becoming more malty and fruity. Taste - similarly spicy with dark roasty chocolate character in the background and finish. Very dry, as advertised. Certainly more interesting than last year’s Epic. This is quite unlike any other beer I’ve tried, and I mean that in a mostly good way.