cmonster (1000) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 19, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled. Pours dark brown with a short head. Nose and palate is full of spices with a nice roasty backbone. Med plus body, sticky texture, and a roasty bitter finish. Light on belgian elements, heavier on the roast.
fraternie (988) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Maybe the darkest brew of the entire series, stylistically, this is a straight up Imperial Christmas Ale. Malty chocolate body combines with intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice. Well-balanced, creamy and rich, with a nice blast of crisp hops. Burnt caramel and coffee linger, canceling out any sweetness.
BillWyce (984) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: Poured opaque black with a 1-finger tan head. Aroma of cola or caramel, with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some mild clove beneath. Full body, somewhat oily with a dry finish. Flavor of roasted malt and some earthy yeast. The spices lie beneath with a slight burnt note that lightens as it warms.
kbudd19 (984) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle about two years old now. Thick dark black pour with mocha head, looks like a big imperial stout. Aroma is loaded with spices, clove, nutmeg, chocolate and gingerbread. Taste is spices, followed by bitterness, some gingerbread like flavour and some light sweetness with a bitter dry finish, no hint from the booze, mouthfeel and carbonation are medium. Overall it’s an interesting beer perhaps a bit muted from the age but very smooth with no harshness from the spices it’s maybe a bit one dimensional from the spices but overall pretty decent.
smaynard6000 (975) - 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.
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 10, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
dark pour (wasn’t expecting black pour), aroma of spice, pine, hop slight malt. Flavors of lightly bitter, well balanced, medium to full body. Borders a light stout than a Belgian Strong Ale. Excellent brew, complex taste of spices, not as sweet as I thought it would be.
gowdy (966) - Erskine, SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig?s house. Spicy overtones. Not much in the way of head. Very dark as you might expect.
HighWine (959) - Whalezbro, Illinois, USA - DEC 16, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle to Chimay glass. Dark brown, nearly black pour, beige head. Aroma of Christmas spice. Tastes just like a gingerbread cookie. Cinnamon, ginger, clove, and a very pleasant dark roastiness. Enjoyed this one a lot and it was a nice kickoff to our VE tasting.
N3lson1 (951) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 5, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Drank out of a large bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a dark, dark beer with nice beige head. Smells slighly of bourbon, coffee, and chocolate. Has a nice smooth flavor, slightly bitter, a decent beer.
Davhgbrew (948) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 14, 2013
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark black color. Aroma of dark fruit and cocoa. Sips med to full with currant and anise. Middle has Asian food like spice flavor mild carbonation and finishes smooth cola like sweetness. Very nice complex brew.