gorditoabd (624) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 2, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle from Bev4Less. Not my first. Pours dark impy stout black, with a similar head profile, thin and reddish-brownish. Aroma is strong of spices and citrus rinds. Some dark malt and hop bitterness, but little enough in the nose. The taste is another story. Indeed, after several months this beer has found its balance. Top notch blend of all the flavors from the description. Only a little! clove goes a long way, but this is excellent overall. Solid, slick, oily mouthfeel, while still being dry and manageable.
Peacehammer (622) - California, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
opened on 12-12-12. Thicker black pour than I’d have thought. Nose is all spices, somewhat indistinguishable. Harsh spices cover the palate, and a finishing spicy bitterness. Not the best from this series, but still decent.
EHopper (620) - Minnesota, USA - MAR 5, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok, I don’t seem to like the same as others. Lots of dark vegetable and rutabaga, some holiday spice, dark bitter malt, just not that pleasant to me.
swanmann (614) - Norman, Oklahoma, USA - DEC 21, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Out of the bottle, it pours deep chocolate brown with thin, ashen tan head, fairly viscous and syrupy. The aroma is fantastic; dark fruit, allspice, caramel, and some booze. The flavor is caramelly sweet with a with cinnamon, maybe cherry and great roasty bitter finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy, full and thick. For a huge brew, it’s not too sweet. It’s almost like a sweet stout mixed with an abbey. It would do well with some aging, but if you can’t wait then share it.
Scubatrip (602) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - FEB 10, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
From the bottle, pours like crude oil with a thick foamy tan head. Aroma is reminiscent of a pumpkin ale. Sweet notes of pumpkin pie spice, vanilla, alcohol, sweet malt. Thick and creamy with a roasted maltiness up front, some dark chocolate, some winter ale spices, fading to an earthy maltiness with distinctive alcohol flavors. Finishes lightly bitter with a bite that makes you want another gulp. A very fine beer.
arnold931 (598) - Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Bricks. Pours black with creamy tan head. Nice lacing. Nose is cinnamon and clove. Taste is cinnamon maybe anise and some other spices. Dry aftertaste. Tastes like Christmas.
jflopsu (597) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A dark black pour with thick brown head. Has a sweet aroma of liquorish, cinnamon and nutmeg. A sweet taste full of cinnamon, coffee, chocolate, dark malts, and roasted. Coffee/espresso aftertaste but nothing too strong or bitter.
zimbo (592) - SCOTLAND - MAY 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
black spicy nose. light for what it is. Carb & spice. root beer like with iodine. ok but not celestial.
ThreeCats (588) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black with nice team head, looks like a stout rather than a Belgian strong. Aroma of roast and raisins, heavy caramel, Clove, cinnamon. Taste of heavy spices, cinnamon and Clove, allspice, pumpkin pie.
ADfan (587) - Orange County, California, USA - DEC 23, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown color in the glass with a small head. Aroma of spices and nutmeg and a slight alcohol smell comes from the glass. Taste does have a wallop of spices just like the description. Nutmeg, corriander, pumpkin and a variety of taste hits you and lingers for a long finish.