HeadyDE (426) - Delaware, USA - MAR 22, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 31, 2013 Draft offering at 2SP..dark brown..slight brownish ecru head..aroma of burnt caramel..really excited by the prospects of this..very tasty offering that has that boozy backbone that clearly let’s you know you are drinking a big beer..quite enjoyable..bomber pour last in series..dark clove cinnamon nutmeg slight head..nice..
Howlader (422) - - JAN 30, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle served in a snifter glass. Good belgian style ale. Not quite as good as some of the previous, but good.
Hopped_Silly (418) - California, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour deep black, with thin, quickly dissipating tan head. Spiced, balanced and nearly dry. Layers of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, herbs, and chocolate. Very spiced/herbed dark Belgium ale like, though not sweet. Well balanced. Not a big, powerful beer, though good mouthfeel and focused flavors. 9% alcohol is very well hidden under the spice. My nearest comparison is a friendlier, better spiced version of Green Flash Friendship Brew. The description on the side of the bottle is accurate. Interesting, though unsure I will purchase again.
--- tasted while on a long journey to understand the world around me...
jhgrantjr (416) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 28, 2012
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz bottle. Surprised me with the deep, dark brown pour and the (almost) two finger tan head. Immediately the aroma hit me while pouring the beer: spices. Brought back memories of my wife boiling spices on the stove during the holidays. Wasn’t expecting this strong of an aroma from Stone. Clear smell of cinnamon and brown sugar, but the dominant smell is Allspice. I love that smell, so I really like this aroma. Taste is sweet, but I don’t get a clear flavor. Maybe its the mix of spices. Full body, but the alcohol is well-hidden. I like this offering from Stone. Very unique and appropriate for the December release.
stevencon (398) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - JAN 30, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft and bottle. Black tan head. Aroma of ginger bread. Taste of ginger bread and finishes with an off medicinal flavor. Kind of all over the place. Maybe needs time to settle.
beerdad (397) - Kansas, USA - MAR 7, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottled. pours dark black with a minimal brown head. aromas of cinamon, clove, raisin and butterscotch. moderately bitter, medium sweet with a balance of sourness.medium bodied thick tongue feel, fairly average carbonation, lasting sour bitterness. decent beer, not sure the cinamon was the best choice of spice for this beer.
larryLSB (396) - La Selva Beach, California, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bomber, 12/12/12. Dark brown, with a creamy medium tan head. Spicy nose, all those that make the holidays what they are; sweet, malty. Taste was somewhat sweet, full bodied with a creamy texture. Nice.
BlowOffTube (396) - Michigan, USA - FEB 7, 2013
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Great looking beer, jet black with a nice tan head and decent lacing. Smell of Thanksgiving spice pumpkin pie. Was hoping the taste was there but too much spice in my opinion. Dry and thick with an aftertaste of cinnamon and allspice that overpowers. Not my thing.
natejgood (390) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark, almost black, with a nice coffee colored head. I think there may be a bit of smoke in the aroma - and some molasses. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and honey. A bit sweet and very creamy in the mouth. The head leaves nice lacing on the glass as the beer goes down. This beer may be too sweet for some people, but I think it is pretty taste even though I don’t normally like sweet beers.
zoucrew102 (376) - - JUN 22, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Very spicy aroma with a multitude of spices including nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and being the most notable. Pours black with a thin brown head. Taste is strong dark fruit and finishes with all of the above spices but they all balance very well. Drank in June, but really more of a holiday beer. Good regardless.
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