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.
Padron4KM (611) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz bottle on 12/12/12.
Very dark brown, with a tight tan head.
Aroma is loaded with spices, allspice and clove dominate, but cinnamon and ginger, black pepper, and maybe nutmeg are there too. In addition to the spice there are wisps of chocolate and coffee. On aroma alone I’m thinking this is going to be a nice winter warmer.
Spice also dominates the flavor, clove up front, with some cinnamon and allspice layered underneath. Molasses shows up as it warms, but never gets too sweet. Finish is dry.
9% abv only shows up as a gentle warming in the belly.
Stone saved the best for last.
Scubatrip (605) - 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.
bubblehouse (603) - louisville, Kentucky, USA - NOV 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
One of the best aromas on a beer. Not my favorite tasting with a bit of a funky after taste.
Darwenus (592) - Virginia, USA - JAN 5, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours deep brown, like a porter, with a foamy, tan head. The aroma is spices and sweet vanilla, and the flavor is really big. Strong holiday type spices and fruit and ginger, there’s a fruitcake like quality and a finish with strong cloves and cinnamon. Another outstanding Stone beer.
dhunter151 (590) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - APR 8, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours black with a thin tan head. Intense aroma of spices. Clove, All spice, cinnamon. It is a little too intense for my liking. It's like drinking a scented candle.
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bigbish (582) - California, USA - MAR 11, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep black with a thick tan head. Lots of roasted notes with a dry finish. Nice amount of bitterness, not too much. Well balanced. Very nice beer.
Tinco (581) - Linköping, SWEDEN - DEC 23, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Black had a small mocha head. Aroma is christmas spices, cinnamon banana. Taste is cinnamon, chocolate, gingerbread. All in all pretty good!
GMUcrew7 (576) - Mason, Ohio, USA - DEC 12, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Wow! Super dark pour, looks almost like a stout with a slick tan head. Wonderful spiced aroma, cinnamon, cloves and some dark fruit. Flavor is even better, a great balance of the spices and sweet malty goodness. This is a fucking tasty beer.
odinstyr (573) - Howell, New Jersey, USA - MAR 17, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a dark brown with a thick tan head. Smells of tropical fruit, chocolate, caramel. Taste is sweet, mildly bitter - chocolate, banana, mango.