MarinEvelyn (655) - Wisconsin, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Slightly smells like a baking muffin. Strong spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove.
Medium body taste, starts off a little sweet, spices, but ends a little more roasty,drier. The spices sweetness lingers in the background though.
skaughty (652) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2013
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Flat black pour. Leeching dryness on the the tongue. Allspice and cloves with some roasted high-cacao chocolate. Hits me with a Cincinnati Cincinnati Chili flavor. Rare combo of a round, malty mouthfeel - with a dry finish.
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ADfan (648) - 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.
ThreeCats (635) - 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.
Padron4KM (633) - 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.
gorditoabd (629) - 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 (624) - 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.
Darwenus (618) - 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.
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.