Crispy34 (423) - Texas, USA - DEC 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Draft. The aroma is very spicy. The appearance is black with a thin tan head. The taste is very pumpkin spice. The spice just overtakes this beer, but in a very good way. The palate ends a very mild spice. Overall, a great beer from stone... As always.
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TimsRatings (421) - - APR 22, 2013
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22oz bottle.
Being a fan of stouts and porters, this beer's almost black appearance with dark cream head earned it my first 5 in appearance.
Very subtle aroma that I cannot identify. Slight coffee taste that sits on the back of the tongue, reappearing with every exhale.
Need to try other year's versions.
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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 (418) - 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.
Duhast500 (414) - Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA - AUG 27, 2014
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured from a 22oz. bottle into a Harpoon snifter glass.
The color is a dark black with a finger or two of foamy brownish/tan head that relaxes back into the darkness of this beer.
The smell is a complete surprise. There is a nice belgian chocolate aroma that is top notch. Some great malt flavor in the nose that reminds me of peanut brittle and caramel.
The taste is coffee and dark chocolate throughout and it hits the palate and pushes open the curtains and just walks right in. A big kick toward the end with a bit of a oak flavor that lets the chocolate and coffee bean ride on top.
This beer does kick but it hides the boozy overtones with some well places flavors and a nice warm feel in the back that feels like a warm blanket on a cold night. There is some carbonation that lightens the heavier ABV and and is the glue that seems to hold everything in place.
Brentv (412) - Portland, Oregon, USA - APR 28, 2014
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Huh. I like so many styles of beer, but this one is a disappointment to me. From the bomber, pours an opaque stout black with a beige head and huge amounts of lacing. Aroma is strongly spiced. Taste is rich and complex, with a slightly bitter finish. The spices kill it for me, though, and I won’t be finishing the glass, let alone the bottle. Medium mouthfeel. Nice carbonation. An interesting beer, but one I don’t want to drink.
TomTron (409) - Aiken, South Carolina, USA - DEC 18, 2012
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours coffee black with a thin beige head. Aromas of clove, dark chocolate, allspice, and some coffee in their. Whoa, wasn’t what I was expecting in the taste, in fact it keeps morphing with each sip. One sip will pack a huge spice punch with clove and ginger leading the way, to a coffee ground and dark chocolate finish and the next will to be dominated by chocolate malts, dark fruits and floral hops. Rather odd sensory triggering brew here. Alcohol is masked well and it has a pretty dry finish. Stone never seems to disappoint and even though this is not a beer I can see myself drinking all that often, it is still an exceptionally crafted brew. SLAINTE!!
sjohnny (399) - - DEC 22, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Dried fruit and cinnamon aroma. Very dark almost black with tan head. Lots of lacing. Dates, cinnamon and bitter chocolate. A little bit of pine in the finish.
natejgood (398) - 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.
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.