burgy (455) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured thick and black very little head. Aroma was lots of spices, nutmeg & cinnamon mainly. Taste was of a dark ale with spices. Thick palate. Overall, not my favorite of the verticals but it fits the series well.
CpyNPrnT (454) - Indiana, USA - JUN 30, 2014
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Wow. Aroma is nutmeg and clove. Taste is nutmeg, clove, licorice, nice balance of sweetness from malt and even hop bitterness. Alcohol is nice and warming. A great beer.!
leah2974 (453) - Georgia, USA - JAN 15, 2013
4.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Black color with tab head. Sweet orange and big spices--nutmeg, cinnamon. Pine needle hops. Warm and cozy.
larryLSB (451) - 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.
Brentv (450) - 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.
caralkaline87 (435) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 6, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Am I the only person who thinks this tastes like a steak marinade? Pours near black, no head, almost no nose. Flavor is herbal with a little spice and reminds me of A-1 Steak sauce. The hell, Stone? Are you too good to make an abbey ale like a good abbey?
Crispy34 (430) - 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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jhgrantjr (429) - 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.
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...