BeerKurve (361) - - FEB 19, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Dark Brown with a brown head; excellent lacing retention. Very rich smell of caramel, pumpkin pie, spice, plums, and malts. Taste is rich taste of spices, caramel, plums, piney hops and spruce; Aftertaste is a bit resiny. Body is fairly light and the carbonation is very mild and adds quite a bit to the flavor. Probably one of the best beers I’ve had from Stone yet, and one of the best strong ales I’ve ever had
jgentgesdo (659) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - MAR 22, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaque dark brown with a thick brown head that lasts perfectly and laces. When I say opaque I mean that you can’t see through it in sunlight. Nose is apricot, apple, pumpkinspice, oranges. Quite sweet, no bitterness, full mouthfeel, nearly perfect.
Braudog (5376) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - MAY 4, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Bottle. Pours like a deep, dark secret ... brooding and black/red and totally opaque, with a full-up head of heavy, pock-marked foam. The aroma is meaty and aggressive, and carries over a foot from the glass to my nasal passages, hinting at some rough clove and maybe a wee bit whiskey. The drink is an adventure, a gritty and slightly dirty quaff, the almost Christmas-y blend of spices taking the predominate roll. Nice way to finish off this series. (Beer #5,000!!, 5/4/2013)
cancerhawk (22) - - JUN 2, 2013
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Very flavorful and full bodied beer. Sweet sipping ale with plenty of spiced flavor. Me likey.
ellolovey (407) - Georgia, USA - JAN 12, 2013
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Growler from Cumming Growler Shop. Pours a dark brown with a tan frothy head. Nice sticky lacing. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and allspice. Taste is loaded with spices. Cinnamon nutmeg and clove dominate. Full-bodied with a nice velvety mouth-feel. Sticky sweet with a slightly bitter dry finish. Another awesome brew from Stone!
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stt0229 (6) - - FEB 15, 2013 does not count
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Definitely one of my favorites of the series. Great front end and after notes are not overpowering. Smooth and flavorful.
kevinator (563) - The Colony, Texas, USA - FEB 23, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 19/20
Man, was this a surprise and was it awesome. The aroma was spices all the way. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, cloves. I’m not sure what rose hips taste like, but I’m sure that was there too. Unexpected really dark color with minimal ring of a head. Average weight for the palate. Taste was much of the same with there being a slight Belgian influence. This gets high marks for being unique and the fact that all these flavors work. Great way to finish the series.
adamhorror (71) - USA - MAY 6, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours black like a stout but not as thick body-wise. Not much head, I didn't pour too vigorously to create a large head. Aroma is spicy, similar to gingerbread but not as strong as hops cut through. Taste is spicy, very Christmas ale-ish. Reminds me of Sam Adams Merry Mischief with less flavor. Palate is hoppy, cinnamon, ginger, not very watery but a tad thin for its appearance.
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Frozer (78) - Illinois, USA - JUN 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spices galore! Huge bouquet of spice aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a hint of black licorice. Drank in the middle of summer but would be more fitting for winter. Appearance is black with dark thick head. Very Malty. Very light hops in the background. A one of a kind brew!
maneliquor (2294) - Perth, AUSTRALIA - DEC 11, 2013
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: DEC 12, 2013 Tap at BD Shepherds Bush. Pours very dark brown with a firm tan head leaving great lacing. Nose is full of spices focusing on cinnamon and cardamon. Very earthy with a hint of squash and rosemary. Balanced though. Taste is a perfect balance between milk chocolate and cinnamon. Absolutely spot on. Spices never over power and roast is always in check. Really well made beer. Love it