DYCSoccer17 (3226) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 ounce bottle purchased from Nugget in West Sacramento. The aroma on this is bizarre. I get some significant lime in the nose. I also get a little bit of a chile peppery aroma, too. Floral notes are also there, with a slight, underlying roasty and chocolate maltiness. Bizarre aroma. Gorgeous beer. Opaque black body with a large, creamy, brown head. Good retention. Starts super sweet and milky, with a ton of chocolate creamy flavors in the middle. Quite sweet, and sticky, full body in the middle. Finishes with a dash of chile pepper flavor, and light spiciness. Light floral flavors come through late. This is a really thick, sweet, decadent beer. Unfortunately, it is a bit all over the place, and not overly enjoyable
hopdog (8530) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Had this during a full 020202 - 121212 vertical. Poured a black color with an off white head. Dark fruits, spices, ginger, citrus, and fruity.
BeerandBlues2 (9094) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours opaque black with a large, frothy and pillowy tan head, long retention with excellent lacing. Aroma is clove, star anise, nutmeg, and cinnamon spices with chocolate and roast malt with light licorice notes. Flavor is heavy spices with moderate dark malt and fruity esters, light hops and medium bitterness with a sweet finish. Medium body and carbonation.
jeremyh70 (586) - Missouri, USA - MAR 16, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark brown with garnet highlights, a nice sized and very persistent tan head with good lacing. Aroma of the spices like allspice, ginger and cnnamon with some almost charred malt. Taste follows nose with the spices and malt and adds some cocoa and molasses. Finishes with some roastiness and lingering spices and drier than expected. Mouthfeel is medium/full with moderate/high carbonation. I think letting this age for over a year was a good idea. May have allowed the flavors to meld better.
Dfonorow (1214) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 22, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Tribes Alehouse. Pour is black with a medium sized khaki head. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and roast. Flavor is tangy and sweet with notes of citrus, belgian yeast, spice, roast, and dark fruit. Finish and aftertaste is cinnamon sticks and gingerbread.
ModeEngage (143) - Lowell, Massachusetts, USA - APR 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber. Pours opaque coffee with thin off white head. Smells of gingerbread, maple, vanilla, and wood. Drinks smoothly with mild lingering bitterness. Medium bodied. Tastes of gingerbread, chocolate malt, maple, and slight wood.
Steasy66 (804) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nearly black with medium brown head. Somewhat malty but muted nose. Flavor is a bit rough, some roast, some esters, a little smokey, but doesnt blend all that well.
tcane7 (1576) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 17, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at Stone. Pours deep brown, near black, some tan head. Spices, orange peel. Pretty booy.
BOLTZ7555 (2706) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Final chapter...thank God. Truly amazing concept, just not incredibly executed. This one tries too hard to be interesting. Obsidian pour with a khaki head. Lots of spice...lots. Ginger, evergreen, cinnamon, clove, menthol, chocolate, mint, brownie, citrus, and yeast. Does that seem overwhelming? If not, I can add a few more adjectives. Muddled, busy, aggressive. This might have been solid if one of the first in the series. Time would have tamed. To close it out, not so much. Love the brewery, I really do. Unfortunately, this is a miss.
GTAEgeek (1062) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 28, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Summit’s. Dark brown with a small, beige head. The aroma is cereals, caramel, cinnamon, and dates. Sweet, with a very dry finish. Medium to heavy body, velvety, grainy, and astringent. Overall, this is an interesting beer; thick, dry, and fairly difficult to drink, but tasty nonetheless.