craftycarl21 (2295) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught at Churchkey. Deep mahogany pour with a small head. Nose holds cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit (plum, fig, black forest, cherry) along with gingerbread and black licorice/aniseed. Flavor is drier with some pumpkin notes and increased spice. Hides the alcohol brilliantly on the mouthfeel. Nice effort from the Bruery!
burtonbaton930 (101) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Got a 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of winter spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and has a dark malty aroma. Taste is lightly sweet with notes of mollases, nice roasty and dark malts in the middle, with a hint of Belgian yeast. Finish is very long with a lingering spiciness. Palate was very full bodied... Definitely a slow sipper. Not easy to kill a bottle by your lonesome so split it with friends and family. Delicious brew cheers!
Travlr (15641) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 13, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Very dark maroon brown, brown edge head. Aroma of vanilla, sesame seeds, dark coffee, cocoa. Taste is thick dark silky coffee with light spice and subtle burnt cocoa. Gorgeous mouthfeel.
VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml poured into my Bruery tulip. Dark brown with red hues. Head is light brown and disappears quickly. No lacing at all. Aromas of raisin, clove, ginger, nutmeg , rye malts , vanilla, molasses and coffee notes. This beer is very complex in flavor. Layers of pepper, rye and a hot alcohol finish. Carbonation is lively and a heavy mouth feel is a nice foundation for this beer. Overall a nice beer. With some age it will be very nice.
italianjohn (2476) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep red/brown pour thin beige/tan head ... aroma of nutmeg, clove, earthy with some dark overripe fruits and some candi syrup .... lots of nutmeg in that aroma .... taste is of nutmeg, ginger, dark fruity yeast, caramel malts, candi syrup, clovey and earthy .... finish is dry and spicy .... abv is hidden till a warming that flows in the finish as well .... haven’t really been a fan of this series
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 On tap at blokes and birds... Pours a deep silky practically cola black pour with some light allowed to pass through at its edges. A thin wispy film of light beige head dissipates leaving a ring around the side... Anise big on the nose with lighter notes of ginger. Sweet and overly spiced
up it seems... Flavors have a dark fruit, toffee, and well accented with spice. A light bitter earthiness surfaces late adding a touch of dryness. Softer bodied with slighty active carbonation. Not as fond of this years rendition when compared to previous.
Rando7 (776) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle pours very dark purplish brown with brief thin tan head. Aroma dark fruits, ginger, clove with some soy sauce creeping in. Taste figs, dark fruits, molasses, ginger, bread, clove, anise, seems like several other spices. Finish a touch bitter with a little anise. Palate slightly carbonated and full. Alcohol slightly apparent.
Very complex beer but just doesn’t work for me. If they’re going for a gingerbread taste just a little bit of sweetness just a little bit of sweetness would have helped.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Small draft on tap at Haymarket (Chicago, IL). Excellent. Pours a rich blackish brown hue, dark but glowing copper reddish edges on the bottom and edges. A frothy tannish head that laces small. Aromas are touches of cinnamon and spice, vanilla and ginger. Some gentle cocoa, spices, caramel and spices. Decent sweetness is rich with a dominant spice, not overpowering, but good. Initial is cinnamon and ginger, touches of nutmeg and vanilla, some red fruit. Toffee and caramel, faint toastiness, but fairly sweet and spicy up front. Middle is a touch bland, some mellow sweetness as the spices grow on the palate. Mellow sweetness, gentle vanilla and ginger, spice. Some sufficient sweetness, not too dry or bitter, instead a mellow sweetness and faint dryness, aided by spices into the finish. A one trick pony Christmas beer that could be aided by some gentle hops or cranberry jumps out in my mind. Overall. Sufficient. A decent dryness and red fruit grow into the fold, hides it’s ABV quite well. Caramel, ginger, vanilla, dulche. Nice.
beerbill (3565) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a moderate, fizzy brown head that just about made it to the second sip and left no lace. Very pleasant aroma of malt, cinnamon, and a touch of molasses. The flavor is malt, caramel, cinnamon, and molasses. Very mild alcohol warmth at the finish. Nice holiday ale.
emacgee (4367) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours an almost still dark burnt copper with 1-2 fingers of burnt tan head. Nose shows a lot of delicate ephemeral spices, sweet anise with notes of fig and prune and caramel. Interesting, similar to the this years Anchor OSA. Sweet spices dominate the flavor with some alcoholic notes. Raisins and fig in the flavor. Medium body and warming alcohol.