evanlarkin (307) - Northfield, Minnesota, USA - NOV 24, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured into a Darkness goblet. A black body, mostly opaque with some interesting brown tinges when held up to the light. A light tan head which dissipates quickly. In the aroma, chocolate, nuts, dough, banana, and vanilla are all present. Tastes fairly sweet with a lot of the banana flavor coming through, with a slight saltiness which balances everything very well. It doesn’t feel sticky, but is very full-bodied. Overall, very soft on the tongue, and a pleasant beer for the season.
parrotheadkrm (12) - Gilbert, Arizona, USA - NOV 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
What a great Christmas beer. Dark, almost black, thin lace of head. Spicy beer in both aroma and taste, gingerbread and Christmas spice abound! Great warming mouthfeel!
kegbear (436) - Orange, California, USA - NOV 21, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Deep brown color with tan head. Gingerbread spice dominates the bread and malt flavors. Caramel and dark fruits also present. Quite nice.
beerbastard (631) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 20, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As a strong Bel ale its good, but as a Christmas ale its great. This is loaded with spices, so many I couldn’t begin name them, but they are well balanced. Very roasty and a feast of flavors.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(750ml bottle from Total Wine Tempe). Pours near black with a trim espresso head. Aroma has gingerbread, anise, nutmeg, but also something fruity like dried figs or dates. Taste is sweet with some heavy roast. Full bodied with an sticky texture. Roasty, dry finish. I like the initial flavors, which are pretty heavy on anise, but it fades quickly to roast. The roastyiness is my least favorite part of this beer. Maybe some time will allow it to come together a little better.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 18, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750mL bottle. Pours dark brown with short lived bubbly brown head. Aroma is gingerbread, yeast, other spices; but is otherwise very sweet. The flavor loses a lot of the gingerbread but it is still there; dark fruits, anise, maybe some chocolate. Medium-to-thin bodied with slight carbonation. A great Christmas beer.
dpnyby (3) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2011 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Just as it is billed, a dark belgian with Winter Ale spices. Loaded with malt, dark fruits, and considerably yeasty. A hint of brown sugar and a hint of sour cherries as it warms. Very tasty.
boFNjackson (4007) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 15, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle @ The BeerMongers... Poured dark brown with a thin, light tan head. Well spiced with definitive gingerbread spice rather than straight ginger. Some strong sweetness and malt to balance. Some molasses and peppery yeast spice too. Some alcohol warmth in the finish.
dmac (3701) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 14, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
750 ml bottle shared by Carusso, thanks J. Poured a super dark brown/blackish body with a smaller light beige head. Aroma of spicey chocolate, earth, spruce tips, honey, dark chocolate. Medium bodied with stronger carbonation, and a quick fading aftertaste. Flavor better then the aroma, syrupy chocolate, sweet, dry toast, rye notes, burnt malts. Solid beer.
Tmoney99 (9989) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured hazy dark brown color with a large fizzy brown head that was mostly lasting with excellent lacing. Aroma was as complex heavy spicy nutmeg and yeast. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice bittersweet flavor with a medium to heavy bittersweet finish with medium alcohol bite. Interesting good brew.