abcfan (797) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 3, 2011
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fantastic brew. Pours dark brown with a tan head. Carbonation is very lively. Aroma is ginger and spice. Taste is sweet and dark fruits. Very light finish.
patrickfannon (1242) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Split with Tom and Dave. Courtesy of Tom. Thanks, meh. Pours a dark chicory maroon with a light, wispy tan head. Lacing is ringed out and spotty. Aroma of oatmeal, cream, Belgian candied sugars, slight smoke, Dr. Pepper, and cherry. Tastes like a fudge brownie with dark chocolate and some malty, rootbeer flavors in the finish. Heavy bodied with a thick, robust palate. Tons of chocolate in this. Really nice Christmas ale. Heavy, strong and warming, but without much of the brutality in the taste.
HonkeyBra (3638) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - DEC 2, 2011
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
750 ml bottles. Dark brown pour with a mild tan head. Aroma of xmas cookies, chocolate, caramel. Flavor of sharpie marker, peanut butter, ink. Wood, clove. Strong, off-putting. Big raw sugar note towards the finish. Some liquid tobacco. This basically tastes like there was a glass of liquid electronic cigarette juice. Syrupy mouthfeel with forced spice in the finish. This almost tastes like wort. I’m not sure what else to say about this, but it’s pretty awful.
Cavie (3969) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours a dark brownish red color with a light ring of tan head. Aroma is definite gingerbread, nutmeg and light grassy notes. Caramel sweetness. Flavor is full of spice, nutmeg for sure with a tingle near the back. Finishes sweet and spicy.
shrubber85 (8480) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Cinnamon malt aroma. Dark brown color. Very sweet cinnamon and toffee malt flavor. Moderate alcohol burn in the finish. Not really cloying but is very sweet.
bb (7194) - Alamo, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Mahogony beer with a dark cream colored head. Toffee and yeast aroma. Toffee and spice flavor with yeast and caramel. Medium bodied. Toffee and spice (ginger and earthy kitchen) linger with caramel.
BeerandBlues2 (10496) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap. Pours dark brown to black with a medium-small, fizzy tan head, short retention with fair lacing. Aroma is dark fruits, cinnamon, nutmeg, Belgian yeast phenols, fruity esters, caramel and nutty malt. Flavor is dark malt, caramel, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruits, sweet with a dry and spicy finish. Medium body, warmth, and carbonation.
drpimento (2389) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Served at a good temperature with a decent, smallish, tan, foamy head that slowly settled out and some lace. Color is an opaque black brown. Aroma is malt, plums, prunes, wine, yeast, roast. Flavor’s similar to nose, malty sweet, perfect carbonic tang to balance, ditto bitter. Body is full, round, fully pleasant; perfect carbonation. Finish is like flavor, long, and a bit boozy.
kenwall17 (232) - new york, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A very nice looking dark pour with a thin tan head. The spices are evident, but not overwhelming.
JohnnyJ (4759) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Dark cloudy brown with tan head. Sweet dark sugar, raisin, chocolate, gingerbread, spice (clove and cinnamon), and a little bit of nutiness. Pretty good actually.