brokensail (10641) - Orange County, California, USA - MAR 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Pours a very dark brown color with a finger of off-white/tan head.
S: Fairly chocolatey on the nose with plenty of roasted malts and a bit of licorice, mild raisin notes as well. Maybe a hint of peat/smoke. Definitely a spice note to it, perhaps some cinnamon.
T: Things are very much the same on the palate. A touch of smoke, cinnamon, and dark chocolate. Roasted malt and a touch of coffee. There isn’t all that much fruit to it like there was on the nose, but there is a bit of leather to it.
M: Medium in body with a moderate carbonation and a smooth feel on the tongue.
O: Nothing really stood out about this beer. It wasn’t bad, but it didn’t really have any flavors that I felt were all that great.
Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A deep dark stout with a thin moka head. Very pleasant aroma of ginger and sweet chocolate. In mouth, crisp dry chocolate with light ginger, a bit of harsh tannins, but overall interesting little number. Rich and intense. On tap at RFD, Jan. 6 2009.
hopdog (8796) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle shared courtesy of egadzis. Poured a dark black color with brown edges and a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of ginger, cinnamon, chocolate, roasty, molasses, and caramel. Tastes of chocolate, the same spices, molassess, lighter roast, caramel, and lighter coffee.
JorisPPattyn (7814) - Antwerpen, BELGIUM - DEC 9, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours viscously to black beer with dark brown-beige, medium & collapsing head. Lightly spicy, lightly bready nose, not unlike a German Doppelbock; walnuts, ink, dark & sweet chocolate. Very neutral main taste, ending on dry-spicy and woody finish. Taste is much drier than a Doppelbock would be. Surprisingly little trace of molasses, and the cinnamon is not very present neither - aka good balance. Aftertaste reverts to chocolate. Well-bodied, slick, but giving a thinner impression. Some alcohol. Nice, not overloaded (with spice) holiday ale. Big thanks to Mike K!
DocLock (7731) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Capone’s sampled over X-mas 2008. Pours very deep brown with 2-finger brown head. Nose is weizenbocky, with malt, banana, spice, nutmeg, molasses, cacao powder. Complex aroma. Tastes dark malty, spicy, with nutmeg, x-mas spices, hints of molasses, brown sugar, and mild rauchy notes. This one is all over the place, and evolves over time. The finish is fruity, with fig, blackberry, and more spices. Good, but I like to call this one the Tasmanian Devil of beers.
sebletitje (6594) - Enghien, BELGIUM - MAR 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to tpd975 for opening this one.
Pours dark brown, light tan head.
Aroma of ginger and cinnamon spices, plenty of roasted goodness.
Flavors, hints of coffee, roasted malts blend nicely with the ginger and cinnamon profile and a touch of chocolate in the finish. I think these spices complement the stout perfectly not overpowering the roasted aspect.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a light brown head. Smells spicy and sweet. Tastes spicy and sweet with some roasty hints on the finish.
douglas88 (5837) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 28, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle thanks to footbalm. Pours out a black color with a pretty thick light brown head. A very interesting nose, lots of spices, some bananas/cloves, light roasted notes. The taste is like a spiced up stout, very creamy, spicy, some chocolates, caramel, and a strong ginger component. Very nice and interesting. Like a dessert.
egajdzis (5274) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a dark mahogany, nearly opaque color with a medium sized, tan head taht left light lacing on the glass. Aroma of roast, ginger, bakers chocolate, and caramel malts. Taste of roast, cinnamon, chocolate, and ginger, with a dry, lightly spicy finish.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of chocolate, coffee, roasted malts, spices, ginger, and slight caramel. Poured dark brown in color with a medium-sized, dense, brown head that diminished but lasted throughout. Opaque. Sparkling. Good lacing. Flavor is complex, lightly sweet and lightly bitter. Tastes of chocolate, roasted malts, coffee, light caramel, spices, ginger, cinnamon, light smoke, wood, and gummy worms. Light to medium body. Thin, oily texture. Soft to average carbonation. Malty, chocolate, woody finish.