baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - JAN 10, 2003
Spicy/yeasty aroma with a touch of roast. Nutmeg, bread dough, cinnamon, cloves. Sweet with a roast finish. Spice flavors are nicely balanced. mikeyj80 (22) - USA - JAN 8, 2003
Smells and looks good, but I really wasn’t a big fan of the taste, a bit too overpowering for me, i would recommend any of the other stouts before this one, though if you do like spiced beers, your opinion will certainly be differnt than mine. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2003
UPDATED: FEB 9, 2003 Very interesting I must say...starts off predominantly full of nutmeg or coriander (the ginger?), but the smokey roasted flavor of the barley forces it's way to the forefront of the palate rounding out the beer quite nicely. This was surprisingly successful for a spiced beer - the combo with the malt/Kalamazoo trademark was nice. HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 3, 2003
Big time pepermint nose with a hint of chocolate. The palate is rich and sweet. The finish is cool and refreshing. Unusual, but good. Chocolate mint beer. daboskabouter (1470) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 2, 2003
Dark brown color, brown head. Dominant ginger, vegetal, light chocolate nose. Sweet malt, roast, vegetal, plenty of ginger, long bitter hoppy finish. I’m not big on the ginger so this doesn’t work well for me, but I can see how some people might like it.
aracauna (3610) - Georgia, USA - JAN 1, 2003
Very strong roasted, very much like espresso. The spicing isn’t too much, noticable but not overwhelming. Appearance is good except the head is a tiny bit fizzy. Not up to par with the Expedition or the Kalamazoo stout, but not bad. MikeF (538) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Spicing is just right. Rich chocolate and roasted flavors. MrRomero (1976) - Nolanville, USA - DEC 26, 2002
Chocolatey aroma, very dark brown. Brown head. Lightly spiced with ginger. Finishes dry but goes down well. I like it. Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - DEC 22, 2002
Interesting -- far less spicy, or differently handled, then Anchor 2002 Special. I like it...it has a nice spicy dryness, burning wood in a fireplace. Typical hefty Bell’s body and roasty touches. Gingery is right, DaSilk. Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 16, 2002
The spiciest stout I’ve had to date. Smells of nutmeg or something like it. Leaves the mouth tingling. Alcohol apparent. Good brew.