DankbrewedDank (162) - East Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 19, 2002
This was a ginger stout monster. Strong taste of ginger with a hint of nutmeg. This would be a perfect pairing for orintal foods. Not good to have a whole sixer of this though. Get a single. hotbod47 (26) - flint, Michigan, USA - NOV 15, 2002
for a spiced stout this one is pretty good. however i think that there is far too much spice at the begining of the flavour. the palate is very complex. there is a sweet spiciness followed by a smokey or roasted flavour. the colour is nice but head retention was poor and left little to no lacing. i would say it is middle of the road for thickness(an important characteristic of stouts). jsquire (4514) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 12, 2002
This is very thick out of the bottle, very dark with only a whisp of a brown head around the edges of the glass. The nose is of chocolate malt and sweet coffee. It reminded me of the smell of a fresh box of Super Sugar Crisp cereal, back when it still had sugar as part of its name. Sweet malt profile and the spices are almost hot in this beer. Lots of pepper and ginger with hints of nutmeg and cinimon in the background. This is a departure for stouts, but the flavors are working for me. And you can feel the alcohol. It sure feels like Christmas beer to me. Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - NOV 9, 2002
when i first bought this the label looked like a brewery that was on a tight budget so i didn’t exspect much.I was wrong this is some damn good beer,high in the spice range not meant for the light hearted good balance mid range after taste definately not one that is for nocking back all day proc (342) - Dearborn, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2002
There are definetely spices in this one. What an interesting stout. While not something I want to drink all the time, this was an awakening in stouts for me. Think of it as going out for dinner and getting Thai instead of Chinese food. More spice, more taste.
MrDick (381) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 2, 2002
This stout poured dark with no head. Aroma of chocolate with spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger. Mellow taste lacking the taste of a "big" stout. Much more taste as it warms and blooms. beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Dark black color, small head. Chocolaty aroma. Dark roasted malts. Subtly spiced, with nutmeg and ginger. Earthy and slightly oaky. Full bodied. Good flavor. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is smooth. Aftertaste is slightly bitter. Nice beer. joet (2646) - Wilsonville, Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2002
Slightly tart, strange in a stout, spices are subdued but present and complementary, tannic an very roasty, slight nutmeg, ginger, drinkable gentle and beautiful, blooms very warm. remarkable. raindog (560) - Evansville, Indiana, USA - AUG 19, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 20, 2003 '01Nov.Black with no light to be seen.Rocky,khaki,lacey,and aromatic head.Cinnamon,nutmeg,roastiness and maple are just the start of this complex aroma.Palate could be a bit thicker.Sweet malts and spices are all over the mouth.Great finish is dry and bittersweet.Also a little spicy alcohol to the finish.Hop presence is still there also.This is still excellent.Even after almost a year of improper storage on a shelf at a liquor store.Tough Stout!!!Unique. Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - AUG 15, 2002
When I first tried Sam Adams now defunct Old Fizziwig, I discovered the marvel of spiced beer. I am glad that geniuses at Bell’s applied this knowledge to one of their fabled stout line-up. Smooth ... the roasted barley seems minimal to create little malt bitterness. A gentle touch of spices ... ginger, cardamom, cinnamon? Serve this cold, but delight in the warming process. A new beer for Thanksgiving pre-Turkey extravaganza! Should take the edge off of watching the Lions lose this year.