RATINGS: 285   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.23/5   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
A dark mohogany, medium-bodied porter. Chewy dark malt flavors have a big spicy overlay of fresh baked gingerbread men.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2005
Ive seen this one for some time now, but never bothered to pick up a bottle. I finally started to feel sorry for the bottles sitting untouched on the shelf, and picked one up. Attractive deep brown, nice head, good lacing. Aroma was of ginger, cinammon, and nutmeg, like gingerbread, or many of the pumpkin ales out there. Flavor is comprised of the same elements. Liquid pumpkin pie or gingerbread, take your pick. Dont really feel like Im drinking a beer. Not my thing. Better if you gulp so it doesnt hit your tongue. Must admit there isnt actually anything wrong with this beer, but I cant imagine ever drinking more than one bottle of this. In a lifetime.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
IslandHaole (1249) - Misawa, JAPAN - AUG 20, 2005
Looks damned near like a glass of Cola, clear Ruby/Brown with a small beige head. Gingerbread yes, spicy Nutmeg, Allspice and a touch of roastyness as if it just came out of the oven. Taste is a let down after the aroma, mild spice on a weak malt profile with a thin body. Nothing really jumps out to be noticed. Subtle for a Holiday beer and just too odd for daily drinking, this doesnt really have a niche other than as an oddity. Id like to try it again during the holiday season with non-beer geek friends just to gauge their reaction.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2005
I thought this sounded interesting, until, that is, I recalled I didnt even care much for gingerbread when I was a kid oh, so long ago. It pours a clear, light mahogany body, lightly carbonated, with an unimpressive light tan head. The gingerbread ingredients are all there in the aroma - ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. In the flavor, they pretty well blanket all malt-related tastes. The finish, too, feels like youve just eaten a cookie. All in all, this comes across like any of a number of real imaginative "Christmas Ales," meaning fill it with allspice flavors.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - JUL 12, 2005
Well, sure enough... it smells of gingerbread! Pours into a cola-esque, brownish-amber. Rather thin looking, but healthy for the style. Head is very thick, long-lasting, and tan-khaki colored. Extraordinary lacing... the head is seemingly undiminishing. Aroma is fresh baked gingerbread along with pumpkin spices, cloves and nutmeg. Reminds me a lot of the Dogfish head "Punkn Ale". Mouthfeel is thin, really too thin.Taste is heavy malt with no hops, just the tingle and sizzle of the many spices. Dark cherries and a little cocoa can be found on the palate, but the end result is wateriness. Aftertaste is just some malty sweetness, like what taste is left over after consuming cheap syrup on a pancake. Could use some thickening in both consistency and palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (6166) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - JUN 13, 2005
Bottle. Mahogany with a small tan head. Nose is very much like fresh gingerbread. Lots of ginger, spices, sweet bread, and some pumpkin pie. Taste is ginger, light cocoa, spices, roasted malts, light nuttiness and fresh cookies. Body is a tad bit thin. Light carbonation feel. Finish is spicy and sweet with light cocoa, ginger, cinnamon, spices, roasty malts and soem cookie-ish notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
argo0 (14010) - Washington DC, USA - JUN 11, 2005
(22oz bottle) Small beige head atop a clear dark red-brown body. Aroma is medium sweet, ginger bread and nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet, ginger, roasty, caramel, some nutty, light nutmeg. Watery light-medium body.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
lamas (1630) - Washington DC, USA - APR 15, 2005
22 oz. bottle. Pours a light mahogany with smallish light-tan head. If this is a porter then its the lightest-looking one Ive ever seen. Smells like a fresh gingerbread man. Aroma is of GINGERBREAD, nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon and roasty malts. Flavor is much subtler than I wouldve thought based on aroma. Medium to thin bodied. Solidly smooth and malty with the lightest touch of hops at the end. A bit of ginger and cinnamon are present in taste. Ive had a few other organic beers and the flavor was just...off. I wonder if this wouldve tasted better if it wasnt organic. Taste is still very good though. Excellent winter holiday beer. Cool label.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
hershiser2 (2792) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - APR 8, 2005
22-oz bottle. Medium brown with a small head. Smells like pumpkin pie! Lots of sweet sices, including a smack of ginger in the nose. Flavor is also pumpkin-pie like. Lightly gingerer- not overbearing. Tasty.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
BckDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - FEB 2, 2005
Dark tawny colored with a retentive dark tan head, lots of nice lacing. The nose is doughy and sweet with gingerbread and allspice. The flavor has a bit of roasty and smokey qualities with an overbearing ginger taste that smoothly floats down the palate. Very smooth and chewy drinking beer, good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Krausen (102) - USA - JAN 30, 2005
One of my favorite winter beers this year (2004). Subtle spicing and nice malty-ness make this one a winner. It does not have the strong clove that Anchor has or the club-you-over-the-head spice levels that Anderson Valley has. Great balance.

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