superspak (5685) - Michigan, USA - JUL 20, 2017 Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - FEB 28, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I probably didn’t let this one "warm" up enough as there isn’t the slightest bit of head on this pour. It is thick though, and it is black. Really heavy-looking. Might be the glass I chose though, because CP’s pour had a nice half-finger of mocha-colored froth on top. This is a really thick and luscious beer. Heavy, slightly oily feel. Good carbonation. A sipper.
The first whiff of this smells exactly like freshly-baked gingerbread cookies. Spot on. They nailed it. Sweet bready aroma, vanilla, creme brulee, faint chocolate. Smells great. This beer starts out sweet for sure, with just a smidge of ginger on the finish. Sometimes when a sweet stout is "imperialized," it can get too sweet and cloying. Not this one. Great balance of sweetness and semi-bitter dark chocolate. Vanilla, sugar cookies, ginger, roasted cocoa. I’m glad I split this bottle, as I wouldn’t think I’d enjoy a full bottle to myself, but as my glass empties, I find myself wishing there was more.
Fantastic beer. I’d like more, and am definitely interested in the Barrel-Aged version now.
750 ml bottle into snifter, no bottle dating. Pours opaque dark brown/black color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense and fluffy dark khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, caramel, cream, honey, brown sugar, molasses, toasted oats, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with great balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malts and spice notes; with big strength. Taste of big milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, caramel, cream, honey, brown sugar, molasses, toasted oats, biscuit, and dark/brown bread; with lighter notes of raisin, plum, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness. Light roast/char and herbal/peppery spice bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of milk chocolate, cocoa, coffee, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove, vanilla, caramel, cream, honey, brown sugar, molasses, toasted oats, biscuit, dark/brown bread, herbal, pepper, and roast/toasted earthiness on the finish for a while. Incredible complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and flavors; with an awesome roasted bitter/sweet and peppery spice balance; with zero acrid/astringent flavors after the finish. Light dryness from bitter/spiciness, lightly increasing through the glass. Medium carbonation and medium-full body; with a very smooth, creamy/silky, and lightly sticky/chalky balanced mouthfeel that is awesome. Minimal warming alcohol for 9.2%; with a touch if increasing ginger heat through the glass. Overall this is a fantastic spiced imperial stout! All around outstanding complexity, robustness, and balance of dark/roast/bready malts and spice flavors; very smooth and dangerously easy to sip on for the big ABV. Pretty much perfectly balanced between stout and spice flavors. Not super roasty/charred for a stout; but adequate to still feel like a stout, and let the spices have a nice showcase. A highly enjoyable offering. Nicke80 (786) - Södertälje, SWEDEN - JUN 11, 2017
UPDATED: JUN 11, 2017 750ml bottle from Ale and Lager kuala lumpur. Pours black with big brown head. Malty cinnamon aroma with coffee, roasted malt, cocoa, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg taste. Creamy with oily mouth feel. yourilevesque (1829) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - APR 30, 2017
Dégustée en compagnie de Christian. Cheers mec! Liquide bien noir avarie de sa mousse.Le liquide coule mollement dans mon verre et semble bien riche. À l’instant où il se trouve dans mon verre, le liquide laisse échapper d’importantes arômes de pain aux bananes, de noix de macadam et de chaudes épices comme on aime en respirer les parfums lorsque grillées sur un poêle à bois de campagne. Je déjeunerais à ça le 25 décembre au matin avant de mettre mes bottes et parcourir la campagne en entonnant Ces Anges Dans Nos Campagnes. Saveurs de lactose, de pain épicé, de pain d’épices. J’avais peur que ce fut trop brutal, mais pas du tout. Texture moelleuse et admirablement réussie, saveurs de lait ainsi que de muscade. Longue et bien soyeuse, un stout que je redoutais à tort. brigg (691) - New York, USA - MAR 10, 2017
(Bottle) Black body with medium brown head. Aroma of gingerbread (molasses, cinnamon). Thick, smooth, creamy body; not much carbonation. Medium sweet, gingerbread flavor (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove); toast, honey, vanilla. Cybercat (5893) - Georgia, USA - MAR 5, 2017
Pours dark chocolate brown with a buff head. Aroma presents ginger, roast malt, mocha and molasses tones. Flavor is like liquid gingerbread but with roast malt and a little coffee, distinctive and very pleasing. Mouthfeel has firm body and peppy fizz. A holiday in your mouth any time of year.
jc1762 (1484) - Washington DC, USA - FEB 12, 2017
Bottle poured into a snifter showing caramel brown rims and pitch black center with sparse latte colored foam.
The nose shows a strong ginger forwardness with hints of cinnamon around the edges.
The palate is light bodied and well carbonated. A light ginger forwardness with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Completely dry with roasted malts becoming apparent on the mid-palate finishing on a roasted malt bitterness with a resurgence of ginger on the finish. markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 20, 2017
Bottle courtesy of jc1762. Cheers, Jon! Pours a stout brown with a tan head. Nose is raw ginger, cocoa, chocolate, earth, and spice. Flavor is a mouthful of raw ginger followed by chocolate, cocoa, and earth. Medium in body and lingering ginger to infinity. 60minuteman (1746) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 11, 2017
Dark pour with tan head poured from draft at TJ’s. Licorice, bread, chocolate aroma. Very sweet stout but balanced with the booze. Not sure if there’s much gingerbread in here but it’s sweet and spicy. Actually, it does taste like a gingerbread cookie. cwill (97) - Parkesburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 31, 2016
Black pour with minimal head. Aromas of cinnamon sugar, ginger, clove and toasted raisin bread. Taste explosions of gingerbread, molasses, espresso sweetness, fig, brown malt, bread, honey, cinnamon, fresh vanilla bean, lactose sugars. Christmas in a bottle. Smooth mouth feel. This beer is good money. If you see it, grab a bottle. Don’t think you will be disappointed. Nice way to bring in 2017. egajdzis (6616) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 27, 2016
Opaque black with a small, tan head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of gingerbread, nutmeg, roast, and dark chocolate. Taste of chocolate, roasted malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, and gingerbread.