obguthr (6592) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - NOV 28, 2012
Gingerbread, cinnamon nose, some char notes. Coal black, thick lacy brown head. Full bodied, alcohol noticeable. Char initially, weak gingerbread at midpalate, licorice and charcoal finish. Strong without nuance. polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Aroma has notes of sweet chocolate malts, ginger, cinnamon and holiday spice. Black hue with an average medium tan head that left great lace. Flavor is very sweet and medium bitter. Palate is full bodied and watery soft. Overall this is very enjoyable and lived up to being a Christmas brew. Would drink again the closer we get to the holidays. dfinney23 (3395) - Houston, Texas, USA - NOV 27, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Aroma and taste of gingerbread and caramel without being overly sweet. Unfortunately, unlike with cookies, you can’t bite the head off a gingerbread beer. This year’s seems a little smoky. Can you toast gingerbread? RamyG4 (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Bottle. Pours black with a medium brown head. Aroma is loaded with spice; ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg. Lots of caramel, a good amount of alcohol as well. Taste is very sweet, some coffee and more spice. Medium body, soft carbonation, silky texture. Pretty good. radagast83 (8301) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Poured a dark brown, almost black color with a medium sized tan head. Aroma was spiced gingerbread notes, touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Some lightly burnt malts. Some earthy hop character came out in this one as well. In a pinch this one is a decent holiday brew, though the Hardywood one we had just prior to this one was hard to beat.
MercyDevice (365) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 27, 2012
The body is very dark brown, almost black. Rich and robust, with many spice notes (I detected cinnamon and ginger). Some light hop bite. screigh (756) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Pours a deep black color. Large brown head lats with lots of lacing. Aroma is sweet and super ginger. Taste is super ginger. Kind of a slick oatmeal mouthfeel. Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 27, 2012
Serving: Bottle. It pours a dark brown color with a creamy tan head. The nose reminds me of a combination of gingerbread and root beer. The flavor is on the sweet side with notes of ginger, cinnamon, spice bread, and light brown malt notes. It comes across as more of a brown ale than a stout to me. Medium bodied with a lasting finish. This one didn’t do much for me. Huhzubendah (3736) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Shared by radagast83. Thanks Chris!
The beer is dark brown with a small tan head. The aroma of spice, sweet, sugary malts, light chocolate. The flavor is ok. A bit cloying and certainly best in small quantities. Not in the same league as the Hardywood Gingerbread Stout we had just prior. Medium bodied with relatively low carbonation. Alcohol presence not as well disguised as it could be. Overall, this was middle of the road.
beerbastard (844) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2012
Pours Black with Tan head that holds on to the sides. Bursting with aromas of gingerbread, clove, and nutmeg. Tastes same spices with some roasted malts, little smoke. Sweet. All of these flavors loiter on my palate into the finish. Fun Chirstmas beer, especially fun to share with friends not into craft beer.