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RATINGS: 500   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
This rich dark gingerbread stout entices with the aromas of the holidays. The flavor of gingerbread comes alive, beginning with the smooth sweetness and heartiness of dark roasted malts and a touch of wheat. But it’s the intensity and spices of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, & ginger that add a wicked kick for a jolly playful brew full of merry mischief.

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4.4
EtTuCthulhu (1391) - Columbia, Missouri, USA - APR 28, 2013
Batch No. 1 bottle. This stout smells like a baked gingerbread cookie with a little extra cinnamon, and the appearance combines an opaque dark brown color with a medium tan head that dissipates quickly to a thin layer on top of the liquid. The taste is mildly sweet, slightly bitter, but there is a definite mild spice flavor reminiscent of a gingerbread cookie, which mixes ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove; furthermore, the palate fuses a long finish, full body, slick texture, and a soft carbonation, making the flavor the main attraction of this brew.

3.5
Cbuk1013 (255) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - APR 24, 2013
Pours dark brown color with tan foam, smells of cinnamon and roasted nuts, and malt. Gingerbread flavors with stout finish. Fun beer to try.

3.5
annunz123 (967) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - APR 18, 2013
Full disclosure--I like sweet beers more than most on this board and love ginger. Gingerbread aroma is right up my alley and there’s more of the same in the flavor. But there’s a little tinniness in the aftertaste that combined with the alcohol gives a somewhat unpleasant finish. This beer is good, but I’m still a little disappointed.

3.4
BarleyandVine (56) - Stockbridge, Georgia, USA - APR 14, 2013
A rich roasty aroma with supporting spices. The ginger comes through nicely early on the first sip. Subtle sweetness that balances well with the roast and ginger spiciness. A tasty cold rainy night kind of beer. Bravo Sam Adams!

3.8
hopscotch (11236) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - APR 4, 2013
Bottle... A black pour creates a mid-sized, dense, cappuccino-colored head. Good retention. The bouquet presents a malty, spicy medley of deep-roasted barley, caramel, nutmeg, clove, licorice and cinnamon. Full-bodied with a thick, velvety mouthfeel and feathery carbonation. The flavor is a warm hug on a cold winter night - subtle holiday spices, roasted malts, caramel and a whisper of molasses. Balance is nearly perfect and there is no hint of the relatively high abv; zilch. Heart-warming, lightly minerally finish. Nice effort here. Although the ethanol cannot be smelled or tasted, it can certainly be felt.

3.8
jzzbassman (1638) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Bottle tasted at Oxford Tasting Nov 2012. Dark brown pour with a small head. Smells more like allspice than ginger, but wow does it taste like sweetened gingerbread cookies, along with the requisite spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. A bit sweet to drink much of but a tasty take on the style.

3.7
JDBaker11058 (2351) - Maryland, USA - MAR 31, 2013
Appearance: deep mahogany, with two fingers of frothy, creamy dark tan head that lasts a long time. Aroma: definite gingerbread, with clove, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, candied cherries, and molasses. Taste: ginger snaps, molasses, brown sugar, toasted pumpernickel bread, clove, a little peppery spice, a hint of old leather and maybe some cherry pie filling, with a bit of very dark chocolate far underneath. Finish: spicy, slightly sweet, and a little roasty. Notes: This smelled and tasted exactly as I expected, which is a good thing. Definitely not an every day beer, but a fun treat nonetheless.

3.8
Chudwick (3367) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - MAR 26, 2013
Bomber - pours black with brown head and decent lacing. Nose is milk chocolate, ginger and alcohol. Flavor adds coffee, a general spiciness, more alcohol and a solid malt base. Taste is bitter and spicy - an interesting mix. Very boozy. I wonder how this would taste without all of the spices.

3.8
Mittenator (1612) - Michigan, USA - MAR 23, 2013
Draft at Crunchy’s (from backlog). Dark brown pour with clove ginger and allspice aromas. Molasses, ginger, and allspice in the flavor. This beer was named well.

4.1
superspak (6011) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - MAR 16, 2013
22 ounce bottle into snifter; batch 1, bottled in 10/2012. Pours dense pitch black color with a 1 finger dense dark khaki with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of big dark chocolate, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, gingerbread, toast, dark bread, roasted malt, molasses, toffee, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of spices and dark malt notes. Taste of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, dark bread, molasses, floral, and light roasted earthiness. Lingering notes of dark chocolate, toffee, roasted malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, dark bread, toast, clove, molasses, and light roasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice balance of roasted malt flavors with spices with good complexity; with a nice malt/spice balance; and zero cloying flavors present after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a very creamy and fairly slick mouthfeel that is very nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is an excellent spiced imperial stout! Great balance of dark malt and spice flavors with good complexity; and very smooth to sip on. Really enjoyed this one.


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