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RATINGS: 510   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 its 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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4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2013
Pours dark and black with a thin but dense brown head. Nose is definitely gingerbread, but one could say pumpkin pie as you can get cinnamon, cloves, ginger, molasses and some hints of chocolate. The taste is sweet, but not over the top as one would think from the nose, the bitterness balance is great and come through a lot on the end. The mouthfeel is silky smooth, creamy, heavy and has a long finish. Nice treat.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4872) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - JAN 20, 2013
22 ounce bottle - $6.99 at Bullocks Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a very dark brown body with a thickish, tan-hued head of foam.

Smell: Roasty, dark malts with notes of bitterish chocolate, dark caramel, a little toast, a hint of fruit, and good showing of the spice blend.

Taste: A start of solid maltiness of toast mingled amongst the roastiness. Dark chocolate squares, spiced caramel. Moderate sweetness. Scant fruitiness. A pinch of standard sugar with the spice character. MMGS features each component nicely, without me quickly tiring of the spices. The roastiness pulls back a bit to let the spices close out the smooth, creamy finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation, a bit soft. Smooth mouthfeel overall.

Overall: Well-integrated alcohol and the spice character was pleasant without being over-the-top. I thought it was better than I had expected.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Chuckaduck (674) - Highland Heights, Kentucky, USA - JAN 20, 2013
Pours the deepest brown-black (looks like motor oil) with a very bubbly, fast-diminishing brown head. Aroma is ginger, cinnamon, cloves, vanilla, fruit, brown sugar. Holy wow. Taste is a flavor explosion; licorice, ginger, mint, cloves, some sweetness, and a bitter chocolate finish. Spotty lacing. Medium-high carbonation. This was really interesting. I am so glad I found some bottles of this. Im going to call this a success. Its flavorful, its drinkable, its pretty strong. I like it.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
sthlm (1289) - Duluth, Minnesota, USA - JAN 19, 2013
[Bottle] Pours very dark brown with a nice brown head. Aroma lives up to the description, with lots of spice (nutmeg, clove--I actually would have guessed allspice as well if not for the description). Very mild ginger. Taste is quite nice, and markedly improves with warming. Spice integrated very nicely. Hit of alcohol early, then becomes well restrained. Medium-thin mouthfeel, smooth, very dry, long finish. Overall, a very nice spiced beer.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
HeadyDE (781) - Delaware, USA - JAN 18, 2013
Bottle offering into snifter..pretty black color..1.5 finger head after aggressive pour..brownish head..gingerbread aroma is spot on and better than expected..clove..nutmeg are secondary..intriguing smelling beer..reminiscent of some pumpkin offerings as they share similar profiles..mouthfeel is ok..alcohol is well hidden..suprisingly so..palate is smooth, but on the end finish is a bit watery and flimsy..ok..gimmick beer..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nittanyjim (112) - - JAN 18, 2013
Pours black as night with a tan head. Some lacing w/ decent carbonation. Aroma is sweet like cola with clove-like spices. Taste starts with spice, mixing with sweet malt and just the slightest bit of bitterness. Fades with spices (ginger and cinnamon?). Mildly chewy mouthfeel. A solid beer, but I dont really pick up on much in the way of a gingerbread flavor.

3.9
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DuffMan (9912) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JAN 17, 2013
On tap @ Public House in Vegas. Dark brown stout appearance. Aroma is equally sweetly spicy and smokey-- quite surprising. Surprising malty depth to the palate: dark chocolate, roast, and a meaty smokey Bamberg-esque character all support a balanced amount of Christmas spices (nutmeg, clove, ginger). Moderate bitter finish ends things nicely. Surprisingly excellent!

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
marv3mania (185) - Lansing, Michigan, USA - JAN 17, 2013
Bottle. Pours almost black with thick brown head that dissipates quickly with minimal lacing. Aroma is sweet, like cola with vanilla. Flavor is similar, with subtle coffee undertones. Not much in the way of gingerbread. Reminds me of flat cola. Thick, creamy feel. An okay beer, not sure Id drink it again.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Crash (532) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Poured a dark brown almost black with thick tall head and lots of lacing. I would say this is the sweetest stout I have had to date; the wife even liked it!

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
n00bface (137) - Minneapolis, USA - JAN 16, 2013
Bottle from South Lyndale Liquors (Minneapolis, Minnesota)
Aroma: Chocolate, caramel, molasses, and cinnamon.
Appearance: An almost-black maroon color with a large tan head.
Taste: Medium sweetness, and a bit salty.
Palate: Full bodied, creamy texture, average carbonation, with a slightly bitter finish.
A good spiced beer, but the aromas and the taste unfortunately did not conjure any images of gingerbread in my mind.


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