keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Batch #1, 2012 release.BMMillsy (1788) - Florida, USA - NOV 21, 2012
Appearance: This is a beautiful looking stout with a pitch black body and medium sized creamy brown head, it dissipates somewhat quickly, but leaves a frothy coating.
Aroma: If this were labeled as a pumpkin beer I don’t think anyone would notice. That’s nothing against the beer, but more a shot at how pumpkin beers are dominated by spices. This has nutmeg, ginger, and some cinnamon on the nose with some alcohol upon swirling with hints of cocoa and roasted malts.
Taste: The taste is much better than the aroma, with a lot more balance. The intro has a blend of spices, but rather subdued with cocoa and a roasted malt backing, all blended together well. The spices and roasted malts linger a bit, mostly a little cinnamon tingle.
Palate: Medium to thick bodied with a full texture, light carbonation.
Overall: This is a good take on the style and I think it’s worth trying. I don’t love this, but it’s a nice beer to split for the holidays.
Ratings: Ar: 6, Ap: 5, Ta: 7, Pa: 4, Ov: 14
Glass: Carton Teku.
Appearance: Pitch black body with a tall, dense and long lasting mocha colored head.
Aroma: Ginger and vanilla jump to mind with a dash of cinnamon. The spices are prominent, but not overpowering. The base beer is hidden though, showing light malt sweetness with a dash of roast.
Taste: The malt base shows off more here, giving a light presence of chocolate syrup with a hint of creamer and accompanied by light spices of ginger, cinnamon and a hint of clove. The beer is nicely balanced and very drinkable.
Palate: Creamy bodied with light carbonation.
Overall: This is a very solid holiday themed stout. I’m not sure that there’s much different from a pumpkin inspired stout but this is a nicely done one.
Ratings: Ar: 7, Ap: 5, Ta: 7, Pa: 5, Ov: 14
Pours dark with little head. Smells like heavy ginger and cinnamon. Mouthfeel more like a porter with heavy ginger-nutmeg-cinnamon. Flavors hit what theyre going for. Tastes like X-mas. Not bad.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone degbert (1773) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2012
Bottle. (Firsties.) Pours a rich, oily brown-black with a high, tight-grained head. Nose is molasses, spice, and dried fruit -- it’s a beer that smells like a fruitcake. (And I mean a good fruitcake, not that thing your Aunt Harriet keeps giving people every year.) At the front of the mouth, it’s dry and spicy, but the sweetness opens up into what I can only call molasses-drenched espresso. On the finish, notes of vanilla and brown sugar open up, and there is a return of that same dryness. Very nice and well balanced. mike5326 (1754) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 17, 2014 Poured from a bottle. Dark brown color, small tan head. Ginger bread aroma. Thick body with a bitter malt and gingerbread flavor with a bitter finish.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone tnkw01 (1753) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - JAN 24, 2014
Bottle. Deep brown almost black. Nice big, brown foamy head that quickly disappears. Aroma is gingerbread. Taste is also gingerbread sweet. Almost too sweet. Very light notes of chocolate and cinnamon.
rmussman (1701) - California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
I really like this brew. Part of a Costco sampler. Well flavored and goes down warm and toasty. Nice brew. Great winter brew. Barreras (1689) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - DEC 11, 2014
Pours a deep brown color with a distinct ginger spice aroma. Taste is a rich malr flavor with a sweet gingerbread cookie flavor. Roasted malt is evident and a good mix with the mild gingerbread and cinnamon flavor. Beerathon (1683) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 24, 2014
My boys picked this to let out for Santa this year. Nice choice, it’s a good holiday stout. The gingerbread flavors truly come through. Deep brownish black in color with creamy cocoa colored head. Drink up Santa! chucklemation (1681) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
Pours a dark brown with a foamy tan head. Ginger and cloves are the dominate aromas. The head and body of the beer are largely ginger, while the finish turns to clove, cinnamon, and a hint of nutmeg. A very impressive (and delicious) spiced beer. JPDurden24 (1675) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - DEC 3, 2012
From the bottle. Black pour, creamy tan head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is cinnamon, ginger and some other spices along with a little roast and chocolate. Good stuff!