DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Poured into a snifter.
4.0 A: Black color. Two fingers of frothy/creamy tan head. Retention is good and a half inch ring of lacing is left.
3.0 S: Roasty and chocolate maltiness. The spices are there, but are lacking in strength. Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove. It’s not bad, but it doesn’t please the way this type of beer should.
3.25 T: Like the nose, it’s not bad, but it’s underwhelming and no better than average. Chocolate, brown sugar, molasses, and a hefty roastiness. Spices are again underwhelming.
3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lightly creamy and super smooth.
3.25 D: Not bad, but for a $7-8 bomber, I expect a better product.
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DavoleBomb, Dec 25, 2013 raymow (1865) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2016
bottled - super dark brown color. Sweet flavor. Very nice sweet gingerbread aroma. A good Xmas beer. wxman (1865) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2012
Pours very dark opaque brown with a full and lasting tan head. aroma is roaste malt and ginger. Taste is a mouthcoating sweet roasted maltiness with the ginger evident, but the clove comes through more strongly. There is also elements of cocoa and coffee. I agree with a previous rater that this is more porterlike than stout. Alcohol is well hidden. Very good, but not out-of-the-box exceptional. oobawa (1859) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 4, 2017
2015 bottle. Killer nose, like a liquid gingerbread cookie just oozed into your glass, full of spice yet with strong mocha stout undercurrents. Pours a thick brown-black with a modest beige head and very little lace. Taste comes across appreciably restrained, the spicing apparent but not overwhelming on the palate. Instead, loads of anise and bakers chocolate are on the forefront, while the spices wait until the fade to make their presence fully known. A bit thin and cola-ish on the back end, with a growing sweetness that gets a bit medicinal as the pint warms. Still, not bad as far as gingerbread stouts go, and the ABV is well-hidden. GranvilleTim (1857) - Granville, Illinois, USA - NOV 19, 2012
Black pour with a brown head. Aroma is dominated by the spices- ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg. Roasted malt is in the back. Taste is very nice- ginger is dominant but well balnced by the other spices and the roasted malt. A very festive tasty stout. Bah humbug to the holidays, thumbs up to this beer.
tnkw01 (1854) - 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. beertholomeus (1814) - California, USA - DEC 29, 2014
Pours black with a tan head. Chocolate, spice, roasted malt and bready aroma. Chocolate, ginger, licorice, cinnamon, clove, biscuit and roasted malt flavors. Full body and moderate carbonation. Chocolate, clove and nutmeg finish. LtDan (1808) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - FEB 9, 2014
Appearance: Pours a very dark brown with a tan head that subsides to nothing.
keanex (1799) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - DEC 22, 2012
Aroma: Sweet chewy gingerbread, molasses, mild roast.
Taste: Gingerbread/ginger snap cookie, dark roast, mild Euro hops. Alcohol level is well hidden.
Mouthfeel: Full bodied, but not thick by any means. Very active carbonation, making it seem spicy.
Overall: A very festive, tasty beer. The spices are spot on without being overpowering or overbearing. My only critique would be it needs more of a “stout body” to it. I say that because when I think of gingerbread, I think of thick and chewy. Drank closer to what I’d consider a porter.
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Batch #1, 2012 release.chucklemation (1796) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - APR 20, 2014
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 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.