Ktwse (4822) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - MAR 8, 2013
Pours dark brown to black with low tan head. Aroma of corinthians, cloves, yeast, earth and blood orange. Taste mirrors this with distinct, pungent bitterness and spice / herbal / medicinal undertones. Body is quite light with low carbonation.
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bottled. pours dark black with a minimal brown head. aromas of cinamon, clove, raisin and butterscotch. moderately bitter, medium sweet with a balance of sourness.medium bodied thick tongue feel, fairly average carbonation, lasting sour bitterness. decent beer, not sure the cinamon was the best choice of spice for this beer. yespr (44810) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - MAR 6, 2013
UPDATED: MAR 7, 2013 From tap at The Porter. Pours pitch black with a small chocolate brown head. Aroma is apiced and roasted malty. Chocolate. Bitter and herbal. Dry and spiced. Roasted malty. Lingering nutmeg spicedand herbal. Dry finish. MHOSKINS (83) - Cleveland, Tennessee, USA - MAR 5, 2013
I guess I just don't care for spiced beer. I love most all of Stone's products. This spiced ale was NOT for me.
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Ok, I don’t seem to like the same as others. Lots of dark vegetable and rutabaga, some holiday spice, dark bitter malt, just not that pleasant to me.
mikem409 (2022) - bloomfield, Michigan, USA - MAR 4, 2013
pours dark brown with khaki head. Clove up front on the nose some chocolate. Taste is Christmas chocolate and clove some orange spice blankboy (7662) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 4, 2013
My bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry, GregClow, jercraigs & mabel. Pours a very dark brown, almost black, with a large lasting frothy light-brown head. Sweet aroma of herbs & spices, like gingerbread meets root beer or something. Flavour is malty and quite herbal and spicy . medium bodied. Very good, interesting beer. ryanfolty (2540) - Bourbon County, Minnesota, USA - MAR 3, 2013
March 3, 2013 - bottle from AV. Black pour with lots of head that lasted and lacing. Aroma was cinnamon, ginger, citrus and yeast. Taste starts out a bit sweet, then moves to the spices, gets real dry and finishes with a citrus bitterness and slight alcohol. Medium to full body and relatively smooth. ekstedt (6739) - Göteborg, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
Bottle (bomber), courtesy of gnoff & deft. Murky brown, medium beige head. Medium bodied, soft carbonation. Completely void of anything else than a cloying gingerbread spice mix. gnoff (10226) - Mölndal, SWEDEN - MAR 3, 2013
UPDATED: JAN 9, 2016 First rating
1 pt 6 fl oz bottle from Systembolaget, thanks to deft. Sampled on March 1, 2013.
BB February 2015.
Black color with a tint of red at the bottom of the glass, dark brown head. Very spicy, cardamom, clove, citrus, gingerbread scent. Spicy, ginger, clove taste. Smooth mouthfeel, low bitterness. Cardamom aftertaste.
Loads of spices, feels like a Christmas beer to me, I like it!
Bottle 1 pt 6 fl oz thanks to Ingo! On January 8, 2016.
BB feb 2015.
Black color, very dark brown head, minute lacings. Chocolate, raisin, spicy, cookies scent, alcohol as well. Bitter (like floral stems), alcohol, some raisin, bitter cocoa/dark chocolate taste, also spicy. Burnt, roasted, spicy aftertaste. Warming alcohol. Medium to slight fizzy mouthfeel, medium bitterness. Lots of X-mas spices as well.
Enjoyed this more fresh for sure, leaving score from first rating.