andyhwcinc (1884) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Purchased at Binny’s in Chicago, IL; enjoyed on the last week of the NFL regular season watching the Bears play. Appearance is a thick pitch black with a robust dark tan head that is slightly bubbly. Aroma has a lot going on, notes of chocolate, cinnamon, Belgian ale yeast, flower pedals, ginger, roasted malt, and raisins. Smells outstanding and rich but delicate. Taste goes down nice and smooth and retains the complexity found in the aroma, with the addition of nutmeg. It also packs a punch without being abrasive. Really great brew to round out this great series. tastybeer (1853) - Indiana, USA - DEC 30, 2012
Bottle. Ink black pour, massive tan head, good retention/lace. Aroma is chocolate, fruity esters, cinnamon, clove, spice, roast. Taste is lightly sweet, chocolate, cinnamon, clove, roast. Palate is dry, soft, creamy, spicy finish. Odd beer; enjoyable. Cavie (4718) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from central market. Pours a dark dark brown color with a tan head. Aroma is sweet, syrupy, and sugar. Flavor is super brown sugar, sweet sugar and maple. Finishes dry and Christmas spice. Glad the world didn’t end. cwsample (164) - Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cavie. Dark color with a tan head. Looks and smells amazing. Roasted and delicious. Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle from Cavie. Dark pour with a small tan head. All sorts of baking spice and anger with a touch of booze.
BMan1113VR (7931) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle. Pours with a minute shade off of a black hued body with a nice, retentive medium brown head that leaved good lace. Aromas are of spices, cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, raisins, toasted bread, mild Belgian yeast. Ginger bread, estery, vanilla, mildly floral. Pastries, a touch of chocolate, but no real roast character. Flavors are a bit ashy, wooden, roasty, cigarette butts. Dry, bitter, slightly vegetal and astringent spice (not quite as badly as I’m making it sound). Pretty dry, clove, raisins, dark fruit, leather. Medium allspice and low nutmeg. Earthy. Mildly warming, but the alcohol isn’t at all distracting. Slightly confused and a bit overly spiced. Medium carbonation (high 2.5s), slightly fuller body with a dry finish. Hair6a11 (1481) - Illinois, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bottle; Pour is murky dark brown with a fine bubbled moderate khaki head - retention is average / below average in this glass, with some sticky lacing present. Anyway - the last vertical epic - and it’s fairly interesting, not that it’s my favorite but I haven’t had them all either. The nose is spice dominant : ginger and cinnamon, the orange peel came through later in an obvious and surprising fashion for me. The flavor profile reveals more of the dark malts that the pour revealed, with caramel, cocoa, roast, dark fruits, coupled with the cinnamon, nutmeg, florals, and a hint of soapiness here. This is an interesting brew that finishes a little odd for me. Sickboy282 (1114) - San Diego, California, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Bootle- Poured cold- Pours a deep, deep brown hue with a tan head, that seems to be holding up. Aromas similar to Anchor Christmas ale, pine, spruce, cinnamon, nutmeg... Mouth feel is medium bodied with an initial hit of orange and clove on the palate. A little too much and might be over cloying as it warms. I get a slight sardine flavor from the brew. Not sure if it’s from the cap, but it’s still to young for the effect. Carbonation is very mellow and just as most vintages, this won’t age very well. It’s not well balance. The alcohol is very well hidden for what it is . I’d rather frink Trader Joe’s Vintage ale. craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - DEC 29, 2012
shared bomber. pours black with little head. spice filled nose. med body with more spices, dark malts and a light citrus bitterness. chocolate malt finish with some lingering spice. Wittales (762) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - DEC 29, 2012
Appearance was clear deep brown with creamy tan tiny diminishing head, no lacing. Aromas are spices ie. clove, nutmeg, vanilla, cinamain, sweet roasted chocolate, coffee malts, no alcohol present. Taste are sweet cocao, coffee, toffee malts with candi shinning through. Spices are present like winter brews are, all spice, nutmeg, cin, clove are slightly coming to play.Palate was soft smooth CO2 with meduim-full body, then lasting dryish spicey finish. Like stoutish and winter combine.