MmmcKay (1053) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - DEC 20, 2012
Pour is dark. Basically black. Decent head that is tan with some hints of red. Nose is very spicy. Smells like the holidays. Everything they put in the brew sticks out, especially the cinnamon, clove, and orange peel. Pine cone. Nose is very pleasant and complex. Scares me a bit though. Smells like it will be over spiced. Luckily upon tasting the beer, the roasty malts blend flawlessly with the spices. It is bone dry. Not sweet at all. Very well done for a holiday beer. Great way to end the vertical epic series. Sregnar35 (1033) - Rotterdam, New York, USA - JAN 8, 2013
On tap at the abbey. Pours very dark brown with a small white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is very spicy, like cinnamon and ginger snap cookies, warm and nice.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone fraternie (1030) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 29, 2015
Maybe the darkest brew of the entire series, stylistically, this is a straight up Imperial Christmas Ale. Malty chocolate body combines with intense cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice. Well-balanced, creamy and rich, with a nice blast of crisp hops. Burnt caramel and coffee linger, canceling out any sweetness. camborne (1029) - Hopkins, Minnesota, USA - DEC 24, 2012
Rich spices. Warm and delicious. Aging one and drinking one now. Perfect winter brew. Gorgeous in glass kbudd19 (1022) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 14, 2014
Bottle about two years old now. Thick dark black pour with mocha head, looks like a big imperial stout. Aroma is loaded with spices, clove, nutmeg, chocolate and gingerbread. Taste is spices, followed by bitterness, some gingerbread like flavour and some light sweetness with a bitter dry finish, no hint from the booze, mouthfeel and carbonation are medium. Overall it’s an interesting beer perhaps a bit muted from the age but very smooth with no harshness from the spices it’s maybe a bit one dimensional from the spices but overall pretty decent.
salvaticas (1017) - - AUG 29, 2013
On tap at Ashley's. pours pitch black with decent amount of head. Lightly fresh on the nose. Incredibly strong notes of cinnamon. Tastes like a Christmas ale or something. Warm, nice. Very complex
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone dreadnord (1012) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 3, 2013
Pours thick and black with a thick brown head. The nose is heavy chocolate, anise, pumpkin, and graham crackers. The taste is heavy sweet and heavy bitter with the bitter dominating the end. The texture is creamy yet becomes astringent and dry, the body is medium and the finish is long.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone ThreeCats (1011) - ISRAEL - MAY 3, 2013
Black with nice team head, looks like a stout rather than a Belgian strong. Aroma of roast and raisins, heavy caramel, Clove, cinnamon. Taste of heavy spices, cinnamon and Clove, allspice, pumpkin pie. PapaSkeetSkeet (1011) - Providence, Rhode Island, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Dark brown, black, nice light brown head which fades. Aroma is spiced roast with relatively mild hopping (for a stone.) Flavor is in the same vein. It’s been a couple of days since I’ve had this, but I wanted to report my overall impression of its being fairly weak due to the spicing.