thornecb (5993) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 21, 2011
Pours deep mahogany into a trappist glass. Off-white head quickly recedes to hug rim. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger aromas. Thick with sweet dark caramel, ginger and nutmeg upfront turning warm in the lasting roasted nut finish. b79turner (260) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - DEC 20, 2011
750 mL bottle poured into a tulip glass. Pours a dark brown, almost black with a beige head...about 1/2"...fades away quickly to lacing all around the glass and on top of the beer. Nose is quite intense and hard to place. Spicy, slightly doughy, earthy, oak, malts. Taste is very similar, mouthfeel is thick and rich, contrasted with lively carbonation. This is a very good beer. ABV is noticeable but not overwhelming for 11%. This beer is certainly best enjoyed while sitting around a fire on a cold winter’s night. Another great brew from the Bruery! TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2011
25.4 oz bottle. Dark brown with bubbly beige froth. Nose is raisin, toffee, cinnamon, candied orange peel and nutmeg; fruitcake. Kind of thick, feeling heavy, overwhelming a lively buzz. Taste is dates, gingerbread, raisin and bitter spice getting muddy. Needs some mellowing. keepersj12 (3133) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - DEC 18, 2011
A dark strong ale with just a hint of the Christmas style spices to add a nice aroma and to enhance the flavor. Made to be drunk by a fire next to the tree on a cold Christmas Eve. Dogbrick (13389) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 18, 2011
Sample at Bruery Provisions. This brew pours a dark brown color with a medium light beige head that recedes steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of cinnamon, figs and malt. Full-bodied with a sweetly spiced character including cinnamon and allspice. Sweet malty notes and yeast as well. The finish is malty with a molasses and yeast aftertaste. Above average overall.
bhensonb (15498) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 16, 2011
Capped 750 from The Davis Beer Shoppe in Davis, CA. Good beer store. Pours garnet tinged very dark brown with a creamy bubbly tan head. All the usual xmas spice suspects have been rounded up - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove - over a pretty dark roasted malt. Full bodied. There’s a lot of those suspects in this, and the malt is so very dark and overly roasty. The malt seems to be astringent! I’m even going to add ginger to that list of suspects. Why now? Let’s just say I’m a bit slow sometimes. Now it’s starting to taste like gingerbread. Wonderful stuff. craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Draught at Churchkey. Deep mahogany pour with a small head. Nose holds cinnamon, nutmeg, dark fruit (plum, fig, black forest, cherry) along with gingerbread and black licorice/aniseed. Flavor is drier with some pumpkin notes and increased spice. Hides the alcohol brilliantly on the mouthfeel. Nice effort from the Bruery! burtonbaton930 (103) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 15, 2011
Got a 750ml bottle. Pours a very dark brown with a tan head. Smells of winter spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and has a dark malty aroma. Taste is lightly sweet with notes of mollases, nice roasty and dark malts in the middle, with a hint of Belgian yeast. Finish is very long with a lingering spiciness. Palate was very full bodied... Definitely a slow sipper. Not easy to kill a bottle by your lonesome so split it with friends and family. Delicious brew cheers! Travlr (25535) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 13, 2011
Draft. Very dark maroon brown, brown edge head. Aroma of vanilla, sesame seeds, dark coffee, cocoa. Taste is thick dark silky coffee with light spice and subtle burnt cocoa. Gorgeous mouthfeel. VikingHammer (506) - Lynnfield, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 12, 2011
750 ml poured into my Bruery tulip. Dark brown with red hues. Head is light brown and disappears quickly. No lacing at all. Aromas of raisin, clove, ginger, nutmeg , rye malts , vanilla, molasses and coffee notes. This beer is very complex in flavor. Layers of pepper, rye and a hot alcohol finish. Carbonation is lively and a heavy mouth feel is a nice foundation for this beer. Overall a nice beer. With some age it will be very nice.