italianjohn (3225) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 12, 2011
Deep red/brown pour thin beige/tan head ... aroma of nutmeg, clove, earthy with some dark overripe fruits and some candi syrup .... lots of nutmeg in that aroma .... taste is of nutmeg, ginger, dark fruity yeast, caramel malts, candi syrup, clovey and earthy .... finish is dry and spicy .... abv is hidden till a warming that flows in the finish as well .... haven’t really been a fan of this series pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2011 On tap at blokes and birds... Pours a deep silky practically cola black pour with some light allowed to pass through at its edges. A thin wispy film of light beige head dissipates leaving a ring around the side... Anise big on the nose with lighter notes of ginger. Sweet and overly spiced
up it seems... Flavors have a dark fruit, toffee, and well accented with spice. A light bitter earthiness surfaces late adding a touch of dryness. Softer bodied with slighty active carbonation. Not as fond of this years rendition when compared to previous. Rando7 (779) - Iowa, USA - DEC 11, 2011
Bottle pours very dark purplish brown with brief thin tan head. Aroma dark fruits, ginger, clove with some soy sauce creeping in. Taste figs, dark fruits, molasses, ginger, bread, clove, anise, seems like several other spices. Finish a touch bitter with a little anise. Palate slightly carbonated and full. Alcohol slightly apparent.TheAlum (7164) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Very complex beer but just doesn’t work for me. If they’re going for a gingerbread taste just a little bit of sweetness just a little bit of sweetness would have helped.
Small draft on tap at Haymarket (Chicago, IL). Excellent. Pours a rich blackish brown hue, dark but glowing copper reddish edges on the bottom and edges. A frothy tannish head that laces small. Aromas are touches of cinnamon and spice, vanilla and ginger. Some gentle cocoa, spices, caramel and spices. Decent sweetness is rich with a dominant spice, not overpowering, but good. Initial is cinnamon and ginger, touches of nutmeg and vanilla, some red fruit. Toffee and caramel, faint toastiness, but fairly sweet and spicy up front. Middle is a touch bland, some mellow sweetness as the spices grow on the palate. Mellow sweetness, gentle vanilla and ginger, spice. Some sufficient sweetness, not too dry or bitter, instead a mellow sweetness and faint dryness, aided by spices into the finish. A one trick pony Christmas beer that could be aided by some gentle hops or cranberry jumps out in my mind. Overall. Sufficient. A decent dryness and red fruit grow into the fold, hides it’s ABV quite well. Caramel, ginger, vanilla, dulche. Nice. beerbill (3619) - Laurel, New York, USA - DEC 10, 2011
750 ml bottle. Pours a dark brown with a moderate, fizzy brown head that just about made it to the second sip and left no lace. Very pleasant aroma of malt, cinnamon, and a touch of molasses. The flavor is malt, caramel, cinnamon, and molasses. Very mild alcohol warmth at the finish. Nice holiday ale.
emacgee (4704) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours an almost still dark burnt copper with 1-2 fingers of burnt tan head. Nose shows a lot of delicate ephemeral spices, sweet anise with notes of fig and prune and caramel. Interesting, similar to the this years Anchor OSA. Sweet spices dominate the flavor with some alcoholic notes. Raisins and fig in the flavor. Medium body and warming alcohol. smboselli (150) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2011
Pours black with off-white head. Rich, smooth, and an explosion of flavor. Anise flavor is the standout above all.
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3oz tasting at Davis Beer Shoppe. Aroma is nutmeg and some all spice. Look is nice and dark, no lacing, no head. Carb is limited to "just enough" and has a caramel/molasses aspect. Very good and flavorful.
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Bottle. Pours dark brown with a medium beige head. Aroma and flavor of dark fruits, dark malts and spices (cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg). Alcohol is well hidden and the finish is smooth but spicy. Aarond (150) - Wilmington, North Carolina, USA - DEC 9, 2011
Pours a deep dark brown with a khaki head that fades rather quickly. Aroma is dark fruit, oak, belgian yeast. Taste is similar with dark fruit, cinnamon, and ginger. Body is nice and rich. Warm aftertaste.