The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout) - Spring House Brewing Company
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Reviews by JerzDevl2000:
3.96/5 rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Split this with my cousin yesterday for Christmas, having heard about this brewery but having never tried this before. I found the idea of this interesting and after having this beer, my intrigue was fully satisfied. While I've had Stouts that were much better than this, the alcohol was well recessed and the egg nog just present enough that this turned out to be unlike anything that I ever had before. In a crowded world of craft beer, those are great traits to rave about!
The pour to this was as to be expected - dark, a bit thin, and with a fairly frothy tan head. Not a lot of lacing to be seen either but the thinness of this beer was the reason behind that. A good amount of egg nog in the nose, which was present in the taste as well. There was quite a bit of vanilla extract behind that, as well as gingerbread and milk chocolate. A good amount of carbonation led to a nice mouthfeel that allowed for the sweetness to fade relatively easily. A hint of brown sugar was present here and although some reviewers thought this was like a creme brulee, this wasn't quite that strong.
However, this certainly was drinkable. The alcohol was mild for a Stout and hardly detectable as I made my way through this. A bit of cinnamon of lactose might have put this over the top but as is, this was a great way to celebrate the holiday. In a season full of beers of this style, this didn't stand above many of those but certainly stood out from them. A must-try for anyone looking for something enjoyable, easygoing, and dark.
Serving type: bottle
12-26-2013 09:27:18 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.71/5 rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Putting a bizarre twist on the holiday cheer, the typical notions of sugarplums dancing in our heads, stockings were hung with care, and rose with a clatter is replaced by, "Welp, there goes Santa. The martians got 'em!" At least we have an eggnog stout to help us through.
As "The Martians Kidnap Santa" pours, its stout-like underpinnings are noticed right off. Dark brown, the beer appears black through the center but casts dark bronze low lights about its edges. As a patient rise of foam caps the beer, its retention is creamy though it lasts only half the session, leaving minimal lace on the glass as it falls.
Bold stout aromas fill the nose with the typical roasted character of coffee, cocoa and burnt toast; yet there's something different lurking behind. A highly nutmeg-rich scent comes forth and brings with it whiffs of cinnamon, allspice and light clove. A cream-scented undertow seems of vanilla, suntan lotion and pina colada.
Then on the palate, the taste buds are allured by the vanilla, creamy, nutmeg and cinnamon- rounding out the dream of eggnog. But there's a stout underneath it all and it won't be denied. Dark roast coffee, bitter chocolate, roasted nuts and charred toast all play into its robust taste. Burnt toffee provides the malty foundation for all those flavors and grounds them well, even as the ale fades into a semi-sweet finish with a moderate bitterness that seems to come from burnt pine.
Sweet and creamy to the tactile sensations, the beer's lush start is sweet and silky, but as the carbonation is expelled, its residual sweetness lingers in sticky fashion even as the ale's alcohol warmth rises and brings out those eggnog-type spices.
Certainly not an everyday beer, its seasonal showing is very much welcome. The influence of nutmeg is quite evident to its taste as it doesn't go overboard in trying to achieve such artificial flavor. Oddly, most sips and I taste a spicy stout, but every now and then a random sip will strike the palate as overt eggnog- surprising, yet odd.
Serving type: bottle
02-21-2014 05:16:55 | More by BEERchitect
The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout) from Spring House Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 123 ratings.