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The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout) - Spring House Brewing Company

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The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout)The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout)

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86
very good

120 Ratings
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Ratings: 120
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 15
Gots: 6 | FT: 4
Brewed by:
Spring House Brewing Company visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Stout |  8.30% ABV

Availability: Winter

Notes/Commercial Description:
Rich, creamy stout with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

(Beer added by: orangesol on 10-12-2013)
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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
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acurtis

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

10-21-2013 19:53:21 | More by acurtis
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

11-22-2013 03:16:11 | More by Knapp85
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oline73

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-22-2013 05:52:24 | More by oline73
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

12-23-2013 17:43:13 | More by mendvicdog
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

11-03-2013 21:30:26 | More by yourefragile
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stakem

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Thanks Kirb for sharing this growler with me. Pours black in color with 3 fingers of brown creamy head. A full wall lace sticks to the glass. Overall, the brew looks solid.

The aroma is surprisingly different from what I expected. It opens with a big juniper character like pine, menthol and herbs. Some hops and roast/nutmeg/cinnamon evolve with coffee and baker's chocolate towards the back.

The taste is bitter roast with an additional hop bitterness tasting like pine. Some spice like juniper is also present with an earthy char and tobacco flavor with bitter baker's cocoa and coffee. This kinda tastes like a christmas wreath candle smells...

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a modest amount of carbonation. It fit's the bill for nearly every other stout base that Spring House makes, meaning it is pleasantly over-roasty, bitter and thin. I think the whole "egg nog" portion of this is lost. Instead of being egg nog inspired, its more like christmas wreath with heavy pine character. Worth a try to say you had it but I would most likely pass on having this again.

Serving type: growler

02-10-2014 15:10:01 | More by stakem
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-01-2013 16:36:46 | More by orangesol
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

12-23-2013 03:28:08 | More by duceswild
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-23-2013 04:43:09 | More by xnicknj
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-03-2013 01:37:25 | More by ShanePB
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Duff27

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

12-27-2013 01:41:20 | More by Duff27
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Lare453

Florida

4/5  rDev +5%

12-26-2013 02:50:59 | More by Lare453
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TheBeerAlmanac

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +5%

02-03-2014 18:56:54 | More by TheBeerAlmanac
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ColForbinBC

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-30-2013 19:32:49 | More by ColForbinBC
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

12-14-2013 02:19:20 | More by IPAchris
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ShemRahBoo

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

12-27-2013 18:51:28 | More by ShemRahBoo
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BMart

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +5%

05-30-2014 19:30:15 | More by BMart
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +5%

12-28-2013 22:11:04 | More by DrinkSlurm
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IdrinkGas

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-24-2013 05:14:38 | More by IdrinkGas
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BeerForMuscle

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-28-2013 03:10:48 | More by BeerForMuscle
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millerbuffoon

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-22-2013 03:29:27 | More by millerbuffoon
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st9647v3

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +5%

12-14-2013 02:11:10 | More by st9647v3
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jbaker67

Pennsylvania

3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours deep brown/black with a medium mocha head. Aroma has notes of cinnamon, creme brulee, and vanilla...could definitely pass for egg nog! Flavor is roasty/burnt with cinnamon, bitter dark chocolate, and creme brulee notes. Mouthfeel is light/medium and the finish is roasty cinnamon and dark chocolate.

Serving type: growler

11-10-2013 05:11:18 | More by jbaker67
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bigfnjoe

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

11-05-2013 01:29:39 | More by bigfnjoe
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The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout) from Spring House Brewing Company
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