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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

170 Ratings
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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 14
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 27
Gots: 16 | FT: 3
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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3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

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3.78/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours pitch black with just a hint of fudge around the edge; a modest tan head fritters away rather quickly; spotty lacing

Smell: Smells of nog but not egg and by that I mean that the spices are there - nutmeg, cinnamon, etc., but it doesn't waft egg nog; underneath, there are roast and coffee tones

Taste: The spices jut forward and what I missed in the aroma appears in the tastebuds - the egg nog; underneath, the roasty stout flavors build; after the swallow, the chocolate takes over and there is some burnt coffee in the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation

Overall: An interesting gimmick beer that I thought I would enjoy more than I did; the egg nog and stout elements tended to clash more than I hoped they would

Thanks, justanewby, for the opportunity

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3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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The Martians Kidnap Santa! (Egg Nog Stout) from Spring House Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.