The Martians Kidnap Santa!
Spring House Brewing Company

The Martians Kidnap Santa!The Martians Kidnap Santa!
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Stout - American
Ranked #511
Ranked #23,665
3.85 | pDev: 14.55%
Spring House Brewing Company
Pennsylvania, United States
Very Good
The Martians Kidnap Santa!The Martians Kidnap Santa!
Notes: Rich, creamy stout with an extra dose of holiday cheer.
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cyem25 from New York

1.36/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Excessively foamy when pouring. No body. Very faint spice taste bur certainly no egg nog. Maybe (hopefully) I got a bad batch because this was not a good beer.

Feb 24, 2019
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The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I don’t taste any egg nog. The only flavors I am tasting is chocolate malt and vanilla. I smell the egg nog though. Solid stout but didn’t live up to the name imo.

Nov 10, 2018
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kdb150 from Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer is, quite frankly, a mess. The body is almost non-existent, leading to very little stout flavor dominated by an astringent taste of cinnamon and nutmeg. This was a drainpour.

May 25, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Spring House Brewing "The Martians Kidnap Santa! Egg Nog Stout"
$6 / pint on tap @ The Taproom (Spring House Brewing Co.), Lancaster, PA on 12 April 2017

Notes: Typical stout appearance: brown-black body beneath a finger-thick tan head. Limited head retention and lacing. Softly roasty with milk chocolate and subtle spice in the nose. Much fuller in the flavor with the nutmeg and cinnamon coming forward, and fortunately they're not overdone. Additional notes of dark chocolate, brown sugar, soft coffee, and a hint of vanilla. It's sweetish but not sweet, balanced by a modest bitterness ~ certainly more of a stout that has some spices added to it than a sweet dessert beer. As the roastiness in the finish fades some soft spice is left behind. Unfortunately the bitterness lingers as well, along with just a touch of alcohol. Medium bodied with a moderate carbonation that leaves it soft and smooth but also limits the head retention, a fair trade-off I guess. An interesting beer with a great start, an average middle, and a bumpy finish. Still, I think its good points outweigh its bad points and I'd try it again. I'm hoping that they'll improve it as I think it could be a great winter beer.

May 05, 2017
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Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I actually enjoyed this gimmicky offering from Springhouse, although to be honest most of their beers are somewhat gimmicky. Solid base stout with realistic egg nog flavors.

Dec 24, 2016
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aquabears from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Reddish brown, very dark, mocha head. Smells like egg nog and roast, cinnamon, sweet vanilla. Roasty cinnamon and vanilla flavor too. Definitely get a festive egg nog-like aftertaste. Moderate carbonation (most up front but disappears quickly), thick and chewy, yum.

Dec 22, 2016
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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Or with Leah at sharp edge. neat twist on a stout. I do like eggnog, and this beer has a bit of spice (I think). Any way I can picture driving an eggnog while drinking this Stout.

Dec 11, 2016
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Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bomber > "Can" Glass

A - Pitch black with a huge three finger foamy head, lots of big bubbles, khaki colored, medium thick lacing
S - Roasted malt, dark chocolate, and hints of cinnamon and vanilla, some of that sweet milky egg nog arouna hidden underneath
T - Let me say this, this is a fine stout, enjoyable at that, but there really is a lack of egg nog flavor here, you get the roasty malts, some hints of cinnamon and vanilla, but there's a huge lack of creamy milky quality that should be in here, and finishes quite metallic.
M - Kinda thin, chalky and lingering metallic flavor.
O - While I like the idea of this beer, it wasn't really executed well, though I must say, the aroma really leads you on.

Jan 24, 2016
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tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A little too carbonated, but, otherwise, a very tasty beer. Happy I got to try it, especially at $7 a bottle. Poured black with a tannish caramel head of about 1 cm. Didn't taste exactly of egg nog, but did taste creamy, milky, and sweet with a touch of spice.

Jan 12, 2016
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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours with a considerable head, though it does look whispy & thin. Dissipates quickly. Aroma is mostly a bland roasted malt, though it is possible to pick-up accents from the "egg nog" (i.e., vanilla, heavy cream & nutmeg). Faint astringent alcohol as well, which throws it off a bit. It is a pretty smooth stout, rich & creamy, but really the only flavor you get is your standard, run-of-the-mill roasted malt and the nutmeg spice. No vanilla / cream is present. The spice / malt isn't particularly well-balanced (it's pretty much a big punch of nutmeg upfront followed by the generic malt profile) and it ends with an odd bitterness to opposes what it ostensibly sets out to accomplish. It isn't an awful beer, per say, but it isn't quite a good one, either.

Jan 01, 2016
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IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep brown to black in color. Poured with a short, light beige foam with good retention. Sweet, powdery, artificial chocolate aroma is dominant followed by sweet cream notes and light roasted malt. No hop aromas. Medium bodied with medium carbonation. No smoothness or creaminess. Light chocolatey flavor up front followed by light roasted malt and medium high bitterness through the middle. No hop flavor. Similar to aroma the chocolate sweetness has a powdery, artificial character. Finishes with an emerging booziness and a lingering bitterness. The egg nog character comes through as a milky sweetness. For a stout, this generally lacks roasted malt character. In addition, it's difficult to say if the bitter notes, which are a bit lifeless, are from hops or from the dark malts. The artifical flavors hurt the drinkability. The name is fun - but that's about it.

Dec 27, 2015
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JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice smoky and overly creamy stout. This one had a very nice taste of chocolate, coffee, and some milky like characteristics. The egg nog isn't overly detectable, but to me it almost tasted more like a smoky chocolate milk. It was a very good beer and it paired well with the Christmas holiday and all the snacks that we usually indulge in around that time. I actually drank this beer as an after dinner drink and it worked well. I think this is definitely a stout you should try! This will be one I will always look to buy for my Christmas list.

Dec 26, 2015
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BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Interesting beer, but I guess I was expecting something more on the creamy/sweet side. This one was very artificial, with chemical like overtones in both the aroma and flavor. If you try hard enough, you'll get some egg nog spices, over top of an egg cream base.

Dec 19, 2015
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WoodBrew from Ohio

4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

How dare the martians kidnap Santa....bastards! This beer poured an opquae dark with no head and no lace. The scent certainly had much Xmas themed flare....nut meg, peppermint, chocolate, pine, cinnamon, etc. The taste leaned toward maple mocha with a hint of mint. The mouthfeel was medium in body with subtle carbonation. Overall it was is probably enough....just too many flavors to session.

Dec 03, 2015
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Drinking this right after their peanut butter stout. Paid the same 8 bucks for this gimmick of a beer!

A - The same as the other stout very thick and imperial looking deep blackness with a 1/2 inch of head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Spices of camomile and cinnamon with a nice vanilla tone which I am not certain is like an Egg Nog. Definitely not as aromatic as the peanut butter stout.
T - Bitter and spiced with herbal twang and roasty tongue burning. No real vanilla to "simulate" a nog experience or sweetness really it's kind of bland. Reminds me of sucking on dandelion leaves as a child since my rabbit used to love em bitter and grassy.
M - Rather smooth the flavors may be weird but the body is excellent for a stout.

Overall the bottle I had was TERRIBLE its been a while since I had been so disappointed in a brew! Enough to make me consider not getting anything from these guys again...

Nov 13, 2015
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Jeffwise from Pennsylvania

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smells of thanksgiving haha if you aren't a fan of eggnog I don't think it should turn u away from this beer. I'm not sure if the taste of eggnog is spot on.. I can't put my finger on what it is but it keeps u coming back for another sip... No doubt a delicious brew. As long as you are up for a unique stout I would highly suggest this to you. Very tasty and very drinkable

Nov 13, 2015
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Riggsby from New Jersey

3.49/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Delivered to my chalet by my beer currier, Uncle Frankie. Dark yet thin, smells like the nog, but doesn't deliver the full Monty of a quality stout or a balls-to-the-wall nog either. Expect a bit more booze. Fine brewery. Time to step it up!!

Dec 30, 2014
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EvoRich from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +13%

Look: Pours black with a one finger head. Head retains for a minute or so.

Smell: Sweet vanilla, cinnamon spices, nutmeg, and Christmas cookies.

Taste: Almost exactly as the smell here, very sweet flavors with some spices. Malty towards the finish. Very good!

Feel: Fulled bodied and creamy, like egg nog.

Overall: One of my favorites from last year, the first time I had it. Still great this year!It really does have the flavors and aroma of Christmas.

Dec 09, 2014
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MorgothBauglir from Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Tried this a few times now. It's pretty good, but my thoughts may be affected by my loving of both stouts & egg not. Oddly, it tastes better when you drink it straight from the bottle :/
Still, a decent offering from Spring House.

Nov 27, 2014
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Doctor_Bogenbroom from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I generally despise these over-spiced seasonal concoctions, which seem to be there just to get a visceral reaction out of you. And let's face it, while Martians kidnapping Santa is a provocative name, it doesn't scream quality to me. It just says "cheesy advertising." That being said, I'll give it a whirl. What the heck. Spring House The Martians Kidnap Santa! Egg Nog Stout (try saying that three times fast), on tap at Olivia's, a Greek/Mediterranean-style restaurant in Gettysburg, PA, poured into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: Charcoal soot topped by a dirty brown head that sinks fairly quickly into the muck. No lacing.

Aroma: Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, egg nog, but not in your face. Okay, this might not be so bad. The stout aroma is there, the malts present.

Taste: Hmmmm. I have to taste that again. I'm not sure what I think. Hmmm... Okay, the egg nog is present, but mostly as an aftertaste. What comes through is quiet, but robust maltiness. The flavors of spices don't overpower the stout. You know what, I'm fairly impressed!

Mouthfeel: Medium body with some frothiness on the tongue, as well as carbonation at the back of the throat. Again, not half bad. I've had several swallows of this so far, and I am pleasantly surprised (and so it my tongue)!

Overall: You could probably tell I was leery about this brew before I gave it a try. But I'm glad I did, after all. It's a decent stout topped off with some Christmastime egg noggy spirit that doesn't over-sensationalize the core of the product. Okay, I'm sold. I guess the Martians kidnapped me too!

Nov 26, 2014
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brentk56 from North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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

Oct 19, 2014
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Feb 21, 2014
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stakem from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Feb 10, 2014
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

22oz bomber, presumably from 2013; generously sent as an extra by FleetwoodMatt. Poured into an unlabeled snifter today, 2/6/2014.

App- Dark black body, typical of an imperial stout. Mocha head, about one finger's worth, good retention, not much lacing.

Smell- Nutmeg bomb. Chocolates and roasts are subtle beneath the nutmegs. Interesting but I'm not a big fan.

Flavour- Smell is better than the taste here. Lots of nutmeg, not quite as much of the base imperial stout. Not much actual eggnog here.

Mouthfeel- Creamy, medium bodied, but not particularly interesting. Solid carbonation. Aftertaste is nutmeg.

Overall- Decent beer, nothing special. I don't know where the eggnog is coming from, but I certainly don't get it as much. Lots and lots of nutmeg, though so if you like that, this could be up your alley.

Feb 07, 2014
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jdb288 from New Jersey

3.01/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours black with creamy white head. Smell is ginger, spice, clove. Taste incorporates the classic egg nog spices...lots of nutmeg, some ginger, cinnamon. Creamy mouthfeel...lingering sweetness. Not my cup of tea at all but it might stand out for those that appreciate egg nog.

Jan 17, 2014
The Martians Kidnap Santa! from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 86 out of 100 with 257 ratings