The Martians Kidnap Santa!
Spring House Brewing Company

The Martians Kidnap Santa!The Martians Kidnap Santa!
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From:
Spring House Brewing Company
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Stout
ABV:
8.3%
Score:
85
Avg:
3.79 | pDev: 14.78%
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
225
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 29, 2020
Added:
Oct 12, 2013
Wants:
  31
Gots:
  38
SCORE
85
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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Rated: 3 by NonicPanic from Pennsylvania

Jun 29, 2020
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Reviewed by cyem25 from New York

1.36/5  rDev -64.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.99 by tdm168 from Pennsylvania

Dec 22, 2018
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Reviewed by The_Beer_Guru from New York

3.95/5  rDev +4.2%
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
 
Rated: 4.25 by bdiiorio from Connecticut

May 07, 2018
 
Rated: 3.46 by buzzy from Pennsylvania

Jan 09, 2018
 
Rated: 3.79 by bf7 from Pennsylvania

Dec 24, 2017
 
Rated: 3.96 by luke12345 from Pennsylvania

Nov 17, 2017
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Reviewed by kdb150 from Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -37.2%
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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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
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
 
Rated: 3.33 by AlexFields from Tennessee

Mar 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3.81 by Budlum from Maryland

Jan 15, 2017
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Reviewed by Casey3236 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Reviewed by aquabears from Connecticut

4.09/5  rDev +7.9%
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
 
Rated: 3.74 by TTripp725 from Pennsylvania

Dec 15, 2016
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +14.8%
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
 
Rated: 4.1 by malfunxion from New York

Jul 01, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by krome from Illinois

May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.75 by jgunther71 from Illinois

May 03, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by nathanmiller from New York

Apr 26, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by SonictheBeerhog from New York

Apr 25, 2016
 
Rated: 3.99 by shoegueuze from California

Mar 03, 2016
 
Rated: 3.87 by Stofko1992 from Pennsylvania

Jan 28, 2016
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Reviewed by Omnium from Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
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
 
Rated: 3.44 by devilfluff from New Jersey

Jan 23, 2016
 
Rated: 4 by TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

Jan 17, 2016
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Reviewed by tkdchampxi from New Jersey

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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
 
Rated: 4.05 by Ultimate from New Jersey

Jan 10, 2016
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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
 
Rated: 3.32 by REVZEB from Illinois

Jan 01, 2016
 
Rated: 4.12 by csliv from Pennsylvania

Dec 28, 2015
 
Rated: 3.72 by Beerbom from California

Dec 27, 2015
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Reviewed by IronLover from Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -14%
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
 
Rated: 3.46 by DrStiffington from New Jersey

Dec 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.1 by MrJuengling from Pennsylvania

Dec 26, 2015
 
Rated: 4.43 by jbfarris from Georgia

Dec 26, 2015
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Reviewed by JPowell712 from Pennsylvania

4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
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
 
Rated: 3.32 by jmg480 from Pennsylvania

Dec 25, 2015
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Reviewed by BeerImmediately from Pennsylvania

2.86/5  rDev -24.5%
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
 
Rated: 2.97 by madelf66 from Pennsylvania

Dec 18, 2015
The Martians Kidnap Santa! from Spring House Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 257 ratings