chinchill (1602) - South Carolina, USA - MAR 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Purchased this 2008 bottle, looking in very good condition, today: surprising to see a bunch of these on the shelf. I’d guess a case got lost for several years.
Still OK? ... a solid seal, decent looks and good flavor all indicate yes.
Poured into goblet, this ale is dark brown with ruby-brown highlights when held to the light. The tan head soon recedes to a durable full ring that leaves the glass nicely coated upon tipping.
Aroma: not good at first, but after just a few minutes it emits a fine aroma of toffee, nuts, light spices and some bready notes. Continues to change as it warms.
Taste: more fruity and less nutty than the aroma. lightly bitter; dates and other dark fruits with herbal hops, medium and dark malts, and a bit of dark chocolate. A trace of smoke and coffee in the finish and aftertaste.
Feel: full bodied; very smooth; soft, light carbonation. The alcohol is fairly well hidden with a wild mix of bitterness to roasty malt flavors.
Overall: worth returning to the store to get more of their aged and discounted bottles.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 1, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at 14th Richmond Ratebeer Gathering on 03/19/2011 courtesy of Butters. Dark brown body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet fruit, caramel and light chocolate aroma. Sweet chocolate, caramel, fruit and light spice flavor. Medium full body with moderately low carbonation.
SHIG (3537) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - JUN 9, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to savnac: poured a black brown with a fast dissipating off white head. Sweet malts and dark sticky fruits. Taste is roasted malts, hints I fig and caramel. Finish is dry.
AirForceHops (2939) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - JAN 26, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
500 ml bottle from Ryan and Casey Liquors Greenfield, MA. Trappist glass shows a deep brown color. Nose is pleasant aroma of malt, dates, plums, and an Earthy malt. Tastes of toffee, hops, dried dark fruits, candi sugar, and raisins. Big dark fruit notes. Earthy taste lingers slightly. Carbonation is nearly gone at this point. Still really nice Dubbel.
savnac (2391) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - NOV 21, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Brown in color with a medium beige head. Aroma of figs, caramel/toffee, spicy Belgian yeast esters and mild alcohol. Taste is sweet dark fruits and toffee with some light tart yeast and roast. Medium body with soft carbonation. Nice beer, has held up fairly well with age.
nick76 (4170) - Tampa, Florida, USA - JUL 23, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
The aroma is rather strait froward with a toasted malt porter profile of coffee and chocolate. The appearance is dark brown with a medium head that falls. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is thin. Overall not too much about this beer says seasonal special.
BeerNeedy (125) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - JAN 20, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a bottle poured a murky brown with little to no head. Aroma best described as dank. No wonder they called Hamlet the melancholy Dane! This holiday ale seems truly uninspired as these types go.
drfabulous (3826) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - JAN 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle from Louisville Beer store. Didn’t even realize the date when I bought it. Black body, thin head. Sweet abbey dubbel. Nice raisin aroma and taste. Dark fruit type of thing. Good.
bhensonb (10696) - Woodland, California, USA - JAN 7, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from City Beer. Pours very dark brown with a beige, transient, fizzy head. Aroma of dark malt, chocolate and dark fruit. Full bodied. Flavor is dark fruit, chocolate/treacle and dark roast malt. Finishes balanced with sweet and mild bitter. Think the bitter is from malt. Pleasant drink.
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours cloudy dark brown with a thin tan head. Notes of pepper, dark fruit, toffee, ripe fruits, dusty and phenolic. Medium to full bodied with soft carbonation.