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.
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 (3403) - 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 (2562) - 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 (4140) - 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.
drfabulous (3567) - 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 (10203) - 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.
Countbeer (3892) - Best of E-Town mit ein Brauhaus, NETHERLANDS - DEC 31, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Vintage 2008: batch # 137
A small brown head which turns into a brown lacing fairly quick and then it disappears completely.
The pour is dark brown ruby but when it all ends in the glass it becomes a murky brown colored beer.
Smell (christmas) spices, brown sticky toasted malts, dried prunes, wood, hints of toffee and caramel and slight hints of liquorice and earthy nuts.
Taste is a bit boozy at first but when it reached the correct temperature and settlements it becomes a nicely balanced beer with darker ingredients, but in no way does it become something like a stout.
The structure and texture are full in every way and well balanced.
Taste light liquorice (not too strong like some impy’s) which is well balanced with earthy tones. There are some spices like vanilla, pepper, custard, some toasted/light smoked malts, toasted herbs and hint of roasted wood and dried darker fruits.
Low to medium carbo, soft mouthfeel, full body and a light creamy texture.
A beer that went well during it’s time cellared.
Curious if it would have became any better over more/the years.