GenDV138 (5673) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - JUL 2, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into a snifter. Iím assuming this is the 2012 release, bought it in February 2014. Clear dark reddish with some quick fading thin beige head. Aromas of nuts, baked bread, dark fruit, some brandy. Tastes of caramel, dark fruit, toasted nuts, spiced dessert bread, some brandy and oak. Medium body with a dry finish. No noticeable oxidation. Not bad, seems to have held up fairly well.
Mrnoluv (293) - long beach, California, USA - JAN 24, 2015
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
not much aroma, not much taste, you can tasted the fruit, but it isnít as strong as you would hoped to be. Itís not sweet nor sour or bitter, itís just there. Not a great beer.
daleharshman (1034) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 12, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber purchased two years ago in January 2013 at Holiday Wine Cellar ($11.49). Had intended to drink this around Christmas last month, but that did not happen. Pours a lovely hazy deep ruby-red-amber with two fingers of fizzy beige foam that reduces quickly. AROMA is on the weak side but has notes of candied fruit (plums, figs, Maraschino cherry), spiced fruitcake, light vanilla, toffee, and a little pipe tobacco. FLAVOR has some cherries and apricots as advertised, sweet-ish caramel malts, some sour dry oakiness, and more holiday fruitcake with candied fruits. Finishes with both sweetness and tartness and well-concealed alcohol. The description sounded quite good, but the execution is not quite there. Always hard to find a good Dubbel... (34, 939)
beechner224 (1017) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours amber with minimal head. Aroma is mix of fruit and spice. Mostly cherry vibe. Taste is a tad sweet, smooth, hint of spice. I was prepared to not like this, but itís actually not too bad. I can def see fruitcake. Better than most Xmas beers.
conway (2210) - - DEC 29, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours Amber with a thin white head. Aroma is cherry and apricot. Taste follows suit and adds a vanilla/brandy note in the finish. There's an unfortunate rubbery note that persists throughout. Medium palate with strong carbonation. This would be pretty good if not for that rubbery note.
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - DEC 25, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle into a goblet on Xmas day. Pours a nice deep copper with a cream head. No lacing. Big cola aroma. Taste is a big variety of candied fruits, vanilla, wood, brandy sweetness and a boozy burn. Lightly tart, roasty. Lots of great flavors. They donít necessarily meld well. But itís definitely an interesting beer.
jgb9348 (5555) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 24, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Rich ruby and violet tinted body with a thin, fast-dying one centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of alcohol, cherries, grapes, prunes, figs, oak, peat, vanilla and a bunch of coganc and brandy. Medium-bodied; Strong alcohol and brandy notes at first with big tastes of vanilla and some peat and smoked bits. Aftertaste relatively mild with only some light fruit and earth coming through with a big alcohol and warm feeling at the end. Overall, a decent beer, but not enough depth nor complexity to make it great - some nice flavours at first, but thatís it. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Texas Liqour in Carlsbad, California on 19-March-2013 for US$12.199 sampled at home in Washington on Christmas Eve (24-December) 2013.
arminjewell (9237) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour out of 22 oz bottle, dark reddish brown pour with thin tan head, aroma brought notes of fig, raisin, plum, nice cinnamon, clove, spice notes, actual cake notes in there as well with some sugary bread notes, slight fruit with orange, apricot, berry notes as well. Taste is a mix of sweet cherry, berry, orange, hints of apricot, nice pie like notes with bread, raisin, toffee, slight belgian yeast, hints of cinnamon, spice, finishing slightly oaky, hints of brandy in there as well, pretty interesting for sure.
Sarlacc83 (1809) - Portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 28, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
From Shane. Thanks!
A: Brown with a dark creme colored head. Decent lacing.
N: Clove, esters, touch of the tangerine, lots of prune, raisins, dough/bread, cinnamon and spice.
T: Slightly sour,, some doughy sweetness. Citrus shines through. Some phenols. Not at all good.
M: Bit watery, lighter mouthfeel, alcohol is well-hidden.
O: Itís different, but thatís the most I can say about it. Neither my wife nor I really enjoyed this.
blipp (7904) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 19, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft. Pours reddish amber with an off white head. Dark fruits, a hint of tartness, vanilla, and medium sweet malts. Odd, but it really works. The guy I was talking to at the tasting room said they werenít thrilled with this when they first released it, but that they were really happy with how it was aging. Either way, as of August 2013 itís doing pretty well, so if youíre sitting on bottles and reading average ratings, know that youíre beer might actually be getting better.